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Episode 198: Alyssa Urban & Lee Cavanaugh

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Alyssa Urban, Design Partner, is a New York City native and earned her BA in Interior Design at the University of Wisconsin. After living in Florence, Italy where she developed her antiquing skills, she began her career in television as a set designer for The Conan O’Brien and Dana Carvey shows, and eventually moved her talents to the interior design industry. After working for several noteworthy firms doing both hospitality and residential design, Alyssa came to Cullman and Kravis in 2000. She has completed significant residences such as a Georgian residence in Houston, a New Jersey estate in Horse Country, a Fifth Avenue Pied-a-terre, and a waterfront home in Sagaponack. Alyssa is known for layering her interiors with both traditional and modern elements and loves shopping the Art and Antique shows, seeking out up and coming artists, popping contemporary art within a traditional setting. She resides with her husband and young daughter in the city.

Lee Cavanaugh, Design Partner, grew up largely in Vermont and has been devoted to all aspects of the art world since an early age. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Art and Design at the University of Vermont, she furthered her creative talents at Parsons New School for Design in NYC where she studied Art and Architecture. Lee came to Cullman and Kravis in 1996 and has since headed a range of noteworthy projects including an estate in Connecticut, a duplex in New York City, and a Hampton vacation home—to name a few. She oversees the C&K fabric collection at Holland & Sherry and is a mastermind in flea market shopping, frequently traveling between New York, Connecticut, and Paris to find the most unique pieces for her clients. Lee is an active parent at her daughter’s school, enjoys designing textiles and furniture, and houses an impressive art collection in her New York City residence.

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