"Let's Talk Design" Series: Becky Nielsen

"Let's Talk Design" Series: Becky Nielsen

Becky Nielsen Interiors is a full service interior design firm based in Los Angeles, California.

Prior to forming her eponymous firm, Becky worked in New York City as a designer until moving to Los Angeles, where she held the senior position at Mark D. Sikes Interiors. 

Having been raised in the south, and spending her adult life in New York and California, Becky gravitates toward creating spaces that feel detailed and approachable; big in design, but wrapped in warmth. She specializes in incorporating classic inherited pieces with new and youthful style, marrying the client’s views and needs with her design vision.

 

How did you start your company and what’s your favorite part of what you do?

I started my company after 10 years of working in the industry for wonderful firms in new york city and los angeles. I love connecting with my clients and making their house a home. 

Describe your style in one sentence phrase.

Young traditional

When purchasing for your home, where should one invest and where should one save?

I always invest in great craftsmanship –– whether that is a cabinet maker, a painter or an upholstery workroom; someone who can nail the details is so important. I believe you can save on materials in a lot of ways –– tile, marble, linens, paints... If a craftsman can make a simple linen look great, or nail the inset detail of a simple tile, the house will feel thoughtful and well designed.

When designing a room, where’s the best place to start?

I generally start with a theme, color or pattern, and purpose of that room. I pick a fabric I love, and I speak at length with the client and architect about what the room will be used for. Then, I layer in additional details.

What’s your advice when purchasing an investment rug?

Often a rug is the foundation of a room. It is worth buying something of quality that will last generations. Pick something you love and you'll never tire of it.

Your three go-to paint colors.

Farrow and ball borrowed light, benjamin moore white dove, farrow and ball cooking apple green.

What design rule do you follow?

Add an antique!

Where do you find your inspiration?

Instagram, pinterest, and books! So many books... Old tv shows, old magazines and advertisements. Travel! So many places... I'm constantly taking photos, screen-shotting, sending myself an email to remind myself of some fabulous detail I've seen.

Favorite places to shop for home accessories?

Auction houses! I also love The Avenue, @shoptheavenue.


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