It’s hard to imagine a more creative start to a career than doing fashion editorial styling for Lady Gaga under Nicola Formichetti. That’s how Nicole R. Fisher began, working on music videos, live performances, and editorials for Vogue and Vanity Fair, before becoming lead stylist of One King’s Lane. She took this same creative approach to styling into her interior design career by founding New York-based BNR Interiors, developing spaces that incorporate high and low, vintage and new to eye-catching effect.

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Nicole R. Fisher. Photo: Yellow House Productions

What made you passionate about interior design? How’d you get your start in the industry?

I began my creative career in fashion editorial styling for Lady Gaga under creative director Nicola Formichetti. Creating a story on and off the pages trained my eye and unique approach to interior design. Starting with the homes of friends of family, BNR Interiors quickly became a business built on referrals and timeless family homes with an edge. 

What do you find most compelling about Chairish?

Chairish is one of our favorite antique destinations for the assortment of product. I can almost always type in anything I’m thinking of and find it right at my fingertips. The hunt has been simplified.

BNR Interiors
Photo: Spencer House Studio

How does sustainability factor into your design choices and love of vintage?

Our stories and our experiences are what make us unique, just like furniture. Vintage pieces give a space depth and character that new pieces can’t compare to. We like our clients to feel at home and to feel like their space can last them another 100 years. 

What are three of your favorite pieces on Chairish now?

I love this mid-century Italian room screen; this olive-colored Murano chandelier; and this pair of checkered burlwood coffee tables from the 1970’s.

BNR Interiors
Photo: Tim Hill Photography

Favorite way to create a statement-making moment in a room?

We love a patterned moment in a big way. Whether it’s on wallpaper, or a screen, or a fabric, these layers are what adds depth and interest to a room. 

Do you have any go-to color palettes and color combos? 

Brown and green, maroon and pink, orange and green.

What advice do you have for first-time clients about making their spaces truly personal?

I always tell clients to choose at least one thing in a room that brings a smile to your face whenever you see it. There can be so much joy in your home if you trust your instincts—and of course, your designer.

Lead image: photo by Tim Hill Photo


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November 13, 2023

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