"Good design has great longevity."
ADORNA Design’s founder, Danielle Capozzi, developed her passion for design at an early age. Being raised among multiple generations of cultured artisans, skilled tailors and custom builders, she was always exposed to thoughtful craftsmanship and learned that details matter. Danielle pursued this passion through the study of Architecture and Interior Design while attending Philadelphia University and The American University of Rome. Her professional experience of 20+ years includes work in both the public and private sectors, including high-end urban, suburban and vacation residences, commercial and hospitality properties, historic renovations, adaptive reuse, and mixed-use developments.
Through her formal training and multi-disciplinary skillset at various scales, Danielle offers tremendous value to her clients. Her unique design perspective seamlessly integrates interiors with architectural context, and she specializes in developing visions and managing the collaborative process across client, architect, designer, municipality, builder, subcontractors and vendors. Danielle's ability to create innovative and functional spaces coupled with her eye for textures, colors and furnishings is why so many clients return with their next design endeavor. With a fundamental belief is that the most successful efforts are built on trust and transparency, Danielle strives to help clients navigate a project from conception through completion via a streamlined, educational and fun process.
Her knowledge and diverse portfolio can be attributed to her time at Wyant Architecture, WRT and The Houses at Sagaponac. Danielle currently resides in Haddonfield, NJ with her husband and their two children.
Whether it's where they live, work or play, ADORNA Design believes everyone is deserving of a beautiful and functional environment that reflects their unique interests and inspires their lifestyle.
Using design to enhance one's quality of life is the guiding principal behind ADORNA Design's work, all while respecting and celebrating the architecture. The practice is devoted to thoughtfully-conceived solutions; vetting these solutions according to project scope, budget and timeline is a top priority in any project, regardless of scale.
It is especially-fitting that Danielle's maiden name, Adornato - translated from Italian, means to beautify and enhance - served as the inspiration behind the name of the firm. ADORNA Design believes in creating fresh, timeless spaces that both respond to and enhance how people currently live, as well as adapt to how they see themselves living in the future.
Meet the Team
Jenn McAllister, Project Designer
Jenn’s passion for design and gift for visualization were evident from a young age. From conceptualizing spaces in her childhood homes to being the eyes for her blind grandmother as they traveled throughout Thailand, her experiences deepened an appreciation for the meaning of “home." Her now 2-plus decade career in Interior Design has brought her to ADORNA Design as a valued Project Designer.
Bringing to the team extensive experience in commercial and educational spaces as well as shore properties, Jenn is a natural at creating “homes away from home." The way in which she connects with clients allows for each design to both echo and enhance their lifestyles.
Jenn holds her B.S. in Interior Design from West Virginia University and resides in Haddonfield with her husband and daughter.
Emily Oleaga-Talley, Project Designer
A registered architect with over 20 years of design experience ranging from large-scale, senior living to high-end residential architecture, Emily melds together the broad strokes of design with the close attention to detail needed to make the built environment an extension of its user. Her wide scope of project types and experiences have allowed her to develop an approach to design that is rooted in a wholistic and transparent design process in which the client is central in guiding decisions.
Equally at home within the mid-century modern works of Richard Neutra or in the current design trends, Emily understands that good design is, at its core, a three-dimensional solution that encompasses form, function, aesthetics, proportion and a deep understanding of the client needs and wants.
Emily holds her Bachelor of Architecture from Louisiana State University and resides in Collingswood, NJ with her husband and children.
Chelsey Smith, Design Assistant
Chelsey’s interest in design began organically, growing up in a family of contractors and proudly contributing to the transformation of her childhood home as a teenager.
Years later, that interest surfaced and led her to earning a graduate degree in Sustainable Design from Philadelphia University, where she married her passions for both environmentalism and design. Chelsey’s strength lies in long-term design thinking and her devotion to creating beautiful, healthy, and timeless spaces that you’ll never want to renovate again. Additionally, she brings years of client management and start-up experience to the ADORNA team, helping to make the client experience one that is organized, transparent, and nurtured.
Chelsey lives in her own ever-changing fixer-upper in Haddon Township, along with her handy husband and their young son.