It’s not often that a night of karaoke leads to a commission, but for architect and interior designer Elizabeth Roberts, a friend’s birthday party turned out to be quite the auspicious occasion. “It was the first time I ever did karaoke, and it turns out that I really like doing karaoke,” Roberts laughs. “We were there until the wee hours of a weeknight and had so much fun. And, in the morning, I got a call from our mutual friend who said, ‘You know, my friend who you met last night? He has a house in Orient, New York, that he’d like you to renovate.’ Our personalities meshed.”
Roberts’s charms notwithstanding, she’s also a powerhouse AD100 architect; her clients include A-listers like Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard. The homeowners and Roberts also shared a geographic connection: Both are California transplants who share a love of open, bright spaces and unfussy
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