We were so thrilled to have the chance to interview the talented NYC design duo, Julie Frank and Alessia Corpino of My Tiny Nest! Design contributors to ProjectNursery.com and the designers of Project Nursery’s booth at the Big City Mom’s Biggest Baby Shower earlier this week, these ladies are taking things to the next level! Their clean and sophisticated design style is absolutely wow-worthy, as you will see in some of the images from their portfolio below. You will notice that a lot of the pieces they use in their design are also pieces available on RosenberryRooms.com. We love that! Ready to be inspired?
Alessia – I always had the idea in my mind and when I got pregnant with my son I realized how challenging it can be setting up a tastefully designed nursery, especially when your life is busy as it can be in New York City. Nowadays the market offers many options – yet creating the perfect nest requires a lot of effort. Meeting Julie at a dinner one night we instantaneously got on so well and saw the same void and decided to go with the idea and see where it would lead.
Julie – As the only architect in my group of friends, people were always asking me for help with their apartments and advice when decorating. As my friends started having babies, I became the go to helper with the layout and color choices for their nurseries – I realized that this was a field that was largely saturated with product but under serviced by designers. When I met Alessia at dinner one night we began talking about it and exchanged e-mails, and then a few days later when we ran into each other by chance on the streets of NYC we decided to meet to talk about it, and over our Upper West Side dinner the idea was flushed out.
What is your favorite part of your daily work … when you reflect on the day, what is most rewarding?
Alessia – For me there are 3 very awarding milestones. Firstly finding the right pieces and accents for the specific rooms is a very rewarding quest – locating just the right chair or pillow to complete a vision always makes me feels like I just won a prize. That moment that all the pieces selected read coherently together is very rewarding.
I also love seeing the designs come to life during implementation and finally – the best part – is to see and hear parent’s reactions. When we see a moms and dads excitement as their visions have become the spaces for their little ones we really feel good about our job.
Julie – For me it’s the meeting when we we’ve already gotten to know the parents (And sometimes kids in the older children’s spaces) and we show them the scheme and suddenly they get so excited. When the words and visions they had shared with us start to take form as plans and selected pieces on a page. I also love to see which particular element a client will fixate on.
What is your most memorable design project?
Alessia – Last year, we worked on 3 rooms and a playroom all in the same townhouse. Each child had a different age and personality and creating different worlds to reflect their inner world was extremely exciting.
Julie – This is a hard one – we have been fortunate to have such great clients and have enjoyed every room, space and project. But I think for me I loved working on a romantic nursery for a little girl Stella. I am not a “Girly girl” so it was really stepping outside my comfort zone and aesthetic – and embracing pink. The room is so romantic and special and feels like the perfect space to welcome the beautiful little girl we got to meet a few months later.
If you could design a room for anyone in the world, who would it be?
Alessia – I would love to redecorate rooms in children’s homes, hoping that some fun decor and colors could bring some light in their life.
Julie – We often discuss bringing our talents to people who could use the brightness in their lives – I would like to help enhance and decorate the spaces for children with cancer –they are often home in their room’s way more than their peers and we would love to enhance their environments as much as we can
What thing/place/event were you most recently inspired by?
Alessia – I usually like to work with colors and spring is definitely the time of the year that inspires me the most. I leave near Central Park and when I take my children there, ideas starts spinning in my head away.
Julie – Right now I am sucked into the “retro trends”, I love the bold patterns and the bright colors that are back in fashion and am a longtime fan of the mid-century modern furniture trends. I always keep a camera on me – a hangover from architecture school days – and take pictures of buildings, people – and very often food compositions that inspire me.
Where is your favorite place you have traveled to?
Alessia – Tibet, the colors I have seen there are quite unique.
Julie – Istanbul – the city is so rich in history and culture and yet also has a very modern and current movement developing. It’s truly a city that embraces, engages and indulges all five senses and I find myself over stimulated and continually enthralled whenever I am there. I always say it’s a city that gets under your skin and into your soul.
Where in the world are you dying to go next?
Alessia – Japan. Japanese design is one of the most inspiring!
Julie – Bali – I am a beach baby at heart and when there is a rich heritage and vernacular style and culture to experience it’s a bonus.
What is your favorite Rosenberry Rooms product(s)?
Alessia – The Jennifer Delonge Parker Chair in Aqua Velvet.
Do you have any news that you would like to share, perhaps about upcoming events or projects?
Early this week we worked with Project Nursery to design two nurseries for the Big City Mom’s Biggest Baby Shower in NYC! We designed 2 vignettes – a modern boy’s room and a vintage girl’s room with vendors such as Serena and Lily and Ducduc and muralist Sam Simon. We had so much fun putting these rooms together!
Now, just for fun:
Alessia – As a true Italian: panino al prosciutto crudo e mozzarella
Julie – Any cheese plate with a fresh baguette and some quince paste
Favorite TV Show
Alessia – ‘Downtown Abby': brings me back to my days in London.
Julie – Mad Men – it indulges my retro obsession, but I am also newly addicted to the Voice (and spontaneous Monday night dancing around my apartment to some of the songs)
Alessia – “Respiro”: just reminds me home.
Julie – “St Elmo’s Fire”, we’ve been together for 27 years
Favorite Weekend Activity
Alessia – beach, beach and beach!
Julie – beach, beach and beach!
Alessia – I have a few so it really depends on my mood and on what I am doing. Now I am obsessed with: ‘we are young’ by Fun.
Julie – Black Eyed Peas– I am also a huge fan of the 80’s and 90’s