Helen Piteo Interiors

Transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary since 1995.

Award-Winning Interior Design

At Helen Piteo Interiors, we’re well known for our high-value approach to interior design and staging throughout the entire East Coast. Since 1995, HPI has designed hundreds of residential and commercial projects by drawing upon our experience and unique access to resources that elevate the outcomes of every design project.

Helen Piteo Interiors is unique in that we can step in at any point in a project and offer resources not readily available to the public. We have built excellent relationships with trade professionals and manufacturers to give us the advantage of efficiency at every level of project execution. It is never too late to call us for residential and commercial interior design and staging.

While we’re a nationally recognized firm that services the entire East Coast, we’re proud to call the Hudson Valley region home. The beauty and tranquility of the region carry over into our design approach. When you choose HPI, we understand that every project is unique and work to identify your needs and deliver exceptional results.

Awards & Recognition

2018 Best of Hudson Valley Logo
2020 Best of Hudson Valley Logo
Best of Houzz 2020 - Service
Best of Houzz 2020 - Design
Best of Houzz 2018 - Service
Best of Houzz 2017 - Design
Best of Houzz 2017 - Service
Best of Houzz 2016 - Design

Meet Helen Piteo

Helen Piteo

Helen Piteo

Owner/Interior Designer

“Everyone has a sense of their own style and personality in their home and space. They just don’t know how to bring it together in a cohesive way. That’s where we come in…”

Helen Piteo, among America’s most prominent interior designers, heads one of New York’s most successful and versatile full- service design firms.

Helen brings her passionate and innovative style to every project, large and small, and with her team of designers, delivers excellent service that is artistic, disciplined and timely. When you choose Helen Piteo Interiors, you choose a team, hand-selected by Helen, for their work ethic and design skills.

Founded in 1995, Helen Piteo Interiors design services range from residential, where work varies from multi-million dollar homes to simply helping clients choose the perfect paint colors, to commercial, healthcare and product procurement. Helen’s work with Toll Brothers Inc., among other builders and developers, for model home and community merchandising has received national awards and merits in the industry. Helen works equally well with architects and construction teams to achieve the best possible results for her clients.

Her work has been featured in Houzz, and together, the HPI team has achieved Best of Houzz for 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. “We are different because we don’t have the ego typical in this industry. We are great listeners and are open to the creative inspirations of other people. At HPI, you get the whole package… a team effort, design, procurement of furnishings, installation, and finishing, all done to our client’s 100% satisfaction.”

Our Interior Design Team

Our team of cutting-edge, ethical, and experienced professionals are handpicked by Helen Piteo. In addition to their own unique expertise in the field of interior design, each team member encompasses Helen’s core values of passion, dedication, and gold standard customer service.

Renee Fiorello

Renee Fiorillo

Senior Interior Designer

Prior to joining HPI in 2005, Renee Fiorillo received her BFA from the New York School of Interior Design. Renee lived in NYC for many years during which time she worked for accomplished interior designers and architects. Here she developed her space planning skills with a practical vision along with her attention for detail. With more than 20 years’ experience, Renee sees the full potential of each space while transforming clients’ lifestyles and/or commercial spaces into a beautiful haven.

Design, for Renee, is a persistent fascination inspired in early childhood where she learned to sew with her grandmother as well as weld with her father. This recurrent affair with design has provided Renee with an intuitive, deep and unique understanding of the mechanics of design and construction necessary for true quality.

Renee is a local to the Hudson Valley where she was born and raised. She is a wife and mother happily fulfilling her lifelong dream along with her HPI Family.

Kristen Smith

Senior Interior Designer

Kristen Smith has been designing with Helen Piteo Interiors since 2008. Kristen’s creative nature and keen attention to detail led her along her journey to earning her BFA in Interior Design from Sage College of Albany. Kristen has always had an interest in spatial planning and brilliant interiors.

These passions and talents have developed Kristen into the accomplished designer she is today. Kristen prides herself on coordinating each phase of a project from conceptualization through completion with the utmost care. A native of the beautiful Hudson Valley, Kristen enjoys kayaking, hiking and traveling with her husband.

Bridget Hartig

Design Assistant

Bridget holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design as well as an undergraduate certificate in Event Management from Northern Arizona University. Joining the HPI family in November of 2021, she has since been working closely with our entire team of designers. Bridget is often inspired by biophilic and sustainable design. In addition, she believes that design is about creating functional and aesthetically pleasing spaces while finding inventive solutions to practical challenges.

Bridget continues to learn and further develop her skills in the interior design industry with the HPI team. Originally from Tucson, Arizona, she spent the last 15 years competing as a synchronized swimmer and now enjoys spending her free time reading books and exploring the Northeast region.

Kristen Zambito

Kristin M. Zambito

Senior Interior Designer

Kristin earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Marist College in 2000. She has gained a wide variety of experience while working closely with Helen Piteo in the interior design industry since 2007. She is involved in all aspects of the process from design development, space planning, product selections to installations.

Kristin’s love of art, color, patterns, textures and materials are passionately expressed in all of her design projects. She is dedicated to creating the perfect flow and seamless design for each individual client by honing in and accentuating their personal style. As a mother of three, Kristin has developed a keen understanding of family friendly design and a love for children’s spaces.

“At the end of the day, you know you love your job when you work in your sleep!” KZ.

Danielle Thone

Danielle Giancaspro

Interior Designer

Danielle joined the HPI team in June 2015 after graduating with an AAS degree in Interior Design from Alfred State College. She has quickly gained the knowledge needed to create a space that is not only inviting but also functional.

Danielle has been a team member for a number of major residential and commercial projects in her time with HPI. Her effort and dedication to the projects contributes to HPI’s team success. Motivation and enthusiasm to the Interior Design profession drives Danielle to continue learning of the industry while designing with the HPI team.

In her spare time, Danielle enjoys the outdoors and is a swim coach for a local Hudson Valley swim club.

Giana Lopez

Design Assistant

Giana joined the HPI team in July 2023. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Kean University in May of 2022.

With the guidance of the senior designers, Giana aids in creating environments that are visually beautiful as well as functional. She enjoys collaborating with the team to ensure every client will love the space that they live or work in.

Originally from New Jersey, Giana moved to the Hudson Valley to further her career as a designer. In her spare time, she can be found hiking and spending time with her dogs.

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