A Fashionista and Social Worker Rolled into one...


Debra Del Toro-Phillips, Principal


My life has been full of change and reinvention, but three things have remained constant—my passion for 1) color and design, 2) organization and clarity and 3) understanding human psychology.


While each passion found expression in my different careers – from my merchandising days in the fashion industry, to starting a bi-lingual greeting card company, to clinical social work, no single enterprise has brought my passions together. Until now.

My early fashion career, working with fabrics, patterns and color for major brands, gave me the ultimate merchandiser’s eye. Today, I draw heavily on that experience to develop interior designs that are both creative and cost-effective. Working first with pieces that are available and then with items and accessories that will complement them, my goal is always to deliver beautiful design with practical functionality.

My years as founder/designer of a Spanish/English greeting card company honed my organizational/logistical instincts and enhanced my appreciation of clarity in communication and design. Organization and clarity are both critical to successful downsizing.

My time as a clinical social worker, specializing in elders and adult child caregivers, trained me in knowledge and awareness of issues regarding seniors and the importance of being a good listener. Those who are downsizing are often older in age and either in or approaching retirement. Loving the work I did with elders and understanding the challenges they face figures into my downsizing work today, as I help them navigate an often stressful transition.

The challenge of downsizing is also one I have faced myself. I know how daunting it can be. The struggle of translating twenty-five years of family life from a larger home to a smaller one is emotionally and physically draining. I’ve been through it multiple times—nine moves in the past eighteen years—while simultaneously organizing downsizing moves for many friends and family members! I thoroughly understand all facets of making a new space feel like home.

All of this has brought me to my career as an interior decorator and downsizing specialist at Room Renaissance.

Room Renaissance is based in New York City where I assist and advise clients in all phases of their downsizing journey with an emphasis on design, customized to my clients’ individual tastes. Every step of the way, I offer meticulous management and emotional support in navigating such a significant change.

For me, downsizing is a culmination of many careers. It is a catalyst for new discovery, expression and meeting the needs of others. I look forward to hearing from you and pouring my heart into the new place you call home.

I'm a practical "creative" with a keen sensitivity to my client's needs. 

I put myself in their shoes and create their vision - it's simple!   

Your vision. Your tastes. Your needs.

  My Values

Embrace Change

Organized, Detailed, Timely

Impeccable Communication

Client Focused

Honesty and Integrity

Assist Clients Navigate Life's Transitions

Flexibility and Open Mindedness

Less is more

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