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Cocktails With – Nicola Rosen

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Nicola Rosen's passion for design started when she worked for Chris Blackwell on South Beach. “I would walk for hours looking at all the different galleries and design studios. I started painting murals as a side job and I was hooked,” she shares. We get super comfy at Island Art & Framing as she divulges more...

What has design taught you?

Design has taught me to really look at one's surroundings and start to notice textures, colours, lighting, space and, most importantly, speak to my clients and finding out what inspires them and makes them happy and comfortable.

 

How would you react if asked to design a room in a way that is visually pleasing but highly impractical?

There are so many ways to achieve a look without going overboard, I would start by giving you different options and paint the picture so you can really visualise the outcome.

 

Has anyone ever disagreed with your design suggestions?

Yes, we all have different tastes and like different things! I work with it!

It gets difficult when my clients have a very specific taste and it's really not mine, but that's how design works. At the end of the day, I want to make my clients happy so we always find a middle ground.

 

What are some of the most important questions to ask a potential client?

What makes you happy and feel comfortable? Do you like bright and cheerful? Calm and neutral? Modern and edgy?

A budget is also very imortant and, believe it or not, it forces you to be very creative when trying to stick within it.

 

What has been your approach to sustainable design?

Keeping my team at Island Art current! I am truly lucky to have such a creative team that understands design is always evolving. We have it all here in Jamaica. Amazing craft, art and the workmanship is top-class. I'm all for keeping it Jamaican but being inspired from all over the world.

What's your preferred design style?

Personally, I have recently changed my design style to very minimal, modern and a calm and soothing palette.

That, however, may change next week!

 

How do you keep up with industry changes?

I always try to stay ahead by reading magazines, travelling and researching the web! Houzz.com is one of my latest obsessions.

 

 

Functionality or appeal? What say you, and why?

A bit of both. Take, for example, me loving modern and minimal; it can also be a bit stark for a home, so balance is key. I always try to soften it so it is also cosy. Lighting is very important.

 

Is there anything exciting that you are working on at the moment that you can tell us about?

I am having a show in Montego Bay with PJ Stewart and my art teacher Fiona Godfrey. I am really excited about it. These women are so talented and inspire me to keep my creativity going and showing Jamaica the potential we have right here.

 

What colours, textures and furniture pieces do you love the most?

I love a soft palette, grey, white, silvers, golds and a pop of colour here and there.

As for furniture, I love very clean lines but it depends in what space. If I am doing more of a cottage setting, old-school Jamaican rattan and mahogany look fab.

 

Share with us a few of your favourite spaces anywhere in the world.

I recently spent some time downtown Miami in the design district! I walked and walked for hours.

Old Montreal was also fabulous. Whenever I travel I come back home and want to redo everything: house and the store. In fact, my kids think I am crazy as I am constantly moving around furniture, painting walls, recovering furniture and then, my most recent passion, painting my own art.

 

Join Nicola at Island Art & Framing for #DESIGNWEEKJA2017