Emily Fede is a home designer, crafting and developing new design projects for clients at Homepolish, currently operating in 8 US cities. The Homepolish brand is changing the interior design industry one project at a time, by offering transparency and clarity when working with their clients. Whether it’s a total renovation or finding the perfect finishing touches, Emily and her fellow designers work by the hour to create balanced spaces that work. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Emily Fede.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
I gravitate towards what I would consider a mix of Mid Century and Global design. I love the juxtaposition of sophisticated structured lines, against bold global textures and colors.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
I’m a firm believer that any well designed space should start with a well thought out and organized floor plan. Once a solid framework is decided upon, I start looking for a great piece of artwork, a bold patterned rug, or sculpturally interesting piece of furniture that I can start to build the story around. This is the fun part, where materials boards work in conjunction with sketches and renderings to start conveying the overall concept to a client.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
I would say that some of the most creative people that I have had the honor to work with were those who I attended the Academy of Art University with. I was very fortunate to be surrounded by movers and shakers in many disciplines of art and design who provided constant sources of inspiration, and motivation. Having people around who are willing to lend an ear, challenge designs in progress with rebuttal, and constructively critique is a very powerful force. Sometimes you really need someone to challenge you to fully understand a space and how your design will translate and work within it.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
Travel has proven to be one of my greatest inspirations. I am always fascinated by how materials, textures, patterns, and prints can convey culturally rich and variant stories. I can spend hours walking through the streets of a new place taking photos of old painted doors, brass handles, carved wooden beams, and lacquered tiles.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
Surround yourself by people and places that inspire you to grow as an artist and designer, and immerse yourself in what you love to do. Keep an open mind, experiment, and don’t be afraid to step outside of the box. I have found that some of the most rewarding projects have been those that I started out not thinking were possible, or were just way too “over the top”.