AT HOME WITH VITA x Ariel Okin
Ariel Okin: My design style tends to gravitate toward traditionalism, with a contemporary twist. I always aim to craft timeless spaces for our clients that are inspired by English and American influences, always incorporating antiques and comfortable upholstery, and really setting the stage for happy, cozy, inviting family homes for generations to come. I am often inspired by nature for palettes; whether blues and greens, chocolate browns and marigolds, or pinks and oranges the color of a sunset, and I like to use color, typically, as an accent on a neural palette with lots of texture as an anchor. I like playing with textures, and we always incorporate different elements of smooth, angular, nubby, etc. to create the tension that makes an interesting space. Hallmarks of our work that are often identifiable in our projects include sisal rugs, porcelain jars and lamps, white plasterwork, interesting wallpapers, and good English style upholstery.
AO: Fresh, seasonal flowers are always a must, as well as candlelight (everyone looks better in candlelight!) and pretty linens. I like to swap out my plates and servingware depending on my mood!
AO: My parents! They are very warm and thoughtful entertainers and that experience watching them host as a child stuck with me. My husband’s parents are also excellent at throwing any kind of party.
AO: Billy Joel, early 2000’s rap – anything I can sing to. It’s a mixed bag!
AO: Good music, good food, good people. (And good lighting – sorry, that's four things!)
AO: Anything from Rochambeau Farm in Bedford, crusty bread from LMNOP, dark chocolate from Mast, weekly provisions from Stocked by Three Owls, prepared foods from Aux Delices in Greenwich.
AO: Ina Garten, because how fabulous would that be?
AO: Depends on the occasion.
AO: Who has the time?
AO: Fresh, colorful flowers in deep jewel tones.