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25 Best Interior Designers in New Jersey

New Jersey is well known for its Jersey Shore – 127 miles of coastline beginning at Sandy Hook, the northernmost point, where you can take in the stunning New York skyline and stretching all the way to Cape May, America’s oldest seaside resort, and the state’s southernmost point. Magnificent architecture and history span across New Jersey with well-preserved Victorian buildings present in many towns, alongside lots of modern architecture throughout.

Beach Dwellings Design

Avalon-based Beach Dwellings Design was founded by Maria Toczylowski in 2005. Maria’s love of the seaside is demonstrated throughout the spaces she designs – most of which incorporate various coastal elements, whether it be in the wall coverings, furniture or home accessories. Beach Dwellings works with a selection of trusted contractors to ensure each client gets the best out of their home design. The reputation of Beach Dwellings Design has awarded the firm Best of Houzz Service and Design for three years in a row.

~Author Hannah Cook enjoys putting together inspirational articles for The LuxPad and interviewing interior experts who are passionate about design. Always looking to learn new ways to create a beautiful home, she has a love of vintage and rustic interiors and a fondness for floral bed linen.
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25 Best Interior Designers in NJ:

Maria Toczylowski

Beach Dwellings Design

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25 Best Interior Designers in New Jersey

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Melinda Black:

“I discovered Beach Dwellings on a house tour where the store did two of the houses included- my two favorites! I met Maria a few weeks later, before my new house even had walls. She worked with me throughout the remainder of the process of completing my beach home. She helped me decide on paint colors, wallpaper and window treatments in addition to finding the right furniture and helping me choose accessories. She found a couple of very specific, unique pieces that I needed, and was even able to find carpet I loved when I was almost convinced that none existed! My favorite thing about working with Maria was that she didn’t mind that I wanted to be very “hands on” and involved in every decision. I know her job would have been easier if I’d just let her “do her thing” but she was able to adapt to my style and to my wishes. We planned, ordered, shaped and strategized together for many months and the result is fantastic. I absolutely love my home at the shore and my wonderful friends!”

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Nicholas Gaudiosi :

My family chose Beach Dwellings for our Margate, NJ beach house rebuild after interviewing three other design firms. The firm’s principal and founder, Maria was the primary reason that we chose Beach Dwellings. First and foremost, we did not feel pressured into choosing certain brands, designs, colors, or predetermined taste. We went to Maria with our own inspiration set that had been created through months of pinning pictures to Pinterest among various other sites to create a gallery of things that suited my family’s taste. She took these ideas and quickly understood our taste and started building from there. We very quickly and affordably came up with a plan for the whole house, about 3,500 SF in all. We chose hardwood floors, paint colors, carpets, window treatments, furniture, hardware for doors and cabinets, granite colors, bathroom tile and flooring and various other necessities together in a very orderly and efficient manner. We travel quite a bit for work, so there were many times when Maria was able to conduct site visits to ensure that the work was being done properly and up to our standards. Additionally, Maria was able to work very closely with our general contractor, who knew that she was the quarterback for the project. If he was unable to reach us about a decision, we knew that Maria’s management of the project was closely aligned with ours, which made delegating many tasks quite easy and care free. Lastly, a budget was very important to us when starting this project. Maria, unlike many designers whom we interviewed, was amenable to suggesting lower cost options, most often without sacrificing the look we were striving for. Most importantly, Maria was a fun person to deal with and we developed a friendship through working together. I can rarely say that about vendors that I have chosen over time to perform work on a home or office. This is a true testament to the fact that her work is personal and it does not end after the final invoice is paid. I have called Maria many times for follow up items and her customer service has been just as good as it was during the project. You truly get what you pay for with Beach Dwellings!

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Adrienne and Matt Pappas:

“We were overwhelmed with the thought of decorating our new home in Avalon and turned to Maria for help. With two small children at home, we were searching for style but also a bit of practicality. Maria helped us achieve this. She took our lifestyles into account, and, along with her creativity helped us pull together a warm and beautiful home. We loved that along with her professional eye she still managed to allow our individual style to show through. The end result is not merely an interior design project, but a reflection of “us” - from the things that we like, to the way we want our friends and family to feel in our home.

Maria shines at truly appreciating and getting to know her clients. She is easygoing, knowledgeable and FUN! Our decorating process with Beach Dwellings will be ongoing…as will our friendship with Maria. A win-win.”

