Lisa Ellis Professional Summary: Commercial 


Lisa Ellis is the Principal and Owner of Hawthorne House, Lisa Ellis Design, and SCOPE Lighting Group, operating since 2003.

Lisa Ellis Design is a full service residential and commercial interior design firm specializing in architectural, interior, and lighting design.  Based in Athens, Georgia, the firm’s projects span from Georgia to New Hampshire.  Lisa Ellis Design offers support in all project stages, including project management, installation oversight, and coordination with vendors and contractors.  

Lisa Ellis Design has worked on numerous commercial projects, from restaurants, to banks, to commercial offices.  A number of these projects present design characteristics that are unique, such as historic architectural elements or custom outside-of-the-box designs. Lisa Ellis Design brings to the table experience from past projects of salvaging special materials, custom fabrications, and special applications.

For numerous commercial projects, Lisa Ellis Design acted as project manager and provided oversight with the contractor for all subcontractors. Many of the budgets within LED responsibility exceeded $500,000.  Her group carries substantial insurance and other criteria to execute and be responsible for large-scale projects.

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Curate´, Asheville Nc

Curate´ Bar de Tapas is a Spanish restaurant and bar in Asheville, North Carolina, owned and operated by Heirloom Hospitality Group.  Lisa Ellis Design provided conceptual interior design and lighting specification for Curate´’s expansion into a neighboring vacant space.  Lisa Ellis Design seamlessly blended the existing Curate Restaurant’s aesthetic with an updated design for the expansion, while respecting the historic elements of the building’s architecture and design.

Heirloom Hospitality Group has also consulted Lisa Ellis Design for its sister restaurant, Nightbell, also in Downtown Asheville.  Lisa Ellis Design is currently working on a soon-to-be-announced new venture with Heirloom Hospitality Group, which is slated to begin construction in the fall of 2018.

Interior design: Lisa Ellis Design.  Lighting: SCOPE Lighting Group.  Furnishings: Hawthorne House, Inc.  Architect: Diana Bellgowan.  Contractor: Elm Construction.



Empire State South, Atlanta ga

Completed in 2010, Empire State South is a restaurant in Midtown, Atlanta, Georgia, owned by Chef Hugh Acheson.  Lisa Ellis Design was tasked by Acheson and developer Jamestown Properties to transform a former conference center into a warm, atmospheric, and thriving culinary space to house the restaurant.  Specific areas of note are the front of house, including the bar, coffee shop, and dining rooms.  Materials used in the project include salvaged heart pine & board and batten, pecky cypress, and Georgia granite.  Her team purchased a 19th century building that was set for demolition, and salvaged heart pine to use for the restaurant’s floors and walls.  Custom lighting can be found throughout the space. 

Interior design: Lisa Ellis Design.  Lighting: SCOPE Lighting Group.  Furnishings: Hawthorne House, Inc.  Architect: Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio.  Contractor: Structor Group.




The Florence, Savannah ga

The Florence in Savannah was a restaurant by the Hugh Acheson/Jamestown Properties partnership. A historic warehouse conversion, Lisa Ellis Design provided the interior design for the restaurant’s front of house areas, which included the dining room and show kitchen, featuring a wood fire pizza oven.  To add character and a nod to the history of the property, Lisa Ellis Design sourced many reclaimed materials from historic buildings, such as giant marble slabs harvested from the exterior of a bank, which were used to cover two bars in the expo kitchen, as well as a backsplash.

Interior design: Lisa Ellis Design.  Lighting: SCOPE Lighting Group.  Furnishings: Hawthorne House, Inc.  Architect: Gunn Meyerhoff Shay.  Contractor: Choate Construction.


the florence coffee shop, Savannah ga

The Florence Coffee Shop was a joint partnership between Chef Hugh Acheson, Jamestown Properties, and Counter Culture Coffee.  Lisa Ellis Design sourced harvested giant marble slabs from the exterior of a bank to cover the walls, countertops, fronts of counters, and shelves for the coffee shop. Special consideration was given to the built-in, custom refrigerated display unit within the transaction counter.

Interior design: Lisa Ellis Design.  Lighting: SCOPE Lighting Group.  Furnishings: Hawthorne House, Inc.  Architect: Gunn Meyerhoff Shay.  Contractor: Choate Construction.



Highland Brewing Company, asheville nc


Lisa Ellis Design recently assisted in the redesign of the Tasting Room at Highland Brewing Company in Asheville, North Carolina. The project scope included architectural and decorative lighting design and specification, furniture and space planning, and furnishings specification.  Utilizing the client’s existing furnishings, Lisa Ellis Design expounded upon the existing space plan to allow for more seating.


See an update from Lisa Ellis Design's sister company Scope Lighting Group:


APRIL 2018     SCOPE Lighting Group recently completed the lighting installation of Atlanta stone showroom MSI.  The client was Choate Construction, and architectural and interior design was by BoggsVickers Architects.  SCOPE Lighting Group addressed both architectural and decorative lighting needs for this project. Click the image below and it will take you to the LOOKBOOK LINK.


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