Barbara likes to “build a room like a painting, each stroke and layer creating the final space”. Her designs bridge old with new and incorporate colors derived from nature: flora, plants, rocks, ocean, sun, sky. She loves to use splashes of eclectic touches in her stylish, textured and restful interiors. Passionate about helping her clients identify and express their style, she works with them to develop an interior in which they can feel nurtured but also renewed.
Barbara spent her childhood in Europe and Washington D.C., but moved to Paris as a young adult, where she studied Graphic Design at the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Graphiques (E.S.A.G- Atelier Met de Penninghen) and obtained her diploma as a Fashion Designer and illustrator at the renowned Studio Berçot in Paris, France. In addition, she took classes with the Parson's School of Design branch in Paris.
Barbara will work closely with you to help you create a truly unique space. If you work with an architect or a team of contractors, she will collaborate with them to ensure the space planning and material selections are harmonious and respect the design goals.
Recently, Barbara has teamed up with Dowel Furniture to create a line of chairs, ottomans and tables. Entitled the "Barbara Elza Hirsch" Collection, this line has an ‘old-world-meets-new-world’ style inspired by the designer's French background. The buyer essentially creates their own custom piece by choosing frame, finish, fabric and trim detail from a plethora of options.
Elza B. Design has been featured in New England Home Magazine, The Boston Globe, Boston Design Guide, Boston Home, New Hampshire Home, Merrimack Valley Home, Maine Home + Design, Rooms Magazine, New Old House, IFDA New England.
• "Best of Houzz" 2018 Design
• “Best of Houzz” 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 for Customer Satisfaction
• Voted “Page of Happiness” twice on Angie’s List
• Grand Prize for Overall Excellence in Design,
Designer Shine Awards, 2014, Designer Bath in Beverly, MA
• Winner of Excellence in Design, Small Bath Category
Designer Shine Awards, 2016, Designer Bath in Beverly, MA
• Designer On Call at the Boston Design Center 2016 + 2017
• IFDA (International Furnishings and Design Association)
• ASID (American Society of Interior Designers)
• WBN (Women's Business Network)