It’s no surprise why Rinat Tahar of Tahar Décor has been able to reach the hearts of many with her talent for interior decorating. She started out in 2004 transforming units for friends in Manhattan. She was then given the opportunity to work on projects for the late and former president Bongo of Gabon in West Africa. With strong support from her design team, she helped to rejuvenate tourism in the region. She has also worked on residential units located in the East midtown section of New York City, which were recognized for being the bestselling condos in 2008. With a diverse style and vision, and an understanding of her client’s needs, Rinat has created a formula for continued success.
We asked the designer of this modern eclectic living room to reveal how she took a blank canvas and created a coloful space full of life. Lucky for us Rinat Tahar, the founder of Tahar Decor in New York, didn't stop there. Read along as she shares her designer tips for recreating this vibrant living space in your own home.
1. What were you trying to accomplish with the design of this project?
Not every day you get to work with an uninterrupted view of NYC's East River and high rises. I wanted to capture that, but still create a warm inviting space for my clients to enjoy.
2. What was the inspiration for the project?
When I first met with Shagun, she showed me her wedding album and I was so inspired by the celebration of colors and elegance that it became very important to me to incorporate this in her new home.
My first questions for my clients are what is your favorite color; what would you like to wake up to in the morning? Shagun and Gaurav are extremely warm and fun people so I wanted to give them an environment that embodied that feeling. By mixing Moroccan spice and gold leaf by Benjamin Moore we got the perfect warm, fun, and modern feel they were after.
4. What element did you start with?
We first started with the sofa. We wanted something that would be modern and comfortable to unwind on after a long day at work. We then picked the rug, accent chair, art, and the rest of the decor.
5. How did you begin the design process?
Shagun sent me a power point with a number of styles and ideas of what she would want to see in her new home, but it wasn't until she showed me her wedding album that it all came together. There was one photo of her hand reaching out that captured my eye and I let it be the inspiration for the space.
6. What is your favorite part of the project and why?
It's hard to say. I loved this project from the beginning to the end, but that "WOW" feeling you get when you walk in the space is priceless. Also, the fact that Shagun and Gaurav trusted me 100 percent made the process so pleasurable and easy.
7. What are your tips for someone trying to recreate the look of this project?
Don't try to copy the space. Pick one or two things you like the most about the space and with that create your own look.
8. What is your favorite designer trick?
I love to mix new and old and high and low.
9. Finish the sentence: Every room needs _____.
Your personal touch.
10. What is your best piece of advice for someone who is redecorating their home?
First, try to understand your style by searching online to get ideas of what's out there. You'll know what you will want to see in your home. Also, don't be afraid to use pops of color and accessories. It's usually what completes a room.