Being an interior designer in New York City has a special meaning for me.
Living in New York City has been my lifelong dream. This is the place where I belong, the right place for me. I never experienced this feeling somewhere else.
So being able to live here and do what I love on a daily basis, meeting amazing people and beautiful homes is a dream came true.
NYC has one of the largest proportion of renters among its inhabitants in the world! With a lot of people coming out of state, a lot of young and single workers, and a crazy expensive buying market, it’s really not a surprise.
But that can be a challenge when it comes to decorating your place. Spending a lot of $$$ on your apartment while it’s not really yours can sometimes appear counter intuitive.
And what about the security deposit? Getting it back at the end of your lease is essential and often prevents renters from doing anything in their apartment.
The good news is that I’m used to working with renters and have a lot of great ways to make your apartment feel like a home while still getting your deposit back AND without breaking the bank.
How does that sound?
With an average rent of 3260$ in 2022, NYC is the most expensive city in the US!
That’s one of NYC real estate market specificity: even if you are renting and not owning your place, you are spending a huge amount of your hard earned money on your apartment.
Was there ever a better reason to take some time to properly decorate it?
Spending so much money on a place you don’t really like would definitely be a shame!
I always advise my clients to take some time and money to create a home, a space where they will love to relax at the end of the day, where they will be proud to welcome some friends or family over a glass of wine.
Decorating in NYC is always fascinating as New Yorkers face special challenges when it comes to style their home, challenges I have faced myself!
By living in NYC, I’m used to these daily challenges: renting my apartment, wanting my security deposit back, dealing with a small surface, coming from another country…
Knowing what it’s like to live here and still want to enjoy your place at the end of the day, facing the issues as YOU are is what makes me the best interior designer in NYC for you!
Maybe my favorite data about New Yorkers. More than a half of us was born out of NY state.
That’s what make this city so rich, bubbly and dynamic, and why so many people love it!
But what is the link with interior design? The importance of your HOME.
Having myself moved around 30 times in my life, on 3 different continents, I know what it’s like to live far from your family, far from where you were born. I know that it can sometimes be scary to live in such a big city, sometimes speaking another language, and seeing another culture.
I know the challenge it can be some days.
And yet here we are, enjoying the greatest city in the world!
But to do so, you absolutely need a safe space. A place where you can feel at home, where you can relax from the craziness of the city.
Your home is your shelter. That’s how crucial it is to style it.
Not to be fancy or to look like a magazine, but to help you create this safe space, this place where you feel at home, even far from it.
With an average of 730 sq ft, and a large majority of 1 and 2-bedroom apartments, New Yorkers are used to deal with smaller spaces.
And decorating your home is very different when you have 700 sq ft than when you have 1500 sq ft. You have to keep some rules in mind to maximize the available space, make your apartment bigger than it really is, and be very intentional about whatever enters your space.
Designing a smaller space is always more complicated as every element is essential, and the most minor mistakes will immediately jump out.
That’s why I often advise to hire an interior designer when you have a small space, as you will need professional space to guarantee your selection is curated and the overall design maximizes your space and transforms it in a high-end looking apartment.
Robert De Niro
Designing homes in NYC is THE DREAM.
Imagine working on beautiful industrial lofts, charming pre-war places with picture moldings but also modern and stylish condos?
No other city can offer so much diversity!
And let’s talk about all the amazing neighborhoods I’m lucky to work in!
Whether it’s in Manhattan (West Village, Soho, Upper West Side, East Village, Nolita, Tribeca, Upper East Side, Noho, Chelsea, Nomad, Greenwhich Village, Meatpacking, Hell’s Kitchen, Riverside…) or Brooklyn (Williamsburg, Greenpoint, DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Bushwick, Carroll's Garden, Boerum Hill, Park Slope, Prospect Heights,Fort Greene...), I love discovering new places and new areas with my projects.
"Anaïs has been so amazing to work with!
She's designed three of the rooms in our house and they've all turned out fantastic.
She makes the entire design process SO easy.
If you're on the fence, pull the trigger.
I'm often amazed at the super accurate renderings that she's able to create based on the little information that I sometimes give her.
She has a talent for capturing exactly the look that you're going for, and is so kind and accommodating, making sure to achieve your vision and within budget.
She truly overdelivers every time. It has been such a pleasure working with her over the last year, and we will definitely be going to her again if our house ever needs a refresh."