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Designer Spotlight: Nadia Gordon

By: Casey Gerber

January 21, 2016

Originally from Ukraine, Laurel & Wolf Designer Nadia Gordon believes that the secret to a successful project lies in seeing through her customer’s vision, deciphering their wants and needs, and finally supporting them through the process until the project is completed. According to Nadia, “The biggest mistake a designer can make is to impose their vision on their clients. One may end up with a beautiful space, but also a space that is foreign to their customer.” This truth has enabled Nadia to become a self-proclaimed, “design chameleon that is able to to change and re-adapt to each customer’s needs, their specific style and preferences.”

Get to know Laurel & Wolf Designer Nadia Gordon below and start a project with her here!


What is your dream project?

Over the years, I have noticed that my favorite project is always the last one that I completed (even though sometimes it may not seem like that in the beginning). This is what is great about being an interior designer — each project is just like a new story that unfolds as it goes. You may not always know where it will take you, but you always end up falling in love with it in the end. This has been my experience, at least. Aside from these projects, I do dream to design a tropical resort one day. Hopefully soon!

What is one place you have traveled to that has inspired the design of your own home?

Oh, Barcelona — without a doubt! The depth of artistic culture, the fusion of old and new, the interconnection of traditional and modern have all captivated me ever since visiting.

If you got to pick a movie to live in, which would it be?

The first movie that comes to mind is Fifty Shades of Grey. I remember noticing some very stylish, beautifully designed spaces while watching this movie.

What is the least glamorous thing you do as a designer?

I definitely enjoy getting my hands dirty! There hasn’t been a project where I did not do some sort of DIY — big or small the process is rarely glamorous! I have also found myself assembling furniture with my clients and hanging art, shelving​, window treatments,​ etc.

If you were to create the ideal design power couple, who would they be and why?

I relate to Charles Eames a lot! The innovative thinking, the breaking of the rules, and thinking outside the box. His fearlessness has always inspired me as an interior designer!

You have $100 to put the finishing touches on a space. What do you do?

I would spend half on plants and the other half on thrift store finds that could be customized with simple DIY tricks. Live plants add a great touch to any space. Not only do they look warm and inviting, they also improve air quality. I also believe that small decorative accessories, that we often overlook due to lack of funds, give a space a great sense of depth. When the budget is tight, I hit thrift stores and always end up with a unique selection for my client!

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