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September 2009


MEET THE DESIGNER

Rick Livingston
by Katy Jacobson

A NYC-BASED DESIGNER BRINGS STYLISTIC
DIVERSITY TO CONNECTICUT INTERIORS

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How did you decide to become an interior designer? It was a natural evolution for me; I have extensive background in high-end fashion and retailing, product development and customer service. This training, combined with my love for antiques, art and lifestyle, naturally brought me to where I am today, running my NYC-based design firm, PERIOD. How would you describe your aesthetic? "Stylistically diverse." I believe in creating balance within a room; to see and feel the total impact and be drawn into the details through the use of clean lines as a backdrop. Then I layer a room with textural interest. Describe your own home. My home is comprised of two renovated, side-by-side townhouses. A collection of personal objects, accumulated over the years, makes my home truly my own. I only add something to my home if I am truly moved by it; if I see something and I can't get it out of my mind I know I will eventually want to own it.

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What is the most important room in a house? One that enriches the soul—so it can be any room, including a garden. I work to tailor that room to my individual clients' tastes and preferences to enrich their experience. What is the hardest project you have ever worked on? Certainly my first project—a 12,000-square-foot home in Aspen. We were challenged to create a Tuscan/Provençal-style home from a new ground-up construction. I traveled the world collecting pieces for the project, adding one-of-a-kind period elements that were both domestic and international. Tell us about your latest project. I am developing what I would define as a very personalized home couture collection for a young couple on the Upper East Side. Starting with 5,000 square feet of raw space, we have created a one-of-a-kind, modernist, loft-like environment.
[Image] Predict some of the new, upcoming trends in home design. I see a shift that involves balancing history with modernist design. Using period pieces with historical relevance within a contemporary backdrop of architecture. What advice do you offer to homeowners on a budget? There are always certain items that you want to spend on and others that aren't as important. Focus on how to invest in items that will result in the strongest return for your investment.
[Image] Who inspires you the most? My clients. They all have unique visions and individual creative challenges. We approach each project with these specific visions and challenges in mind. That is what keeps us inspired. Name three artists on the soundtrack to your life. Al Green, Barry White and Mary J. Blige—they stimulate my soul and creativity.

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