Chic Chat: Anelle Gandelman of A-List Interiors

ANELLE GANDELMAN kitchen and dining nook with lantern


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?



M&Ms or Skittles?



Coffee or tea?



ANELLE GANDELMAN kitchen with lanterns over island


ANELLE GANDELMAN white kitchen






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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In Good Taste: Heidi Caillier

Heidi Caillier gray kitchen


Good morning, chic readers! I am celebrating today because my sixth book, FEELS LIKE FALLING (Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books), releases exactly three months from today! (More on that–and a fun offer–below.)


Heidi Caillier gray kitchen with brass hardware


I know I’ve said this before, but I’ve always been a huge fan of Tuesdays. As a kid, that was because new episodes of Full House came out on Tuesdays and Mom let me stay up until 8:30 to watch, which was a big deal!



Now, it’s because Tuesday always means featuring a new or favorite designer in all his or her glory. (And new books always release on Tuesdays, too, so that’s fun.)


Heidi Caillier green cabinets with brass hardware


Today we are so excited to showcase the gorgeous taste of Heidi Caillier.


Heidi Caillier green cabinets with brass hardware


With this designer, every little space is a chance to look–and then look again–to capture and take in each tiny detail that combines to form a spectacular whole. 


Heidi Caillier green cabinets with brass hardware


We love her use of color in the kitchen,


Heidi Caillier turquoise cabinets with brass hardware


How cozy and warm it makes the spaces. 


Heidi Caillier white cabinets with brass hardware


But, then again, you know we’ll never turn away a white kitchen! Especially when it has gorgeous brass accents!



What do you notice first in this room? For us, the chairs jumped out with that fabulous fabric, and we would have sworn they were our favorite element. But then that coffee table is a true work of art… And the pillows… And the details in that lamp… It’s one of those instances we just had to keep looking to take it all in!


bathroom with green cabinets


So many special elements combine here to create a perfect bathroom that is far from boring and becomes a true experience. Which is your favorite space?


Haris Kenjar Photography

Like I said above, FEELS LIKE FALLING releases in three short months! This is when the fun really begins. I’ll be announcing the official tour dates next week, but, for now, I have a little surprise for you! Everyone who preorders FEELS LIKE FALLING today, January 28, and emails me their receipt and address to [email protected] gets a FREE copy of THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE. It’s as easy as that! 

My friend Stephanie from Porter Co. Book Shoppe is taking signed, personalized preorders of FEELS LIKE FALLING between now and April 20. (Message her here for info and to order!) 

And, FEELS LIKE FALLING is currently eligible for an extra 15% off on Amazon. It’s the perfect time to preorder!

Preorders Available From:

Simon and Schuster



Barnes & Noble



And Signed Preorders Available From:

Porter Co Book Shoppe

The Country Book Shop

Quail Ridge Books

Beaufort Linen Co.

Dee Gee’s Books & Gifts



In Good Taste:Jean Stoffer Design


Good morning, friends! We hope you had a terrific long weekend, filled with sun and fun and, of course, most importantly, remembering those who have sacrificed themselves for our freedom. 


White Homes Inside & Out!

Shelley Johnstone White House with pool
Shelley Johnstone


We’re not really that into the “no white after Labor Day” rule anymore… But, even still, white homes just feel like summer, don’t they?

A fresh coat of paint on a white picket fence after a crackling winter frost…

White buds crawling up the trellis…

That bright, clean feeling that you get from being in an all-white space… All it says to us is summer, summer, summer!

LIsa Luby Ryan

But, indoors, there’s no reason in the world not to embrace the crispness of white all year round.

Cantley and Company

Who could ask for anything more? Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

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