A sure-fire sign that a designer and a client are sympatico? When the client asks for the exact same furniture and lighting that the designer has in her own home.
“She purchased her place and saw a photo of my Brooklyn home, and she said she immediately bought the chairs and light that I had—and then realized she needed my help and gave me a call,” explains designer Delia Kenza, of how she came to be hired.
“The client’s vibe inspired the project. She appreciates things made by hand, prefers a vintage organic vibe over stark, and has beautiful pieces she either inherited or purchased,” says Delia. “She has a real sense of what she likes and does not like.” On the like list: the grand proportions, large windows, and pre-war architectural details of her two-bedroom apartment. On the dislike list: the kitchen.
Now that Delia has applied her considerable design talents to the space, her client—”a real bad-ass (and I mean that in a good way) professional woman”—has a home that marries old with new, bold with refined, and Delia’s curatorial eye with the client’s personality.
Below, Delia takes us on a tour of the refreshed home, now as “bad-ass” as her client.