Asbury Park, NJ

Nancy l mikulich headshot
Crafting visually stunning Spaces.

Sense of Place….
Sense of Space….
Come Home to your Senses.

For more than a decade, Nancy Leffler-Mikulich has fostered the development of her design style by infusing many creative endeavors: interior design, photography, art collection, fashion and music. From her boutique store, OASIS HOME, located in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Nancy and her associates build on the passion for design and curation of home décor, art and all things beautiful and unique. NLM Design Interiors is known for creating spaces that are striking, poetic environments combining clean lines and classic form.

The design sensibility is grounded in materials and values that endure. Her spaces are at once comfortable and freshly discerning: The culmination of lifelong interests in music, dance, art, design, fashion, architecture, performance, and history. Her passion for music performance and recording began as a classically trained violinist. Throughout the 1980s, she began creating musical environment installations and collaborated with other musicians and performers from other genres, and performed in Europe and NYC at reknown spaces such as CBGB, Max’s, and the Kitchen.

In the 1990s, Nancy relocated to the Redwood Coastline of the Santa Cruz Mountains in California and returned to school to study interior design: Recognizing how good design has the ability to positively impact people, tranform their experiences, and, in business environment, enhance brand awareness and profitability. ​

Nancy takes the same approach to her design projects as she had to music and performance, appreciating the collaborative process with her clients and professional artisans she brings to each project.

Maintaining a client roster including private homes, offices, and lobbies throughout the Metro area, Nancy has created a reputation for quality appreciated by her discerning client list and store patrons.

Recognized by ASID, Houzz, and HGTV and frequently featured in numerous publications, websites and media outlets, the award winning designer, speaker, and retailer, now heads up two companies:

OASIS HOME by NLM Design Interiors and NLM Design Interiors, llc.

Ten Questions

What’s your go-to classic color choice?
Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter is a most versatile color. It is grey that translates well under a variety of lighting and design scenarios. It can be dark or light, depending upon the application. It is an historic color, and so works in both traditional as well as contemporary design.
Is there a hotel that’s most inspired your work while traveling?
The Setai in South Beach Miami for design and the Regent Palm in Turks and Caicos to unplug and recharge. Both of these properties understand the importance and value of integrating wonderful yet subtle natural scents through natural floral and herbal arrangements in the spaces. Costanoa in Northern CA is another great place to unplug as is the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur.
Which pieces of technology do you use to document design inspiration?
I am tethered to my iPhone. The camera, various design apps, Instagram, the ability to resource product and respond to clients while on the road has made designing so much more accessible for everyone and thus made the design process a much more collaborative one, which is the way I prefer to work.
Where do you go to spot new style?
I love Fashion Week in NYC. NYC is best in the Fall and everyone seems to have their creative batteries recharged after the summer. Not only do fashion designers showcase their new designs, but everyone on the street is showcasing their own personal style identities. So much to be inspired by!
Do you have a favorite restaurant (for the design and the food, of course)?
When the Four Seasons was open, it was such an authentic mid century environment. I think Tom Colicchio is genius and his property Colicchio & Sons on 10th Ave in NYC is fabulous, as is L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Paris, and Eric Ripert's Le Bernadin in NY. I would be remiss to not say how much I have been personally influenced by Alice Waters and Chez Panisse. Her genius is really what has spearheaded the farm to table movement in the US.
What’s your favorite small museum in the world?
The Tate Modern, the Broad in LA, and Musée d'Orsay in Paris are my obvious favorites. I also am inspired by the art produced by students in art universities and try to go to exhibits by graduating students at schools like MICA and RISD.
How do you usually start your weekend?
I love to do yoga on the beach at sunrise. I also love lingering with my coffee and the weekend NY Times, especially the weekend Arts, Travel and Book Review sections. Since there is a retail boutique to manage, the work week is usually 24/7, and weekends can be a very busy time, so my weekend mornings generally start early and are a sacred time for me to gather thoughts.
Who or what is your biggest design influence?
My influences are far and wide. Kandinsky, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Merce Cunningham, Vicente Wolf, Frederico Moupou, Pina Bausch, Philip Glass, David Bowie and Brian Eno. All great thinkers, creators, and innovators who's impact in evident in my design work.
How do you keep it all together?
By appreciating what comes from letting go and letting the design flow.
Design a garden: groomed or freestyle?
Tamamono and karesansui are styles of Japanese gardens. Japanese garden design where rocks and the wild intrusion of nature are integrated and offset by rigid pruning of shrubbery and strategic plantlife placement. I appreciate the randomness of nature and integrate elements of happenstance into the overall studied deliberate practicum of my design process.

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