This past Fall, we were kindly invited to participate in a HomePolish interior design makeover. If you’re not yet familiar with HomePolish, you sir, are missing out. The company’s mission is to make interior design accessible for “the rest of us.” How? By ditching hidden fees and designer markups, recruiting the best young designers from top design firms, and scheduling consultations based on your schedule (in-home or even virtually).
Below are photographs of the finished space in NYC’s Downtown Financial District, designed by the talented Amanda Gorski – followed by a Q&A with the designer.
I. What was your inspiration for the Downtown Fidi project?
My client was the inspiration… a hard working, fast paced Mom, who really needed a space that reflected her youthful, yet modern lifestyle. It was important that the home have a cozy yet uncluttered feel.
II. What are some of your favorite elements in the completed spaces?
I love the stripe accents in her daughter’s room. They cover one wall and the ceiling, whereas the opposite wall is covered with chalkboard paint. Her daughter is between the little girl and pre-teen, so it was important that her room be somewhat transitional.
I also love the dining area. We found amazing vintage schoolhouse chairs, with gorgeous metal seats and copper painted legs. Real showstoppers when paired with the glass-top dining table. A great visual!
Another favorite element is the wallpaper in the entryway! I’ve wanted to use it in a client's space some time, and was so happy when this client was on board! It really is that wow factor that hits you the moment you walk in!
III. How important is the incorporation of plants in your design?
I try to persuade all of my clients to have some sort of greenery in their homes. Living in New York City, we don't get as much nature in our lives as we should. I believe that adding plants to a space brings both natural O2 and a nice pop of color! It's hard finding the right plant for each space, so it's great to have a site like The Sill to turn to.
My favorite plant to incorporate into my clients' spaces is the fiddle leaf fig plant; I love the big waxy leaves and how, given the right space, it can spread its branches.
IV. What are your favorite NYC-based or online design stores?
BDDW on Howard Street – their pieces are gorgeous, as is the showroom! I would live there if I could. They happen to have a huge fiddle leaf fig in the showroom, and it's amazing. Aero on Broome Street, Thomas O'Brien’s home furniture and accessories store, is really great for finding styling items as well as exceptional vintage pieces. And White on White in Tribeca. Great for mid-century style furniture. I'm also a fan of Etsy for finding vintage lighting. The only downside is you often times have to get crafty with them! Most need re-wiring and lampshades, so it becomes a little project.
V. Can you share one trick of the trade?
Haven't you heard? A good magician never reveals her secrets! Just kidding… here are a few:
1. Loads of books. Get creative with the way you style them. Add little artifacts you've collected throughout your life to break up the rows. It provides a stylish way to display little trinkets that would otherwise look cluttered.
2. DIY. The desk and shelves in the little girl's room was a DIY project!
3. Flowers & Plants. Any chance to be able to bring a little bit of nature inside is always a great way to liven up a space and take it to the next level.
1201 Broadway, Suite 505
New York, NY 10001
Photography by Chellise Michael
New York, NY