20 Questions for Michelle Nussbaumer

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Michelle Nussbaumer

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If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? A veterinarian

What are you most inspired by? Nature

Who is your ultimate style icon? Maharani Gayatri Devi

What’s your go-to hostess gift? An encrusted mint julep cup



What’s your favorite movie interior? Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and The Beast

Favorite album? Any album from Johnny Cash

Favorite hotel? For a family trip with my four kids, we love going to the Hotel Splendido in Portofino

Favorite restaurant? Nino’s on Via Borgognona, Rome

Favorite cocktail? Jack and Coke, I am from Texas after all!

Favorite museum? Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

Favorite artist? Cy Twombly

Favorite flower? I love using the tuberose in bunches. Their scent fills a room beyond any other flower.

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More is more. Less is never more. Less is obviously less. Who wants less?

— Michelle Nussbaumer


What paint colors are you obsessed with? Anything from Benjamin Moore

Do you have a decorating cheap thrill? Pulling over for a flea market, any time, anywhere

Are there any decorating tricks you swear by? To enlarge a small space, I will install a pair of false doors and mirror the inset for a touch of instant glamour!

One decorating technique you’d never use? Never say never—check out Tony Duquette’s hubcap and egg-crate covered pagoda towers!

When decorating, what should you never skimp on? Art



What’s your favorite place to source fabric? The antique textiles from the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is where I pull inspiration for my fabric line

Who makes the best bedding? D. Porthault

What’s your secret resource for furniture? Serpette Flea Market, Paris

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One Response to “20 Questions for Michelle Nussbaumer”

  1. Nancy Whitehead says:

    Now Michelle is an incredibly talented designer. This lady has God given talent even though she most likely has a great education behind her Michelle I would love to know where you found those Chinese Daybeds. Talk about a WOW factor and you put them both i one space adding to the sheer drama of the space. I also love anything purple but it can be a tough color to use in design. Many kuddod’s to what you did with that paper on the walls and the mirrored finishes on the vanity and mirrors, Genius! ( Istibs? Or secret )

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