Bringing you the best ideas and quality with a smile!
We bring our design PASSION
Focused on your project PURPOSE
To deliver PERFECTION!
Our Design Team
Hi! My name is Nicole Lorber and I am the Lead Designer and Owner of Distinctive Interior Designs. My team and I would like to be your guides through this amazing journey known as interior design. You may wonder, “What makes us qualified to take you through this process?” Well, we have over 45 years of combined design and project management experience helping people design their homes and business spaces. You may be shocked to learn that I grew up in Upstate New York, where there were more cows than people and interior design was only a phrase heard in movies and on TV. Yet, I was an artist who always had an eye for design, even if it was homes built by the hands of my father and uncles.
To start our tour, why don’t we learn a little about each other? I will start. I live, sleep, and breath interior design because I love it SO much! I love helping my clients make their vision a reality (with a few twists of my own that they often haven’t even considered, but LOVE once they hear my ideas)! As an interior designer I wear many hats–designing is only one of them. I am also my client’s advocate (with contractors), a budgetary guide, a product guru, a mediator /couples counselor, and…most importantly, an artist and interior design expert!
Now…meet the rest of our amazing team:
Judy Chiarella is my right hand and the other half of my brain since 2005. She has a background in the NYC Fashion Industry. Initially, her involvement was designing and fabricating custom window treatments with impeccable attention to detail (truthfully…she is even more of a perfectionist than me, lol). Over the years she has developed a keen eye for color, and tremendous knowledge. As a result, she started taking on full-service interior design projects for residential clients. When I decided to purchase a 60 year old commercial interior finishes company in 2017, I begged her to help with more in office administration needs and take on commercial project management as well.
In her free time, Judy enjoys the outdoors with her dogs and hosting dinner parties for her friends and family, as well as traveling for great experiences and inspiration.
Marlene Bollar joined Distinctive Interior Designs in early 2020 as a Design Assistant. She actually was one of our clients. We were awestruck by how organized, professional, and personable she is and are thrilled to have her join our team.
She is a Rutgers University graduate, and a strong background in project management, event planning, communications, and marketing. As a life-long fan of creative endeavors, she has made a smooth transition to the world of interior design. Her knowledge of currents trends, organizational skills, and a strong desire for perfection has made her an invaluable member of the team. Marlene appreciates the joy that design brings both through function and beauty, and she loves helping make the design process seamless for our clients.
Beyond her efforts with DiD, Marlene has been a leader in philanthropy and community service for two decades. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Boys and Girls Choirs and is an active volunteer with the Alice Paul Institute.
Stephanie Johnson is an experienced and creative Interior designer focused on customer service. She earned her degree from The Art Institute of Philadelphia in 2014 and jump-started her career in the corporate commercial design industry. Stephanie worked on a broad range of projects, from full-service million-dollar jobs to simply helping clients order accent artwork for their office spaces. She is now broadening her design knowledge to include residential type projects with experience in home staging, kitchen and bath design, as well as project management.
Hands-on experience prior to joining Distinctive Interior Designs in 2019 as a Design Associate, occurred at commercial dealerships in the South Jersey and Philadelphia areas.
To Steph being a designer is not just a career but a true passion, she enjoys working with every style and is always up for a challenge. Whether you are looking for new furniture for your office or to update your home to fit into the latest modern farmhouse style, she’s looking forward to helping out!
Award Winning Interior Design
In 2017 we won Contractor of the Year from the National Association for the Remodeling Industry (NARI) in Central New Jersey for Best Kitchen Under $30,000. Believe it or not, Distinctive Interior Designs didn’t even submit the kitchen project to get this award – one of our great cabinet suppliers did! They reached out to ask if it would be okay for them to submit the project since we had pulled them in on it. “Of course!” was my response, “as long as the Distinctive Interior Designs’ name ends up all over it”, I said with a smile. All that said, I got a call from my contact telling me they weren’t positive, but had indications that we both had to be at the awards ceremony two weeks from then. Imagine my surprise when I was handed this plaque too – how exciting!
A Unique Approach
As you may see, I am not a by the book kind of person. My approach to design is to think outside the box and truly help you, my client, find your design voice. While my clients are typically located in New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania, their design styles are international. The choices are endless! Whether you love a traditional, or transitional look, contemporary feel, modern design, or an urban beat, my job is to help design your style and make it a reality! Throughout our journey, your style is my style and I will become your design voice.
Sometimes, my voice is used to be in your corner and communicate our vision to your family and get them on board. Other times, you might need me to be your mouthpiece with contractors to ensure the style concept we’ve developed is created with quality and completed on time. Still other moments, you just might not have enough hours in a day to juggle ALL the aspects of a complete remodel. The good news is Distinctive Interior Designs does have that time and the expertise to handle your entire design project! We’ve made it our business for decades now to get you to the other side of your design journey with as little stress and worry on your shoulders as possible.
Now that you have had the opportunity to briefly meet me and get to know my design philosophy, I would like to get to know you and your style. Contact us to start our journey into the world of interior design today!