About Us

Throw Pillows - Bernards Decorating in Bernardsville, NJ
We are an interior design shop located in downtown Bernardsville serving the community for over 40 years. We offer both full service interior design and a la carte style shopping. We have a comprehensive fabric and wallpaper library and can help with everything from a small powder room that needs wallpaper or a single chair in need of upholstery to complete restyling of entire rooms and whole houses.Our services include custom reupholstery, window treatments, slipcovers, cushions, throw pillows, bedding and headboards, and new custom furniture. We have an extensive fabric library and are ready to assist in the selection of the perfect fabric for most any interior space. Additionally, we have a wide selection of wallcoverings along with the expertise to help with your selection.
When Bernard’s Decorating was Founded in 1969 by Iris Flood Paulik, she envisioned a place where local people could browse and feel comfortable working on their interior projects. In return we have gained the business and loyalty of many in the area that have allowed us to proudly serve the area for so many years. Please feel free to make an appointment for a complimentary consultation with no obligation to explore what we can do to help you create a warm, wonderful interior.
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Who We Are
Arlene Reily - Bernards Decorating in Bernardsville, NJ
Arlene Reilly has been with Bernards Decorating since 1989. She is the owner as well as Interior Designer. She continues the tradition of offering quality design and custom products that have been the mainstay of Bernards Decorating for decades. Arlene is an Allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers as well as holding a Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers University. Some of her work has been featured in various publications that are highlighted in the press section of this website. She resides in Long Valley with her husband, three children, and her Black Labrador Retriever. She brings a lifelong love of color and textiles in addition to years of experience to help enhance any space. Please don’t hesitate to ask for references from one or more of her many satisfied customers.
Lisa Coffin is our Customer Service Representative and Office Manager. She has considerable knowledge of our extensive selection of fabrics and wallcoverings, and is extremely helpful in assisting clients. She is always ready to help with selections, orders, memo samples, and scheduling. She lives in the area with her husband and English Mastiff and has five adult children. In her leisure time, Lisa enjoys travelling abroad and riding her Triumph motorcycle along rural roads in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Lisa Coffin - Bernards Decorating in Bernardsville, NJ

Bernards Decorating was conceived and founded by my mother-in-law, Iris Paulik, in 1969. She originally learned to sew draperies and slipcovers from her mother. She continued working at this end of the business and worked in high end accommodations including the Waldorf Astoria and Plaza Hotel. At this point she realized she had a flair for design and selection of fabrics, not just construction of the finished product. When she moved to New Jersey from College Point, Queens, she envisioned a store where customers could purchase quality decorator fabrics and she could evaluate their decorating needs and making the appropriate selections. During this time she did much of the sewing herself.

As business grew Iris took on employees to help with the increased workload and gradually shifted to the help of quality workrooms as space in Bernardsville came at such a premium. She also moved several times throughout the years as leases and space opportunities came and went. Bernards Decorating has occupied space on Olcott Square, Claremont Road, The Bernards Inn, and finally here on Quimby Lane.

When I joined in 1969, the main feature of Bernards Decorating that impressed me was that Iris had created an atmosphere where people could feel comfortable working on their home interiors and shopping for fabrics and wallcoverings. It was truly a home away from home for her. Iris retired in 2004 and sadly passed away in 2012. Despite minor change that keep Bernards Decorating current and thriving business, we have strived to offer the same level for hospitality and comfortable shopping experience as when the Iris opened our doors in September of 1969. Being able to share in her dreams all these years has been an unparalleled experience for me.
Olcott Sq circa 1969 - Bernards Decorating in Bernardsville, NJ
Olcott Sq circa 1969
28 Quimby Ln circa 1985 - Bernards Decorating in Bernardsville, NJ
28 Quimby Ln circa 1985
26 Quimby Ln circa 1985 - Bernards Decorating in Bernardsville, NJ
26 Quimby Ln circa 1980


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