Architecturally Inspired with Elizabeth Graziolo of Yellow House Architects

2023 Kips Bay NY Yellow House - photo by Nick Sargent

Join us as we take a peek inside the creative mind of Elizabeth Graziolo, founder and principal of Yellow House Architects, in this edition of Love Happens’ Design Questionnaire. Based in New York City, Elizabeth and her collaborative-minded architecture and interior design practice specialize in residential and commercial work. Projects include beautiful NYC Upper East Side townhouses, a mixed-use condo, an iconic One Wall Street model home, Midwest and Palm Beach private estates, a stunning residential renovation in Turks and Caicos, and more!

As a trustee of some of New York’s most admirable architecture, art, and science institutes and a member of Architectural Digest magazine’s renowned AD100 list and LHM’s Top Interior Design Firms We Love in NYC, Elizabeth Graziolo and her firm Yellow House Architects are award-winning design talent to love! Read on and be inspired!

Meet Elizabeth Graziolo of Yellow House Architects in the Lh Design Questionnaire

Elizabeth Graziolo, Founder & Principal of Yellow House Architects | Photo by Joshua McHugh
Elizabeth Graziolo, Founder & Principal of Yellow House Architects | Photo by Joshua McHugh

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Perfect happiness for me varies. It can be spending time with my kids, cozied together watching a movie, enjoying the sunset from my apartment with a glass of wine, catching up with work on a Saturday morning with the world’s largest cup of coffee at the banquette in my kitchen in Hudson (a.k.a. my nook), or discovering a cool song and playing it over and over again.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My children, first and foremost. They are the most incredible people I know! A close second is starting my own business and getting to create and collaborate on exciting and innovative designs with my team.

Iconic Home by Yellow House Architects
Design by Yellow House for The Iconic Home Virtual Showhouse by Architectural Digest, 2021

What profession does your alter ego have?

I really love what I do, but if I did something else in another life, it would be a movie set designer.

The project you will never forget.

I will never forget the first townhouse project I worked on on New York City’s Upper East Side. It was the largest project I managed at the time. I learned so much while working on it, from how best to restore a landmark façade, designing functional and beautiful interiors for a young family, and coordinating/managing a large team.

Your favorite business tool or resource.

We are going old school here: tracing paper and a pencil; it’s a classic pairing.

The most timeless design.

Timeless design is laid out thoughtfully and well-proportioned. It is simple, elegant, and comfortable.

The biggest design faux pas.

A design that doesn’t relate to human scale. Creating an aesthetically pleasing space or object that is not functional.

Your design motto.

Design spaces you would like to live in yourself.

Our publisher, KOKET, makes statement décor. If you were to design a room around one of their pieces, which would it be, and why?

I love the Enchanted Dining Chair. It is a beautiful and very bold design. It’s comfortable, stands out, and adds visual interest to any room. We once used it to help create a dreamlike bedroom.

Love Happens when…

There is a choice, a connection, and you feel comfortable.

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Feature Image: Interior by Yellow House for the 2023 Kips Bay Showhouse NY | Photo by Nickolas Sargent

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