A full service interior design firm, Amanda Nisbet prides herself on mixing function and style, classical motifs and contemporary idioms, in rich and unexpected ways, Nisbet never loses her sense of wit and whimsy, or her conviction that a home is for living in, and the designer’s job is first and foremost to answer a client’s needs, wishes and dreams. Accordingly, Nisbet keeps both her company and number of active projects small, thus ensuring her involvement with – and commitment to – every home she creates.
What’s your goto classic color choice? Boysenberry and Midnight Blue
Is there a hotel that’s most inspired your work while traveling? As my work has me travelling all over the country and internationally, there is truly no place like home. I really never know what’s new and what’s hip at the moment when it comes to restaurants and hotels. My most productive and inspiring moments are sitting in my living room and looking through my endless stack of shelter magazines. Those few hours of down time over the weekend are priceless to me.
Which pieces of technology do you use to document design inspiration? My iPad is priceless and the best device that I have ever purchased. The ease of use and its sleek design is inspiring in itself… I can copy and add inspirational images by the droves and my new favorite trick, screenshots!
Where do you go to spot new style? I love Bergdorf Goodman… amazing jewelry inspired my lighting collection and was the genesis for my Kips Bay room this year. I think that fashion and jewelry are as inspiring at the amazing home floor on 7. It’s a treasure trove and you’ll never know what you will find there, coupled with a scrumptious lunch, its truly New York style full service luxury
Do you have a favorite restaurant (for the design and the food, of course)? (giggling) everyone who knows me knows that as much as I love and appreciate good food, I am not a cook. After a long day at work my favorite restaurant is my dining room and delivery. I am a Taurus and we love our creature comforts.
What’s your favorite small museum in the world? The Cooper Hewitt Design Museum… from the inspiring architecture to the well-curated shows; an all around fabulous museum
How do you usually start your weekend? With my favorite margarita from Rosa Mexicano and dinner with my husband, Chip.
Who or what is your biggest design influence? My parents and my childhood growing up in Montreal.
How do you keep it all together? Margaritas, my family and my Business Manager and fabulous team... they have allowed me to delegate and to remove myself to the point that I am no longer pulling hair out in this ever challenging and dynamic industry. Now he’s pulling his hair out and I’m focused on what I love: DESIGN.
Design a garden: groomed or freestyle? A combination of both… Groomed boxwoods and free flowing flowers, structure and organic all in one beautiful and organic display.