An interview with Amy Aidinis Hirsch
What is a common furniture arrangement mistake you see when entering homes?
I am always bothered when the carpet is too small and all the furniture is crammed on a postage stamp. Furniture needs to have breathing room, there needs to be circulation and overall balance to the selections. If you are arranging your furniture with all upholstered items, think twice and add in pieces that have an interesting shape and exposed legs or where the body is a mix of materials.
What is a new piece to invest in to liven-up a dining room?
Too many choices to just pick one. However, I would determine what does the client want to be the center stage of the room? Light fixtures set the tone, or do you prefer to have a wallpaper whether it is a bold pattern or a sultry color. If the space has a rectangular dining table maybe mix up the header chairs –try an antique as it’s easy to find a pair or a completely different shape.
What would you recommend to someone who just put down a decorating magazine and feels inspired to enliven a tired space but can’t go crazy?
First, purge and eliminate items that feel tired. Maybe there are too many items in the space. Pairing is key, so bringing in new accessories and books on a coffee tables or console always add interest. I am constantly sourcing new artisans, ceramist, woodworks – anything that is hand made is my go-to.
How do you tackle outdoor spaces positioned on a house that gets hit with direct sunlight?
I would explore how much sun it gets and what are the functions which the client wants to achieve. Sun drenched spaces require strategic umbrellas – there are so many different shapes to accommodate for shade. The sun certainly can do a number on furniture so I would explore powder coated or resin woven materials. We are sourcing so much exterior furniture and all vendors have outstanding pieces to their collections for 2020. Durability is key.
For a large open space, how do you create a sense of separateness between the individual spaces within? For example, a living room/dining room, or kitchen/living room?
I am fascinated with large scale lighting, so lighting can certainly serve as a division between spaces. The function of the space will dictate the differences.
For a family with growing kids, what do you find works best: island vs. kitchen nook vs. table dining?
I love a combination of a built-in upholstered banquette that butts up to the island and forms a sitting area with a dining table.
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