First Person: Tina Ramchandani

Cara Gibbs

01 August 2020
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SoulfulMinimalism  TINA RAMCHANDANI 

THE NEW YORK-BASED DESIGNER SHARES THE MAGIC OF TEXTURE IN A ROOM AND HER GREATEST LESSON DURING THIS TIME.

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During these crazy times, I have a positive attitude, but there are definitely bits of stress and anxiety! Most projects have slowed/paused. We still have a couple moving forward, but generally we are trying to work on our business in other ways until we are able to get back into homes. I think many people will walk away from this wanting to redesign their homes, either for comfort or function—no touch lights or faucets, mud room as soon as you enter a home to disinfect or change shoes. And many of us will have realized we can be flexible in the way we do business, as well as more efficient. The greatest lesson I’ve learned during this time is to live in the moment as it’s been made clear we are unable to plan for the future.

 

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Travel has always had the biggest impact on my work—Seeing spaces around the world and how they are used; how they inspire those in the cities I travel to. I love texture more than pattern. I like homes to look and feel timeless and I have trouble loving a pattern for a long period of time. I believe texture brings sophistication to a space. My favorite spaces to design are living and family rooms. To me, they are just as important as kitchens, as the entire family uses this space. I love creating beautiful, usable spaces for everyone to enjoy.

 

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Cara Gibbs

Cara is a freelance design and lifestyle writer, editor, and stylist residing in Manhattan. Formerly the principal style editor at Luxe Interiors + Design, she now is a regular contributor to Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Wallpaper, and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. She is also the co-founder of the artisan marketplace, In The Pursuit, a platform that marries content with commerce through a lifestyle lens.

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