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The goal with the Nove store, which opened in December, was to keep it simple and make clothes stand out, he said.

"The idea with this space was to have it look like ti wasn't designed," Cahill said.

The look is understated and modern, with blond hardwood floors that blend with the wallpaper and the blond-washed exposed brick of one wall.

Some clients give Cahill carte blanche, while othrs want to be involved in every step of the process.

One of Cahill's strengths as a designer is he is flexible enough to listen to the architect and the client, Martelli said. "We could communicate," Martelli said.

Peter O'Connell, co-owner of Pasta Fresca, said he interviewed several designers for the project of adding a sit-down café to what has been a gourmet takeout establishment.

"He [Cahill] really picked up on what I was doing," O'Connell said. "He kept everything in proportion."

Cahill always tries to give the client what the client wants, but it can be painful occasionally when a client takes a design and alters it so it is neither one thing or another he said.

The staff of CS Design now includes an administrative assistant, another interior designer and a part-tme draftsman, and it has outgrown its current location on Broad Street and Bergen Place.

By April, CS Design will open a 1,200 square-foot office in the heart of downtown Red Bank, at Broad Street and Monmouth street.

Cahill is excited about the move because it is the first time he has been able to design his own company's interior space.