What people are saying
Caroline’s Firm, OUTinDesign is currently working on our beach house in Holgate on Long Beach Island in New Jersey. She designed our four bathrooms and kitchen coming up with ocean themes and using beautiful, translucent tile and detailing reminiscent of the sea. Our kitchen has a sea foam crackle glass counter and the cabinets has sea glass knobs! The common areas have custom cabinets to hide the TV’s made from reclaimed materials gathered from barns in Pennsylvania. All the flooring is 100-year old barn wood, hand-scraped oak. Her attention to detail and originality is impressive. The result is stunning and sophisticated. Caroline has a great eye, great taste and great vision. Our home is decorated beautifully and will be truly be enjoyed by our family.
Brian & TIna Trainor
Beach and Bay House, 2014
I entered into a partnership with designer Caroline Lechaux to renovate and design-build a house located in the historic district of Beach Haven. Her talent and business acumen impressed me while the project was going on, but I never imagined the house would turn out as impressively as it did. Her attention to detail in all aspects of the quality build, the original finishes, the unique appointments puts her in a category all her own. The property now called, “The Ultimate Beach House” is truly that.
Ultimate Beach House, 2012
I recently worked with Caroline of Out-In Design on a complete renovation in historic Beach Haven, New Jersey. My husband purchased a historic Dutch Colonial home that needed a complete overhaul. There were many obstacles to overcome to bring this project to fruition, and Caroline handled every hurdle with professionalism and aplomb. The home had many charming historical details and her aim was to keep some of the old world charm simultaneously bringing the home up to date. Caroline’s succeeded in this endeavor and even surpassed our expectations. Her architectural and design creativity is evident in every detail throughout the home. Her attention to detail was flawless and her ideas were creative and innovative. From conception to completion my husband and I were extremely pleased working with Caroline and would highly recommend her for anyone doing a simple renovation to a complete overhaul.
Coastal Beach Cottage, 2011
OUTinDesign’s creative designer, Caroline Lechaux, re-designed and remodeled the Atlantic Cape cottage on Berkeley Avenue in Beach Haven that my wife and I bought. It proved a perfect home for my extended family since she was able to vastly maximize space to fit grandkids, parents and grandparents all under one roof! She literally transformed the dark and dated cottage into a light-filled space with wood planking covering the walls and floors; even the furniture – most of it, her creations – were wood fabrications. It felt like a cross between a country cottage in Sweden, all white and clean, and the perfect Cape Cod beach escape. Everyone who came through was captivated by its charm.
William & Eileen Casey
Atlantic Beach Cottage, 2010
Caroline’s work displays a natural eye for design and good spatial sense. Her taste is excellent, heavily influenced by living abroad, with both French and British elements of design throughout it. She has a range of talents that allows her to navigate a project from its conceptual phase, through building, designing, outfitting it, and choosing the colors and details that will define the space. Her former career in business gives her the advantage of being able to drive teams of professionals to execute her plans successfully, realizing the most exacting details of her designs. She’s also quite handy with and can do the work herself which gives her an advantage with artisans and workers alike! I’ve always liked that I’ve felt like I was never disconnected from the outside when I was indoors at one of her properties. She always manages to draw in light and uses outdoor themes and materials in her designs.
Interior Architect London, UK, 2008
When Caroline showed me her portfolio, I was impressed by the range and quality of her work. From the sophistication of the Paris apartment that she bought and renovated in just five weeks to the Virginia farmhouse that was crumbling, she explained that she was passionate about the work and moved quickly on projects. She said she never shied away from the challenges and problems that invariably got in the way – permits included. She contracts her own jobsites, creates rooms out of compromised spaces badly damaged by neglect and time and landscapes the exterior space as an extension of the house. It would seem that she is able to select a design response consistent with project demands and adapts plans accordingly when surprises arise during her old home renovations. Caroline parlays her French heritage into her designs. Her projects are original and many are decidedly Parisian or French Provincial. Her jobs demonstrate a good understanding of the marriage of space and light. She strives to draw the outdoors into her spaces. The quality of her work is commendable. Caroline shepherds projects from the planning phase, through construction, finally completing the interior decorating and landscaping efficiently and with an acute attention to detail.
Architect, AIA Washington, DC 2008
Caroline has a talent for drawing the best out of a space. I’ve seen many of her projects. She is skilled in maximizing space, giving the impression that a small space is larger than it is, and uses color and design to enhance and embellish rooms. My first exposure to her work was an apartment on the Right Bank of Paris. She took a classic Haussmanien apartment and doused it in colors, painted finishes and trompe l’oeil that drew in light and a sense of the outdoors while respecting the historic nature of the space. When she took on a Mas in Provence, she drew on the same principles but concentrated on sourcing old materials and methods to make the old vineyard as close as possible to how it was when it was built minus the discomfort of the hardships of a winemaker’s life! Last summer, she bought a 17th century apartment and renovated it, breaking walls to create open spaces bathed in light. Taupes and beiges combine with white-pickled floors and lime-plastered walls to render a soothing and sophisticated feeling that is both livable and urban. When I bought my apartment, I immediately enlisted her help as I knew that her experience and innate sense of design and style would help me to realize my vision of a space where my family would live both comfortably and proudly.
Journalist Paris, France, 2006