Val Nehez, Founding Principal, Interiors
Following art history and architecture-focused study at Bard and Vassar Colleges, Val’s design career started in earnest when she designed, branded, owned and operated two restaurants in the one-time ghost town of Tivoli, NY. Sustained by the rich history and natural beauty of the Hudson River Valley, Val’s successful endeavors as a restaurateur led not only to favorable reviews in the New York Times food section, but also to a cookbook, published by Simon & Schuster.
Though she spent her childhood in West Mt. Airy, Val now enjoys a second life in Philadelphia and focuses on the creation of inviting environments for her clients. Every project is a bespoke process and Val invites her clients to bring their idiosyncrasies and personalities to the table. As Val puts it, “I’ve gained the ability to dance in the moment with my clients, bringing joy to the design process as the projects take a direction of their own – I’ve learned the grace of moving with it.”
Kelly Ennis, Founding Principal, Architecture
Kelly’s interest in the way people identify a sense of self through the spaces they inhabit developed while she was earning her degree in anthropology from Brown University. What most excites Kelly, and in fact drove her to pursue a career in architecture, is the idea that these spaces can be designed and tailored to individual people’s lives. The influence of her childhood in New England and first architecture apprenticeship on historic Nantucket, MA remains in her respect for traditional and historic architecture. In renovation work, she feels strongly that it is important to keep to the character of the building and its surroundings for an effective meshing of the old and the new.