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Francis Hallinan:

“Our contractor, Matt Pappas of Brandywine Construction, introduced us to Maria Toczylowski of Beach Dwellings to help us with some interior decorating tips to our home and condo. Maria is easy to work with and aims to please. She listens to the customer and outlines a lot of workable options taking into consideration our tastes and budget. We were so thrilled with her help on our Avalon projects that we retained her to help with our Florida home. We highly recommend Beach Dwellings.”

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Terri and Carl Matteo:

“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” … Jane Austen, English novelist

We recently built our home in Stone Harbor, but we live in California. Enter Maria from Beach Dwellings to help us pull this off with style, ease, and flexiblity. Tom Hargest from Hargest Custom Cabinetry recommended Maria to us, and she truly helped us accomplish this project with an incredible amount of patience, skill, and humor. Maria met with us at our convenience (after red-eye flights), listened to our opinions and desires so that our home reflected our personality and desires, and facilitated the deliveries and installations without us even being there. She became the glue that allowed us to have a beautiful home where we can welcome our family and friends.

We trust her opinion as a decorator. She’s creative and has a great eye for paint colors, appropriate furniture, and knows just about every contact that you would need to complete a project of any size. We highly recommend Maria for any decorating project as a caring person, great listener, and true professional. After our experience, we consider Maria a friend and know that she will help us in the future for any decisions that may come our way. She was a blessing for us so that we could create a welcoming, warm, and lovely home. Enjoy your experience.

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Candace Kurlak:

Maria’s decorating ideas are pleasantly fresh! Not your typical “Shore House” decor. Maria appreciates her customers’ input and works with you to achieve your goals. She will help to make your home a reflection of your personality. I like Maria’s fun, relaxed, no-pressure style. It’s a pleasure to work with her. Maria not only is your decorator but a friend too.

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Joy Rhyne:

I worked with Maria on two big projects, our beach house and our residence and highly recommend her. She managed to balance our modern style wishes with functionality. We have an old house. We wanted to update our entire first floor but keep it kid friendly for our two growing, rambunctious boys. Which was not a simple task. I wanted our house to be ‘home’ for the boys but still have style. Maria made it happen from paint color choices to no fuss material choices and was mindful of our budget. She also helped me navigate the nuts and bolts of a renovation from design/lay out of our kitchen, to communicating details to the contractor, electrician, carpenter etc… and the finishing touches which stamped the project a success. She responded promptly to all my emails and calls throughout both projects. My home feels like my home the way I envisioned it would be after renovations and I could not have done it without Maria.

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Marie and Gary Kantor:

I’ve had the pleasure to work with Maria on two homes over the past five years and enjoy the collaborative spirit with which she approaches each project. She has the ability to integrate the client’s wishes, the architect’s vision, and the contractor’s plans seamlessly. She is decisive and has a precise eye for color and attention to detail that marries classic elegance to the latest trends. Her sources have provided those exquisite finishing touches that make my homes unique and I could not be happier with the results! And I could go on and on…!

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Joe and Kate Naggar:

Maria has done so much for us. She has helped revitalize all aspects of our beach home - from furnishing, to painting, to silverware and small details.
Our project was a painful one, of redecorating our 3 floor beach home. We met Maria at her shop, and we spent some time describing what we were looking for. She immediately went to our wave length, and we were super impressed by her customer friendly services. Maria is extremely creative and made our process of reviewing material types and options so easy. She would do all the measurements, and send us by mail the material options and various choices for furnishing. Extremely flexible, easy to work with, creative and efficient. Couldnt have asked for a better experience, and expect to continue working with Maria for a long time to come.

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Danielle and Casey O'Hara:

Working with Maria has been a wonderful experience. She was able to transform our ideas into a beautiful, warm and inviting home that surpassed our expectations. She has an easy going personality and was always available to attend to our needs no matter how big or small. Her work is distinguished by her exceptional style, design skills, and attention to detail. We would highly recommend Beach Dwellings Design to anyone wanting a beautiful home and a stress free design experience. We look forward to working with Maria in the years to come.

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Tracy and Greg Tanner:

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“When we decided to redecorate our great room, we didn’t know where to begin. Maria went to work turning our blank canvas into a warm, functional & beautiful living space. She has been wonderful to work with, always professional & attentive, as well as creative and patient. She listened to our wishes and gave us a fabulous room to be proud of. Her attention to detail and space planning is amazing; she thought of things we never would have. We love our new room and couldn’t be happier. It was such a pleasure working with Maria and we look forward to working with her on future projects.”


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