My Favorite Interior Design Services

Our core obsession, lobby interior design, is just one of several primary interior design services here at Sygrove Associates Design Group. In fact, we provide a quite wide variety of interior design services. In addition to our noted work in high-end apartment, condo and coop buildings, our capabilities include corporate offices and family homes, as well (see below).

According to the National Interior Design Association (IIDA), “Throughout the…the creative process, designers are constantly defining themselves and redefining their work.” I like to think of my team as versatile method actors being constantly exposed to new challenges that sharpen our ability to capture the emotional appeal and artistic expression of each project we undertake.

I’d like to share three projects with you to demonstrate what I mean:
a chic lobby redo on the Upper East Side, a park-inspired hallway total update on Central Park West, and a stately family home in Scarsdale. All stay true to our mission of delivering interior design services that satisfy our clients’ aesthetic desires and also, stand the test of time.

Three of our Favorite Interior Design Services

Favorite Interior Design Projects

Lobby Interior Design – 14 E. 90th Street

Doesn’t this space make you feel like an aspiring urban hot shot? The owners wanted us to freshen-up their pre-war lobby so that it could be more appealing to a younger professionals and families without losing the pre-war charm. This required us to introduce elements into the space that are just a sliver on this side of edgy, but are chic and elegant, as well. This beautiful space today is the total opposite of stodgy.

What I love about this lobby is the delicate balance of artwork and accessories. Stylized butterflies and classical landscape plans give way to hand-colored architectural prints arranged in such a way that they look like mosaics. The accessories such as lamps and furniture are like precious jewels in perfect settings.

I loved being involved in every one of our interior design projects, and this one really stands out.


Hallway Interior Design – 400 Central Park West

What a delight to live on Central Park West across from the verdant environment in Manhattan. The design committee asked us if we could come up with a way to integrate the lushness of the park into this hallway interior design project. We were thrilled with the challenge!

First, we designed a gorgeous carpet that features a stylized branch pattern. It looks ultra luxurious yet it is manufactured in such a way that it repels dirt and mud (and there’s lots of dirt and mud when you live so close to the park. The wall covering, despite looking like organic linen, is hard wearing and durable, too.

Here’s the piece de resistance: In order to keep the long hallways from feeling so endless and bleak, we created twig-inspired wall murals at each end. Having artwork at the end of each corridor creates the feeling of “something to look forward to” as people walk down the hall.

I’m sure you can appreciate why this hallway redo is one of our favorite interior design projects.

Residential Interior Design (Scarsdale Residence)

As a mom and an interior designer, I can appreciate why some parents struggle with how to make their home as comfy and child-friendly as possible, but luxurious as well. If you think that child friendly and luxurious can co-exist, think again!

In this interior design project we started with a typical Scarsdale Tudor void of most of its Tudor interior elements, and went on to reintroduce period-inspired details such as a plaster ceiling, stone and wood flooring, and wall moldings throughout. Our choice of color palette fosters a light, bright, airy and super comfortable home. This living room, one of my favorite interior design projects to date, was also one of our most challenging because the owners have a lot of kids!

And with kids come sticky fingers, dirty sneakers, spills, and more. But my clients wanted a light neutral color scheme. Quite a conundrum, right? Wrong!

During my career of as a lobby interior designer, I have had this challenge many times before and I’ve become an expert on sourcing luxury materials that are soil-resistant, durable, long lasting, yet look and feel luxurious.

If you cringe when you imagine a bunch of toddlers climbing all over the incredible furniture in this irresistible living room, don’t. All of the sumptuous mohair, velvets and nappy carpets are, believe it or not, child-resistant! The luscious palette of taupes, creams, and aqua…creates a sophisticated living room for entertaining and the durability of the materials gives the family a comfy space they don’t have to worry about ruining.

I love my job. My firm is so blessed to be able to provide interior design services that make our clients happy an enable us to explore the limits of our creativity and experience. I’m fired up every morning to tackle the next adventure.

Let’s Make Beautiful Spaces Together.

— Marilyn

Founded in 1982, Sygrove Associates Design Group is the premier New York interior design firm for lobby, hallway and common area installations at high-end cooperatives, condominiums and real estate developments. Our residential and commercial interior design is timeless, functional, durable and easy to maintain, and projects are consistently on time and budget. That’s no accident – our president and founder Marilyn Sygrove is as tough as you are when it comes to quality and aesthetics.

Working closely with boards, residents and other stakeholders to build consensus, all design, planning and installation activities from concept to punch list are directed by Marilyn personally. She listens carefully before ever putting pencil to paper to make sure your space is as functional as it is beautiful. For a consultation please contact Marilyn directly at: 212.757.0631 or [email protected]

What are the Differences Between Commercial and Residential Interior Design

In our office we work on two types of interior design projects, commercial and residential. In commercial interior design we are known for our work on condo and coop lobbies and hallways. In residential interior design most of the projects that come our way are stately suburban homes and compounds.

We are unique in that we do both because there are many differences between commercial (public spaces) and residential interior design (homes).

When a coop or condo building is in need of a lobby or hallway upgrade, many residents will show up and deliver their opinions on style, colors, materials, and more. Now, don’t get me wrong – receiving community feedback is an essential part of the design process. But  people who have been through an interior design project for their own homes often have preconceived notions of how interior design works.

So, before I ever show a swatch or drawing I will outline for my clients the enormous differences between commercial and residential interior design. Here are some highlights:


One major difference between commercial and residential interior design are the materials we must use. High traffic public spaces (think of building lobbies or hallways) require completely different materials than even the high traffic areas of your home, particularly in regard to durability. This is because the volume of people (including kids!), move-ins and move-outs, FreshDirect deliveries, hand trucks, etc. moving through lobbies and hallways is gigantic compared to the number of footsteps you take chasing your kids around your apartment.

Moving past durability in terms of impact, a material’s cleanability is of vital importance, as well. For example, you may love the idea of placing a lovely natural sisal rug in your living room, but what a disaster it would be to place that same rug in front of the elevator leading to your apartment!

I’ve discovered that the key is finding a happy medium between luxury and durability, the needs of the space, and the aesthetics of the residents.

***Please note: Public space design in residential buildings actually falls under the “Hospitality” heading rather than strictly commercial. The aesthetic hospitality designers are looking for is more akin to the residential world rather than office spaces so the materials offered bridge some of those gaps.

Building Codes

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Yes, no matter how creative the vision may be, we must adhere to strict requirements when designing public spaces. There are fire codes, building codes, and protocols within the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) that interior designers must take into account. Generally, the ADA codes will be reflected most commonly in bathroom accessibility, level hardware, ramps (instead of stairs) and the sizes of doorways.

In public spaces, entry access to the building (i.e. opening devices for doors), wheelchair access, the height of elevator call buttons and mailboxes all must comply.

Design Aesthetic

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Designing for an individual, couple, or family allows for personal expression and the opportunity to cater to individual wants and needs. Interior designers want to bring to life the vision of the owner, and budget is usually the only constraint. In commercial interior design projects, the public space must appeal to a larger audience.

My number one goal as a commercial and residential interior designer is to create spaces that make people feel good and be proud to show off. Regardless of the differences between commercial and residential interior design, what’s most important to us is that we transform our clients’ needs and vision into reality. I constantly amazed that we can turn out both types of interior design projects at the level that we do in spite of the differences between commercial and residential interior design.

Do you have an interior design project you’d like to discuss? Let’s create it together!


Contact Marilyn Sygrove directly at:
[email protected]