THE ULTIMATE DECOR STYLIST, NINA FREUDENBERGER OF HAUS INTERIOR IS OUR CURATOR ON OBJECTS FOR THE HOME. HER BOUTIQUE FIRM USES A MIX OF MODERN LINES AND WARM MATERIALS TO CREATE THE MOST COMFORTABLE, YET REFINED AND SEEMINGLY NATURAL SPACES. IN A WORD, YUM.
Nina was working within the interior design community for six years before founding Haus Interiors. Now, with a private label Haus Candles and an office in New York and West Hollywood, the firm is well on it’s way. We spoke to the gorgeous blonde about how she approaches each new project, what she’d choose for our space, and what design trends we should start following ASAP.
WHEN YOU APPROACH AN OPEN SPACE, WHAT ARE THE THINGS YOU LOOK FOR, STRUCTURALLY OR AESTHETICALLY?
Open spaces might initially look like a blank slate, but the architecture will give lots of clues and direction. For example, window locations and light – you might want to place your dining room near west facing windows so that you can see the sunset and have light as long as you can for cocktail hour before your dinner party. Look up! Ceiling beams and soffits might also be clues to where you might want to start and end a room type – use them as imaginary delineations between spaces.
WHAT ARE SOME KEY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN DECORATING A LARGE SPACE AND A SMALLER SPACE? OR AN OPEN SPACE AND A PARTITIONED ONE?
Large spaces, with less wall space, requires the need to get creative and really float some furniture away from walls in order to create “rooms.” It is also requires some big decisions – wall paint will most likely need to be throughout as opposed to changing color room to room. Pick a more neutral palette for the walls and use fabrics on furniture with more freedom.
WHAT TYPE OF OBJECTS DO YOU FEEL ARE THE MOST VITAL ONES TO DEFINE A BIG LOFT?
I think lighting and floor coverings are critical in large, open spaces. Seeing unending surfaces – such as a ceiling or floor, doesn’t feel very comforting. Rugs and pendants/chandeliers start to make the scale relatable and cozy.
IN 8 WORDS OR LESS, DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL SPACE.
Organized, natural materials, filled with light, filled with views, covered in beautiful fabrics.
NAME TWO OR THREE MAKERS, ARTISTS YOU WOULD RECOMMEND FOR THE HATCH LOFT AND AESTHETIC, AND PLEASE TELL US WHY.
It’s super hard to narrow down to a few, but BDDW – for their use of natural materials with the most beautiful craftsmanship. A light by Lindsay Adelman – they are works of art and just so beautiful to look at.
IS FENG SHUI REAL? DOES IT GUIDE ANYTHING YOU DO? DO YOU HAVE OTHER MANTRAS OR PHILOSOPHIES THAT GUIDE YOUR WORK?
I personally don’t follow Feng Shui carefully but I do think there are some points to be taken from the philosophy, particularly that of balance. I personally don’t have any particular mantras that work for every project, I really let each space direct me naturally and independently.
Lake Mid Credenza by BDDW
BIGGEST MYTH ASSOCIATED WITH DECORATING THE HOME OR PERSONAL SPACE?
I think one of the biggest myths is that interior designers know special “rules” for decorating a home. We don’t – we have something else – experience! Between that and trusting our design intuition, we can make exciting things happen.
WHAT TRENDS SHOULD WE BE KEEPING UP WITH IN THE INTERIORS WORLD?
I think layering patterns and an emphasis on the handmade and one-of-a-kind are very modern right now.
WHERE DO YOU TURN FOR INSPIRATION?
So many things! The incredibly inspiring & creative people I try to surround myself with and feel lucky enough to call my friends. And of course travel!
Images of interiors provided by Haus Interior