After earning a degree from Rhode Island School of Design and spending four years with New York firm Costas Kondylis and Partners, Nina Freudenberger decided to branch out on her own. The Munich born interior designer jumped into the scary world of working for herself and quickly found success as she founded her own design business while also opening a retail store in NYC?s Nolita neighborhood called Haus Interior. Given her attention to detail and undeniable enviable knack for artfully styling anyone?s house into a home, we reached out to Nina to talk all things interior design and travel.
1. You own a brilliant interior design retail store in New York called Haus Interior and run your own firm. Which three countries top your list for inspiration?
I love traveling so try to get away every chance I get. I draw inspiration from each trip, but my largest influences are Scandinavia (the countryside in Denmark in particular), southern Germany (Bavaria) /northern Austria (Salzburg) and each and every time I go to Paris!
2. How would you describe your personal interior design aesthetic?
I would say that I lean towards the ?warm-modern look.? Clean lines in combination with natural materials are a constant throughout all of my work. I tend to stay neutral in my color choices but love to mix and match patterns for a fully decorated look.
3. What are a few of your favorite stores or sites to visit for ethnic/travel inspired home accessories?
In New York City, there are quite a few shops that have a really well traveled look. John Derian is a classic but I also love De Vera and Andrew Martin. And of course ABC! (http://www.andrewmartin.co.uk/ - there is one in NYC, http://www.deveraobjects.com/, http://www.johnderian.com/)
4. As a native of Munich, which shopping destinations in Germany do you consider a must-visit?
My two favorite cities for shopping are Berlin and Munich. Berlin has an incredible energy and is extremely supportive of young, innovative fashion designers. And Munich I always stop by my favorite store, Theresa, the owner has an incredible sense of style. (http://www.theresa.de/)
5. How does your interior design vision reflect in your personal style?
I tend to gravitate towards neutral colors and structured looks, such as blacks, nudes, grays and love to layer on major accessories to add that sparkle and glamour as a major statement. This season I am really loving that ?grellow? color ? that fabulous mustard/green yellow that is popping up everywhere, from clothing to home accessories.
6. What are your favorite pieces from L-atitude?
All of them! It is such a wonderfully curated collection! I think it is so exciting to be able to discover international designers through the site. Here are a few of my favorite pieces for the summer:
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