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Elizabeth Dinkel Design Associates Inc.

554 Norwich Drive
West Hollywood, CA 90048
(310) 278-3700
www.elizabethdinkeldesign.com
info@elizabethdinkeldesign.com
Main Contact: Lizzie Dinkel
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Tailored, spirited, urbane interior design

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While many designers like to make this claim, Dinkel really does create classically enchanting rooms with traditional bones and modern ambitions. Dinkel was raised by one of the mainstays of traditional design—her mother is Leta Austin Foster of Palm Beach. Now Dinkel has awakened the expected with her own distinctive purity, wit and charm. Clients say Dinkel uncovers their design style, then makes it infinitely more chic.

After graduating from Georgetown and working in New York, Dinkel opened a shop in San Francisco in 1991 and moved to Los Angeles in 1995. Her small four-person firm undertakes about four major projects at a time. Recent commissions include work on Andrew Getty's (the 35-year-old grandson of J. Paul) seven-acre Hollywood Hills estate, including a fantasy sleeping loft. The firm dwells on the details, right down to plumbing fixtures and specifically recommended cleaning products. Dinkel is said to be a workaholic, taking great pleasure in completing projects effectively, efficiently and assuming a strong leadership role when appropriate.

Many projects are started with a few rooms, a phased approach and no minimums. In the past, $10,000 powder room beginnings have led to whole-house renovations. The firm takes a higher markup on products, standard hourlies on non-product time and oversight commissions on services, but no design fee. Antique purchases (a favorite) are never overstated retail. Clients feel that Dinkel goes "above and beyond the call of duty" and creates tremendous value in the process. HB Top Designers, 2004.

Representative Client Comments:
"Lizzie's designs are classy, clever and extraordinary." "An influential preppy look." "I did not know how much fun it could be. Lizzie has such upbeat energy." "While I know that Lizzie is doing serious work for a prominent Texas family and moguls in Telluride, she makes us feel just as important." "When we had to fire our crooked contractor, Lizzie took up the reins and led us home. The project would have fallen apart without her." "While offering a mix, she really wants a few good pieces in each room." "The budget evolves." "She gears it up and gets it done." "The house is worth twice as much due to Lizzie's creativity." "She has tremendous resources, which she is quite generous in sharing." "She works so well with family ‘treasures,' and also incorporates the dogs and children quite sensibly." "Lizzie turned the project around and made it happen."

 
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