MyHomeIdeas (MHI): How did you get into design?
Amanda Nesbit (AN): I started my business 10 years ago by doing some projects for close friends while I was still acting in local theater productions. As I began designing more and more, I was acting far less, and the business took off from there!
MHI: Who or what inspires you?
AN: Billy Baldwin and David Hicks for their inspirational use of color and timeless clean lines.
MHI: How do you deal with combined living and dining spaces?
AN: You must edit every piece in a multifunctional room so that everything serves a specific purpose and, in some cases, more than one.
MHI: When starting a room from scratch, what's the first thing you choose?
AN: Fabric―definitely―every time.
MHI: What finishes do you like to use in a kitchen?
AN: Caesar Stone on the counters (for its great colors, different thicknesses and resistance to staining), high-gloss paint on cabinets, and wood for the floors. Wood is timeless and more forgiving than stone.
MHI: What current trend do you think we'll be so tired of in five years?
AN: Vessel sinks in the bathroom. They’re overexposed and not even practical.
MHI: What cultural influences do you think are reflected in your work?
AN: Auntie Mame
MHI: How do you deal with televisions?
AN: TVs are what they are. There’s no denying that we all have them and use them all the time, so there’s no need to go to a lot of trouble to hide them. Everyone knows what you’ve got in the enormous cabinet!
At the same time, avoid placing it over the mantel. Work it into the living space but don’t make it the central focus.
MHI: What is the most common mistake homeowners make?
AN: Playing it safe and worrying too much about retaining resale value.
MHI: If you could splurge on only one item in a room, what would it be? Where can you save?
AN: Splurge on upholstery and save on trendy accessories.
Amanda Nesbit Design
1326 Madison Avenue, Suite 64
New York, NY 10128
phone: (212) 860-9133
fax: (212) 860-9104