I always knew that my passion was interior design. After getting my BFA in Interior Design from New York Institute of Technology, I went onto grad school and participated in a small program at NYU in Decorative Arts Collecting which helped my understanding of the period designs and why styles mix well together.
My personal style is an eclectic mix of classical European architecture and 20th Century modern furnishings and art. Much of it is found in Parisian interiors and I am a huge fan of a few contemporary French designers - Francois Catroux, Joseph Dirand and Pierre Yovanovich. I love to add a bit of glam by using a mix of metals or introducing crystal and glossy finishes - when you juxtapose a polished surface with organic elements, the result is timeless and sophisticated.
In my own home I used a neutral palette. After a long day of looking at furniture and accessories for projects, I need to unwind in a serene environment. It's also a great backdrop for art and accessories and those are easier to change up than a whole room full of furniture. I love to display my huge collection of art and design books which I've acquired over the past 15 years. They're next to my bed (under my night table), in the dining room (on a server), in the living room (on an étagère but also on the coffee table), and of course in my study. I draw constant inspiration from them.
I always encourage my clients to splurge on at least one thing in each room. A vintage piece or original art because I believe that it helps take the finished room to another level. I did this in my own home and it's really worked well for me. I splurged on a mid-century coffee table for my living room and while I had to live with only the sofa and the table because I couldn't afford to buy anything else for a little while, it was worth it.