Profiles in Design: Bruce Norman Long
Bruce Norman Long Interior Design
32 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ / 831 W. Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA
610 924-7910 / 609 921-1401
What is the history of Bruce Norman Long Interior Design?
BNL opened his office in Princeton approximately 24 years ago after he moved to New Hope from Manhattan, where he worked for Mark Hampton. He quickly acquired a handful of prestigious clients in the Princeton area and his business and reputation grew rapidly. Bruce has always been a fan of designer show houses and has participated in the Kips Bay Show House in NYC, the Princeton Junior League, Bucks County, and the Vassar Show House in the Main Line. Projects outside of the region have included Sun Valley, Santa Fe, Boston, Palm Beach, London, and Verbier. BNL has been featured in several books and national publications. He has recently opened an office and showroom in Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Describe your design aesthetic in three words:
Appropriate, individual, beautiful.
What is your favorite room in a home?
The Living Room, assuming clients actually live in the room and use it! I find this room is where clients are able to express themselves the most clearly.
Complete this sentence. Every room needs…
Something that makes you happy, be it a wall color, artwork, pillow, or a comfortable chair.
What inspires your designs?
Appropriateness, history, architecture, color, fashion, art, antiques, trends.
What has been your career highlight thus far?
There have been several. Certainly working for Mark Hampton was an enormous influence. Clients that I have worked with for decades and on multiple projects over the years is truly the ultimate compliment. Lastly, I recently completed a very large house in the Princeton area that I designed completely, from the ground up, inside and out. It was a creative joy.
Describe a few of your current projects.
- Starting a new construction project in Doylestown, a classically inspired Federal style house on a beautiful site.
- Finishing a renovation and move for a long time client in Princeton to a more casual setting on a golf course.
- Mid way through a lengthy renovation and redecoration or a two floor apartment in Knightsbridge, London.
- Starting renovation and decorating in a 1920’s stone manor house in Villanova.
- Decorating rooms for several clients in Princeton.