Deborah Wecselman

For this well-traveled interior designer, it's all in the mix

How would you describe your design aesthetic? I love objects and furniture with personality. I like modern spaces, but there has to be a relationship between the architecture and the interiors. I love color and mixing different styles and elements, but I believe that there needs to be a thread linking all spaces together. Where do you find inspiration? Inspiration can come from anywhere—a piece of fabric, an article in a magazine, a vintage object—but definitely a lot of my inspiration comes from my travels. It is fun to recall all these moments of my life and see where they end up in somebody else’s home. What influences your color palette? I think clients influence my palette. I start pushing the envelope, but they are the ones who ultimately direct me toward the palette they are comfortable with. Then it is up to me to work within their comfort zone but create something totally out of their reach. You’ve worked in the Bahamas and Florida. How do you incorporate these beautiful surroundings into your designs? The exterior of a home has to work with the interior, especially in a modern environment. I try to incorporate colors from nature and use them as accents to the interior design of the space. We are currently working in a house in the Bahamas, and the colors used throughout are similar to colors found in surrounding nature. When did you know you wanted to be an interior designer? I always liked the idea. Even when I was a little girl, I kept changing the furniture in my room because I always thought there was a better layout. The great experience during my studies in New York City, which offers the best inspiration for any creative individual, cemented my passion for what I do. How does a designer give clients exactly what they’re looking for without compromising his or her own style and taste? Creating a successful design for a client is the mixing of elements that will bring happiness to the client, but also to the designer. There are many elements that come into play when designing for someone else, such as functional needs, style requirements, available space, existing budgets and clients’ dreams. A designer has to be savvy in incorporating all of these in a functional, realistic and creative expression of great design. You’ve said that your firm will stay small. Why? I am more interested in designing all aspects of a project, and you can’t be everywhere. I spend a lot of time designing throughout the process of a project, and I don’t think I could give my clients that attention if we were a big firm. I like the feeling of being a small firm; the relationship in the office is very casual and it is the only way I feel comfortable.