Chic Chat: Anelle Gandelman of A-List Interiors

ANELLE GANDELMAN kitchen and dining nook with lantern

ANELLE GANDELMAN – A-LIST INTERIORS

From Parsons to DwellStudio, Sotheby’s to A-List Interiors, talented interior designer (and savvy businesswoman) Anelle Gandelman has been on the fast-track to success since immigrating to the US at age 17. Read on to find out about her inspirational journey, why travel sparks her creativity and her biggest challenge as a designer


1. How did you get started as a designer?

I did not take a direct path in becoming an interior designer. I was an artistic child, constantly painting and drawing, but I always knew I wouldn’t be happy as a fine artist and wanted a career that combined creativity with aspects of business. After high school I entered Parsons School of Design, thinking I wanted to be an art director at an advertising agency. However, while at Parsons I landed an internship with DwellStudio, a home furnishings brand founded by Christiane Lemieux, while it was in its start-up phase. I ended up working there for a few years after graduation, designing textiles, developing furnishings, and falling in love with all things home. I received an incredible hands-on education in both design and the running of a small business during my time there, but left DwellStudio to pursue a graduate program at Sotheby’s. While at Sotheby’s I developed my knowledge of antiques and contemporary art which led me to open an art gallery, representing emerging artists, in 2007. When the economic crisis of 2008 hit though, art sales became more difficult and I started providing in-home art consultations. These art consultations quickly morphed into interior design consultations which in turn developed into larger interior design projects and in 2012 I founded A-List Interiors.

 

2.Where do you get your inspiration?

It sounds a bit cliche, but my biggest inspiration is travel. I think it’s so important to leave my comfort zone and see things from other people’s perspective. I believe the more I see, the more trained my eye becomes at picking up on details and nuances that elevate the design of a room. Books and images are great but they can’t replace actually experiencing a space, whether that’s a luxury boutique hotel or a period room in an historic house.  

 

3. Do you have a favorite project to date? Or a favorite type of project that tends to be your favorite?

My favorite type of project is a large scale renovation or new build where we are involved from start to finish. It’s very fulfilling to take a home all the way from just a set of plans to a fully furnished turn key space, down to the last coffee table book. 

 

4.What is the biggest challenge you face as a designer?

The lack of standard business practices within the interior design industry and educating potential clients, who have never worked with an interior designer before, in what we do and the value of our services. This can be especially tricky, when furniture stores offer “free interior design services” and e-design platforms advertise low cost design packages.

 

5. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment to date? 

My biggest accomplishment to date is immigrating to the US from South Africa at 17 years old. That single decision set a completely new course for my life and made so many things possible, including the opportunity to grow the business I have today. 

6.Are there any designers that particularly inspire you?

I am inspired by Thomas Pheasant – his projects span a wide range of styles, from traditional to very contemporary, but they always feel classic and timeless. He has a way of creating rooms that are filled with beautiful details, yet they are never overstuffed and feel carefully edited which aligns with my own philosophy towards design. I also love the work of Parisian designers, Jean-Louis Denoit and Joseph Dirand. They both have such a strong point of view and I admire their ability to mix styles.

 

7. Go-to paint color?

Benjamin Moore China White

 

Ebooks or hardbacks?

Hardbacks

 

M&Ms or Skittles?

M&M’s

 

Coffee or tea?

Coffee

 

ANELLE GANDELMAN kitchen with lanterns over island

 

ANELLE GANDELMAN white kitchen

 

ANELLE GANDELMAN living room

 

ANELLE GANDELMAN wet bar

 

Check back tomorrow for more of Gandelman’s good taste and a super chic farmhouse tour

Thanks so much for spending your summer with Design Chic. We always love seeing you here!

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Chic Chat With Laura Hodges

 

Good morning, chic readers! Do we ever have a treat for you! The lovely Laura Hodges is here today for a chic chat, and we can’t wait for you to hear about where she gets her inspiration, her commitment to sustainable design and her biggest accomplishment to date. We think her work speaks for itself, but, even still, it’s so fun to get the story behind the design star. But don’t take our word for it. Enjoy!

1. How did you get started as a designer?

I’ve always loved interior design but I never realized just how incredible this industry could be. I initially earned a business degree then, after working at a marketing firm for a few years and feeling a need to be more creative, I decided to pursue a degree from New York School of Interior Design. While at school I interned with Jamie Drake and after school I worked briefly with Thomas Jayne before starting my own firm in 2016.

2.Where do you get your inspiration?

I find inspiration from my clients’ unique taste whether it’s art and textiles they already own, their favorite travel destinations, or simply a curated collection of their favorite spaces.

 

3.Do you have a favorite project to date? Or a favorite type of project that tends to be your favorite?

A favorite recent project was a loft with 18’ high ceilings and lots of custom design elements such as a new set of stairs and railings, a 15’ high bookcase backed with grasscloth and fully custom kitchen and bathrooms. I also had the opportunity to design some beautiful custom pieces of furniture and accessories for this project.

4.What is the biggest challenge you face as a designer?

My biggest challenge is sourcing sustainable furnishings for our projects. We work hard to make sure that our design is not only beautiful and functional but also environmentally responsible and healthy for our client’s homes.

5. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment to date?

I’m very proud of growing the business from just myself working at home to now having my husband directing the operations and an assistant designer and design coordinator working on projects with me. We also have a small home decor shop, Domain, that’s both a brick and mortar and online.

6.Are there any designers that particularly inspire you?

I love Kelly Wearstler, Athena Calderone and Darryl Carter. Their individual taste and styles are very different from each other but equally inspiring to me.

 

Go-to paint color?

I love Benjamin Moore’s Simply White and Healing Aloe, depending on the space and existing materials of course.

 

Ebooks or hardbacks?

I’m definitely a hard back reader, no e-books for me, but I love audio books too.

 

M&Ms or Skittles?

Peanut M&Ms are the best!

 

Coffee or tea?

Always tea. I was born in England so it’s tea all day.

Thanks so much for spending your summer with Design Chic. We always love seeing you here!

 
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