Re-mix at my house: Foyer

Foyer Almost Done

Here’s where we are now on our gradual re-mix…  Still needs that last layer of accessories, but we’re getting there.

Foyer Before

Here’s where we started with the previous owners window treatment and all that dark wood.  This shows what a huge transformation you can make just by removing heavy draperies and painting out select woodwork.

Foyer During

We love the rich dark wood in our home, even more now that it’s featured by being offset with all the white trim.  Remember:  it’s your house, you paint that wood if you want to.  There are no rules in design – you have to live in your home and you have to love it.

Funk Design Studio on Dering Hall

Funk Design Studio on Dering Hall

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Fire: Essential Element for Warmth

There’s nothing better than lighting a fire for instant warmth.  But what if you don’t have a working fireplace? Well there are some great options where no chimney, and no gas or electrical connection is needed. You can literally buy it today and be sitting fireside tonight.

Bioethanol fireplaces burn clean and give off the look and sound (yes, really) like the real thing.

And I have a trick with a bioethanol (or gel fuel) fireplaces; wood scented incense to complete the sensory experience.  Sight, sound, smell and amazing ambiance all covered.


Warm weather dreaming; Austin style

“I think there is beauty in everything.”— Alexander McQueen

No matter where I am in the world, I gravitate to fabrics, colors, and textures.  No surprise, right?  That was no exception with a recent trip to Austin, Texas.  Below, a few of my pics and a few Southwestern inspired looks.  Yee-Haw.

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photo: Sandra Funk Levy




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photo: Sandra Funk Levy


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Marsala warms us up

Every year we wait for the latest Pantone color of the year to be announced…  I’m sure you’ve heard, the 2015 color is MARSALA (PANTONE 18-1438). describes it “much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.”  We always love to see where we will find the color next.  It’s popping up all over… take a look.


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marsala-cupcakesvia:  Pinterest

via: Lonny


via: Crate & Barrel


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I’m feeling cozy already.






Funk Design puts on the Ruby Red Shoes for CASA

CASA Red Shoe BAll

Photo from Baristanet: Red Shoes unite at the CASA Ruby Red Shoe Ball

I was thrilled to attend and donate design time to the annual Ruby Red Shoe Ball for CASA.  CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, does amazing work  for the children of Essex County in Foster Care.   What a wonderful cause and an inspirational night.  See the full Baristanet breakdown here.

To learn more about CASA Essex County, check out


The Attitude is Gratitude

“Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” – GB Stern

On November 14, Funk Design Studio hosted the most anticipated gathering of the season, The Attitude is Gratitude party. It was a way to give thanks to our vendors, creative partners, friends, and clients. The evening’s entertainment was by The School of Rock Montclair.  They provided, as they say:  “the premiere music education experience for young musicians”.

Not only were the guests treated to great music, but also their just desserts by The Little Daisy Bakeshop.

Don’t take our word for it, all the fun, music, treats, and laughs were captured by Colleen Issa Photography.  

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Yes, those were some shameless party vendor promotions – thank you!  Could not have done it without you.  And my biggest, hugest, gigantic thank you goes to my team and my husband for all your help putting together a great night.

The bottom line:  Thank you!


FDS gets a brand new virtual home

I'm thrilled to introduce our new website:

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I wanted it to be lighter, brighter, all about easily scrolling through beautiful images & fun.  Also, a little more techy than our old one.  Now existing clients can schedule meetings online (love this feature).

How'd we do it?

I have a rock star Web Designer.  Nicole at Curio Electro opened up my brain and grabbed what she needed to make this happen.  She's magic & a damn good artist.  She drew our map (our office is impossibly hard to find, a hidden gem) & the "busy Sandra" avatar - where she noted that she gave me a good butt.  Why thank you.


I also have to thank my team, Sami & Amanda, for all of your help on the content (oh, the content!), gathering the portfolio pics & edits, edits, edits.  Great work - thank you!

To the amazing photographers, thank you for your vision, skill & the use of your pretty pictures.

Last but never least, thank you to my clients!!!  Without your daily leaps of faith, there would be no stunning outcomes, only safe beige rooms.  Thank you for that, for your kind words & for sharing your little design secret (me) with your friends!

It definitely takes a village.  Enjoy the tour!