Lisa Puchalla founded her boutique design firm, LilyMae Design, LLC, in 2007 after renovating her own 1907 Dutch colonial home from top to bottom. “I was inspired by the transformative process of watching this old historic home give way to a new chapter,” she recalls. “I had to maintain the home’s period charm while integrating the practical needs of my husband and three children. That’s how my ‘relaxed elegance’ design philosophy was born.”

Puchalla defines “relaxed elegance” as a look that integrates the client’s personality and lifestyle with refined materials and sophisticated colors to create beautiful, functional interiors. “My approach is driven by an understanding of my clients,” she says. “I ask questions, questions and more questions and observe how the family interacts with their various spaces. They will be living in the space so I make sure they have as much hand in the process as possible.”

LilyMae Design, LLC, was named a Best of Houzz award-winner from 2014 through 2017. Lisa Puchalla’s designs have been featured in prominent publications including Home & Design and The Washington Post, and have appeared in blogs including House of Turquoise and Home Bunch.