An Exploration of Muted Color & Texture with Elisa Baran

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In this edition of Love Happens’ Design Questionnaire, join us for a peek inside the creative world of Elisa Baran. Founder of the eponymous NYC-based firm, Elisa Baran, works throughout the US, creating homes for her clients to de-stress and enjoy life. Specializing in custom furnishings, one-of-a-kind design finds, and mixing high and low pieces; an Elisa Baran design offers timelessness, comfortability, and honest simplicity.

Meet Elisa Baran in the Lh Design Questionnaire

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What is your idea of perfect happiness?

For me, perfect happiness is a true work/life balance. Setting a routine that allows for me not to think in the morning and just do was something I developed at a very young age and stick to now. If I had to define it, I would say perfect happiness is to do what you love whenever you can, travel for inspiration, make mistakes to keep learning and growing and be fully present with the ones you love.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement was when I flipped my first home in California with no knowledge about the industry and without an interior design background or degree. It sold the first day on the market for over asking, and that’s when I knew I found what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. 

Interior by Elisa Baran (Photo by Michael Clifford)
Interior by Elisa Baran (Photo by Michael Clifford)

What profession does your alter ego have?


The project you will never forget.

Crescent because of all the unknown parts that allowed me to gain more knowledge.

Your favorite business tool or resource.

My mom.

The most timeless design.


Interior by Elisa Baran, Architecture by Syosset (Photo by Jared Kuzia)
Interior by Elisa Baran, Architecture by Syosset (Photo by Jared Kuzia)

The biggest design faux pas.

Not matching your lighting temperature. 2700k-5000k, make sure to pick one and stick with it throughout. 

Your design motto.

Perfect your craft and embrace what you know- give the rest to professionals in their field to optimize time and greatness.

Our publisher KOKET makes statement décor; if you were to design a room around one KOKET piece, which would it be, and why?

Neurotica Sculpture I and II. I’m a huge lighting and sculpture fan, and these particular pieces are true focal point pieces for any room. They are total conversation pieces.

Love Happens when…

You stop searching for it and offer it instead. 

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