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Meet the Designers Pt. 3: Rooms With a View 2013

Five questions for Tiffany Eastman and Nancy Corbett

Five questions for Tiffany Eastman of Tiffany Eastman Interiors

athome: How is your home designed to fit your lifestyle?
Tiffany Eastman: For my own home, when people come in, they always have the same kind of feeling—that it’s very warm and that it is an inviting space, even though it tends to be a little more on the formal side. I like there to be a causal formality to the feeling of spaces I design for myself. I mix a lot of different periods. I love mixing midcentury pieces, lacquer pieces, and antiques.

ah: What are your main sources of inspiration?
TE: I’m inspired by fashion. I like things to have a little bit of sheen to them. I find inspiration in everyday things. I take inspiration from all of my surroundings, both natural and fabricated.

ah: If you could design for anyone in the world, who would you pick and why?
TE: Coco Chanel, because she would have paraphrased it as “If you don’t do it for yourself, do it for those who have to look at you.” Meaning it’s about appearance and the outward look. That resonates with somebody who does something on an aesthetic level every day. I’m not only designing for my clients’ needs, I’m also designing so my clients can come home at the end of the day and have a true representation of who they are.

ah: What is your most prized possession?
TE: My most prized possession is this beautiful midcentury chow-legged coffee table. I had it white lacquered and I put a white marble top on it. It’s clean and classic and probably won’t go out of style. Thirty years from now, I will probably have the same coffee table. I love everything about it—the lines, the simplicity of it. It’s glamorous but at the same time it’s understated.

ah: Where do you like to shop for your design projects?
TE: I frequent Bungalow and White Birch Studio, as well as the Antique & Artisan Center in Stamford.

Five Questions for Nancy Corbett of Corbett-Wright

athome: How is your home designed to fit your lifestyle?
Nancy Corbett: It’s personal. It has multiple influences and it is filled with pieces I’ve collected since I was in college. It’s harmonious, asymmetrically balanced, and calm.

ah: What is your favorite piece in your home?
NC: Everything, I love it all. But what I’m most excited about right now is this gilded koi home office I used.

ah: What is your dream design project?
NC: I would love to do a small jewel box home office in New York City with lacquer tortoise shell components.

ah: What makes a design great?
NC: Great design, for me, is a combination of graceful proportions and beautiful materials, but also really practical. Great design really makes you think, “Wow, this really works for me.” That’s the combination I’m looking for: beautiful, timeless, completely modern and up-to-date in how it functions for you.

ah: If you could design for anyone in the world, who would it be?
NC: I would love to design for someone who is bold and gracious. Christy Turlington is inspiring in every way.