A NYC Interior Designer Explains How to Work With a Design Professional

When it comes to interior design, we could use a little help. An Elvis paint-by-numbers print and a Ping-Pong table are the two best pieces we currently have in our office, along with a massive beanbag chair and four identical couches that might be futons, but nobody is really sure. With that, we feel like we’ve summed up a good percentage of American living spaces: comfortable yet confused.

The reality is that most people know what they like, whether it’s by look or by feel, but don’t know how to bring everything together in a cohesive look. Noa Santos, co-founder of NYC design firm Home Polish, wants to make sure that if you need professional interior design help, you are able to use it wisely.

“By hiring a designer,” Noa says, “people try to put a brand stamp on their space without knowing who they are as a person.” They may be attracted to a name like David Bromstad or Emily Henderson, but unless they like ultra-modern and colorful spaces with custom wall art or spaces that make use of up-cycled antiques with a bright accent color, their space won’t truly represent them.

Written By Emmalie Vance

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Furniture business owner discusses trends in design

“Museo, a store in Kansas City specializing in classic and contemporary furniture, lighting and accessories by leading international designers, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. In 1987, Steve Maturo founded Steve Maturo & Associates, a multi-line manufacturers representative group promoting products for corporate interiors, higher learning and health care, in Kansas City, Mo.

Museo (museousa.com) is his retail showroom, where he sells 25 lines including products from B&B Italia, Kartell and Cassina.

Maturo, just back from meeting with vendors and scouting new manufacturers at the Milan Furniture Fair in Italy, talked about his business and some of his discoveries abroad.”

Written By Alice Thorson

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