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Revitalizing Heritage with Leesa Raab of Re: Design Architects

Celebrating Brooklyn’s  Gem

In the heart of Brooklyn’s historic Fiske Terrace, stands a remarkable testament to the blend of tradition and modernity: the Brooklyn Victorian. This 5 bedroom/5 bath Victorian, built in 1904, has recently undergone a transformative journey under the guidance of Re: Design Architects. The firm, renowned for its innovative approach to architecture and interior design, is led by Lead Architect Natalie Rebuck and her dedicated design team. This article delves into the creative mind behind Re: Design Architects’ recent success, Leesa Raab, their Communication Director.

Exterior view of the Brooklyn Victorian house showcasing its classic architecture and tree-lined surroundings
Outside of the Brooklyn Victorian house

Project Spotlight: Brooklyn Victorian

The Brooklyn Victorian, a classic home from the early 1900s, was in good shape but needed a modern update. Re: Design Architects took on this task with great care, repainting and redoing every part of the house, and putting in new floors to make the inside feel new and lively. They transformed the small, enclosed kitchen into a larger, open space that connects smoothly with the living area. This change shows the firm’s approach of making spaces both useful and beautiful.

Modern and elegantly designed dining room inside the Brooklyn Victorian house
Brooklyn Victorian: Dining Room

Exclusive Interview with Leesa Raab

Leesa Raab, a pivotal figure at Re: Design Architects, recently shared insights into her journey, inspirations, and the impact of winning at the INT Awards. Her perspective offers a unique glimpse into the world of interior design.

1. How has winning at the INT Awards influenced your views on your creative journey or business?

Leesa Raab: This recognition has provided me the opportunity to share the win with new and existing clients.  It has also given me a new viewpoint on how I approach my potential projects.

2. Could you share some standout moments or challenges faced during the INT Awards submission and evaluation?

Leesa Raab: Taking the time to be introspective about the submitted project has proved to provide value in how I’m approaching future projects.

3. What inspires your creativity in interior design?

Leesa Raab: I’m always researching and absorbing in a variety of ways, from visiting museum exhibits, to watching the fashion on the streets of NYC, all of which contribute to my imaginative process. I also have my twin five-year-olds to thank for fueling my imagination–having to think through the process and functionality from both a parental and child’s perspective has improved my approach in many ways.

4. How do you expect the INT Award to influence your reputation in the industry?

Leesa Raab: INT is such a well known entity with a great reputation, I’m excited to showcase this recognition for my current and future clients to see.

5. What do you find most valuable about the INT Award experience?

Leesa Raab: Having the opportunity to look back on some of my work that I’m most proud of and think through lessons learned which proved to be a valuable experience.

6. Do you plan to participate in the next INT Awards?

Leesa Raab: Of course.  We are excited to see where the next year takes us and we are looking forward to applying for next year’s awards with a completely new take.

Cozy and stylish bedroom in the Brooklyn Victorian house
Brooklyn Victorian: Bedroom

Re: Design Architects – Redefining Spaces with Elegance

Re: Design Architects, led by the talented Natalie Rebuck, stands as a symbol of innovation in architecture and interior design. With over 17 years of experience, Rebuck excels in creating luxurious, functional interiors, skillfully balancing modernity with historical elements. Her unique approach blends maximalist, modern, and antique styles, resulting in immersive, inviting spaces.

The firm offers a comprehensive service spectrum, from concept to completion, ensuring a smooth process for clients. This approach, coupled with Rebuck’s expertise in project management and material sourcing, delivers bespoke, stress-free experiences for residential and commercial projects.

As a recognized Women Business Enterprise in New York, Re: Design Architects not only leads in design excellence but also champions the empowerment of women in the industry. Their transformative projects, like the Brooklyn Victorian, showcase their commitment to creating spaces that are not just visually stunning but are experiences of timeless beauty and functionality.

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