MEET THE DESIGNER
A GREENWICH-BASED DESIGNER WHOSE INTERIORS ARE AS COMFORTABLE AS THEY ARE STYLISH
What's your design philosophy? Listen to the client, find out what they want and then give them the best of whatever that is. How would you describe your style? How has it evolved over the years? My initial interest was in midcentury and contemporary design, but working with Tony Ingrao, I was exposed to the world of fine and important antiques that has fascinated me for the past 10 years. I now find that I am attracted to good design from any period. For my own home, I have focused on finding interesting pieces I enjoy and seeing how the different moods of each piece play with each other. What's exciting to you right now in the world of interior design? The availability to work with many different products from around the world: iron work from Morocco, embroidery from India and even hand-made tiles from artisans in California. What needs to go away? Fear about following design "rules." What's the predominant design direction that you see today, based on your own projects? People want to feel comfortable in their homes and want to be able to enjoy their living spaces. That means having fun with their decoration and using a mix of old and new to create a space that is unique to them. Where did you study and receive training? I studied art history in college, and began working for Ingrao in 1997, which is where I really learned about interior design. He has a great sense of space and decoration, and the clients were so varied that I got to learn about a lot of different styles and how important it is to listen. For the last 10 years, I have expanded upon these experiences and influences. What's the most comfortable living space you've ever been in? The rooms at Twin Farms, a resort in Vermont, designed by Jed Johnson. While each room is based on a different theme, they all have a great sense of warmth and understated luxury. Favorite color? One of the great things about being a designer is that I don't have to have a favorite color. I get to spend the day working with other people's favorite colors and having fun with them. Describe your clients? My clients are extremely varied; their tastes range from 18th-century French, English and American antiques to a couple who love Art Deco and contemporary furniture, and most are somewhere in between.