Lisa Weekes: Interior Designer Extraordinaire

March 01, 2012    

Talk to us about how you became involved with design initially. Was it always a passion of yours?

My love of design started at a very young age. I would often get a perplexed look from my parents when I would ask to stop at an estate sale or open house when they were out driving around town. My design career actually began in fashion advertising working for Elle Magazine in New York City. But it was after buying my first home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, a historic fixer upper with lots of character, that my spark for interior design really ignited. The rest, as they say, is history!

When you arrived in Massachusetts, you became The Pinehills’ in-house interior designer. What did you think when you first saw the community?

I started at Pinehills when it was nameless and still in the permitting stages. It was managing partner Tony Green, president John Judge and me! We worked out of offices in Sandwich and then in downtown Plymouth...long before the Summerhouse was built and we could move on site.

The first time John & Tony took me to the site it was trees and open spaces with just the unpaved fire road.

What projects did you work on during your ten years as The Pinehills’ interior designer?

The Pinehills Post Office, Stonebridge Club & Cabana, Carriage House - Custom Sales Center, Village Green Buildings common areas, the Holiday model home tour(s) as well as many of the events for which I would choose the flowers and create/design the table decor, invitations and gifts.

How would you describe your style?

I like to mix the best of vintage with what is fresh today, bringing classic pieces into a contemporary environment. I like to re-purpose things…mix inexpensive with a little glamour. I don’t like to look like we tried too hard.

For the last few years you’ve had your own company -- Brook House Design on Cape Cod. Why that name?

It is in honor of my Grandmother who raised 3 boys and 1 daughter in the Brook House which was built in 1829 on Cape Cod by my great, great, great Grandfather. My Grandmother was a very young widow in a tough time yet still found time to decorate uniquely, collect the prettiest pieces and have a lovely garden, all while being a wonderful mother. She was a true inspiration to me and a like to think that I inherited her great sense of design and her toughness...

At Brook House Design you continue to work on projects at The Pinehills. What have you been working on?

I just finished the Cobblestone Model home and prior to that I worked on the Whitman Homes Windsail Cottage Model. I also have the pleasure of working with some wonderful Pinehills homeowners which I truly enjoy. I love that each situation is unique. You never know exactly how things will turn out. I love a challenge and the rewarding feeling when it all comes together and you make someone felt great about their home.

On a personal note…how do you enjoy living on Cape Cod? And we note on your website that you have a very furry best friend who must love those beaches!

I had been summering on the Cape since before I could walk and have so many fond memories of my childhood here. I feel truly blessed to be able to live and work here now. Between working on projects at The Pinehills and living on Cape Cod I believe I've truly found myself a little slice of heaven! And dog agrees!

Last question: You have an amazing eye for finding unique pieces. Where do you find them? Is the Brimfield Antique Show one of your favorite destinations?

I never kiss and tell!

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