We’re back with a new guest tastemaker for some quick-fire questions and a mini-curation of some fab Chairish finds!

This week, we are joined by Los Angeles-based interior designer Becky Nielsen. Growing up in the South and beginning her career in New York City (where she held the senior position at Mark D. Sikes Interiors), Becky really honed in on her individual design aesthetic when she started her eponymous firm. Taking a simultaneously detailed and big-picture approach, Becky instills warmth into every interior she works on.

Another key component to Becky’s work? Mixing old with new—music to our ears here at Chairish! She’s an expert in seamlessly incorporating inherited fittings into fresh interiors and giving old pieces new life with upholstery. Read on to find out her perspective on the LA versus NYC interior aesthetic, her most cherished career moments, and why she loves all things aged.

You’ve worked in both New York City and Los Angeles. What do you think are some of the differences in interior design styles between the two cities?
The two main differences in my mind are weather and apartment versus house living. LA is driven by the weather and everyone wants that “indoor/outdoor lifestyle.” People decorate their homes assuming that they’ll always keep the windows and doors open and that they’ll want to move seamlessly between patio and interior living. On the other hand, NYC resident’s homes are their haven. They want a reprieve from the weather and hustle and bustle.

What is the most memorable career moment you’ve had so far? 
Probably being asked to do the Southern Living Showhouse when I first went off on my own. It was such a special ask, and I got to work with really great designers that have since become my champions and close friends. Another close second is being with Mark D. Sikes when his first book launched. It was really special and I’m so proud of him.

What is the most outstanding design element you’ve ever incorporated into a space?
This is a good question. I think I’m most proud of a Butler’s Pantry I did where we cut out pages from a botanical book and applied them to the walls like wallpaper. It was unique and really fun! 

Who is your ultimate style icon, and why?
Lee Radziwill and Tory Burch. They both dressed so effortlessly chic with simple classics, and also had killer homes.

Do you collect anything?
Do design books count? I’m sort of a hoarder of design books. I loved old things—pieces of art collected through travel, old linens, my grandmother’s silver, anything shell related. I think your own personal little collections are really what drives the aesthetic of your home. It brings you joy! 


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March 11, 2022

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