Why I Design

Sara Bodner

Hey there! I wanted to share my application essay to New York School of Interior Design on why I want to become an Interior Designer:

Since I was a little girl, I have always had an overactive imagination, a supremely creative mind, and a love for all things beautiful. Dreams, images and fantasies of beauty were my friends and companions. I had this need to design, to create and to express my own style, and felt much joy when I did.  I perused the Architectural Digest and wished I was in those beautiful homes. I imagined the way I would design homes, envisioning the most original and unique ideas that I had never seen before. I thought of style, fashion, textiles, and surroundings, and over time have come to develop my own taste – romantic, dreamy, whimsical, artsy and eclectic.

 I was always very sensitive to my surroundings, and being in cramped, dirty or undecorated places made me stressed; as if I was scattered, out of place.  Beautiful spaces and well decorated interiors attracted me, pulled me magnetically, making me feel calm and focused. I still am hyper sensitive to my surroundings and beautiful places have a profound effect on me.  Being in a space with high ceilings, tasteful color and balanced design expands my mind.  I love paintings, fine art and photography adorning rooms – I have always found art elevating and inspiring.  A room decorated beautifully, is a place that makes me feel like being the best me.

From all the vast worlds of designing, from Fashion design to Packaging Design etc., Interior Design is the most fulfilling form of design to me due to the effect it has on the human psyche. Additionally, the sheer wealth of material to work with – from granite counter tops to curtains to wood, and the endless variations and choices – from the floor to the walls to the lighting make it the most exciting and expansive form of design for me.

I have always been fascinated by people and human emotions so I began my schooling in the field of psychology, graduating cum laud from Touro College with a Bachelor’s in psychology.  I believe my education will aid in the social interaction with the client. I love working with people, and thus would love collaborating with the client, working on the project together to satisfy his or her vision.

I believe I can also apply my psychology background and knowledge of how the mind works internally to the external forces of design. Design has always been not just about the external appearance to me, but much deeper. I am passionate to create beautiful surroundings that make people feel at ease, self-expressed and happy. I wish to design beautiful spaces that expand the mind and elevate a person. Places that boast of a greater atmosphere of intelligence and art.  Homes, offices, schools, stores that are organized and functional, with optimal storage place to de clutter the mind and aid in an efficient, productive life. Being able to express my feelings and emotions into the design of a home or other structure will give me the feeling of liberation and fulfillment as an artist.

 Yup, pretty dramatic, but still feel that way after years of schooling 🙂 Beautiful surroundings and interiors just plain and simple: make me happy. And as the popular quote says: Do what makes you happy every day and you’ll never work a day in your life; sounds like good advice to me.

do what you love
Do what you Love
Passion
Passion
working hard
working hard
Come Alive
Come Alive

ALEXIS BITTAR Office Design Concept

by Sara Bodner

Theoretical design concept for Alexis Bittar, a high fashion jewelry design company’s corporate offices. Offices will be “built” on the 2oth floor of the New York Times building in New York City. The scheme of the interior design will reflect the Alexis Bittar design aesthetic of carved Lucite, precious colorful stones, and metallic elements with Lucite partitions and furniture, metallic finishes and jewel tone upholstery. 

Sculptural Furniture and Lighting Selections
Sculptural Furniture and Lighting Selections
Alexis Bittar Office Floor Plan
Alexis Bittar Office Floor Plan
Reflected Ceiling Plan
Reflected Ceiling Plan
North Elevation
North Elevation
Lounge Perspective
Lounge Perspective
Boardroom Perspective
Boardroom Perspective

Hello world!

We are starting to blog to share our inspiration and design ideas with anyone, help interior design students out with their projects (because we are nice) and to showcase our work so we can start working on our own as a team.

So, a little about us: We met as students in New York School of Interior Design. We both are in our 20s and Becka is a mother of 2 adorable girls – a 3 year old and a 1 year old. Sara is soon to be a mother at the end of July 🙂 We both live in Midwood, Brooklyn, NY but both of us hope we won’t live here forever and would love to move somewhere sunny and green.

Our Design Styles:

Sara: I love interiors with color, floral prints, natural elements and mixing modern and organic furniture and finishes. I mean, I love so many things – industrial design, eclectic design, glamorous design, modern design, there are so many ways to design well! Also, I am very feminine. There’s just no denying it anymore! 😉

A few images of my style:

Floral Prints for Walls and Upholstery.
Floral Prints for Walls and Upholstery.
Artistic Prints
Artistic Prints
Fresh and Clean Modern Design. White color palette with pops of color.
Fresh and Clean Modern Design. White color palette with pops of color.
Natural Birch Trees in Interiors with modern furniture.
Natural Birch Trees in Interiors with modern furniture.

I get so inspired in my projects, I have to remind myself not to overdo it, and that good design should stick to one or two main themes to convey a strong idea. I learned that in my projects I also like to create a wow factor, something spectacular, something that will make people notice the space and feel something. (Yeah, I guess I have always been dramatic)

Quote Art on Walls.
Quote Art on Walls.

Becka: When it comes to personal style, It’s so hard to choose just one- I am so inspired by many different styles. I’m happy to have the ability to work with any client’s style- whether it’s traditional, modern, rustic, or industrial, as well as ethnic style. I appreciate beauty all around me and I notice detail everywhere I go. I especially love handmade art- I feel it has such character to it- it tells a story. In my own design I love to mix materials and textures to create the feeling I am trying to get. I love to throw in a surprising element by using materials unexpectedly- in a subtle way. When done properly, this can have an almost magical effect.