Q&A With Nadia Casanova
Casaza: How did you get your start?
Nadia Casanova: It's really a funny story. I was sitting at home trying to figure out exactly what I wanted to do in terms of my career path, and finally I opted to go to school for business. That plan didn't work because I quit after my first semester. Christmas 2014 I was talking to my sister and I mentioned wanting to start a YouTube channel and she said, "You're so creative! I'm shocked you haven't already started that process; what's stopping you?" Secretly I wanted to but I was so scared of failing, I just opted not to pursue it. Later on that evening the question of what's stopping me kept coming back, so as a Christmas gift to myself I took a leap of faith and uploaded my first video.
It was horrible... Bad lighting, bad angles, etc. but the most important thing is I did. My channel, in the beginning, was very surface level, but I quickly figured out if you're not doing what you love you will lose passion fairly quickly. One summer I sat down and wrote down a few ideas, looked up a few editing tutorials, and I hit the ground running with my interior design content. I haven't looked back. I've always had a love for design; the missing piece to the puzzle was discovering confidence in myself. So for anyone reading this the biggest tip I can give is -- start where you are and work your way up from there.
C: How would you describe your style?
NC: I would consider my personal style to be transitional-minimalist. Some of the elements would include neutrals, lots of reflective tones, wood, and architectural details. What brings a space together for me is the flow and aesthetic of the room.
I'm a homebody so I don't get out much but I love when a room looks well-traveled. The complements of new, old, and even restored have a way of creating a timeless look. I believe in having luxury finishes but they must also be user-friendly, and easy on the wear and tear. I don't have much of a green thumb so I love incorporating flowers… Real and silk.
C: Where do you get new ideas and inspiration?
NC: I find inspiration by shopping and taking light travel trips. It can be anything from a building, street art, or something as simple as painting. Recently I've been enjoying looking at celebrity homes, and the local architecture locally here in Savannah. The things that feed my creativity are those moments that stick out in your mind; most recently I had s'mores for the first time, the kids were laughing the temperature was just right, and it was just beautiful. Now I'm pro everyone having an outdoor space with a fire-pit. Design isn't just about aesthetics but more so the memories and experiences you'll have in those spaces.
C: Favorite room in the house?
NC: The master bedroom suite hands down is my favorite. It's one of the rooms I spend the least amount of time in but when you're in there it should feel sexy and intimate. Textiles such as silk, velvet, sateen, cotton for me is a plus. The master suite is a pretty simple setup and I don't feel like it requires a lot of thought.
C: Design rule you don’t subscribe to?
NC: I've never been good with rules so I would say, I do believe less is more. A home should be a reflection of the clients' needs and wants, so your home has to work for you! I turned our coat closet into an indoor tree-house. My boys needed an extra space other than our family room and the coat closet was big enough and also small enough to get creative. One large tree decal and one sofa later, and it's still the most used space in our home. I believe in doing what makes you feel happy, so if you're happy then you have a successful design.
C: Recent project that inspired you?
NC: I'm currently working with a client out of North Carolina and her children are so involved in their rooms; I couldn't stop smiling listening to her 10-year-old daughter break down the exact color of her room and her furniture. Situations like those make me really enjoy my work and keeps me inspired.
C: What is “good design” to you?
NC: Good design is always a reflection of the people who live the home. My job is to tailor their ideas and bring in some upgraded elements like friendly textiles, coziness, and elegance. You want the client to feel good long after you are gone.
C: Pack your bag! You’re moving into a famous home. Whose is it?
NC: Ellen Generes. She has such a great eye for design and I love the mixture of new and old. I own her book and I find myself going to it for inspo, and she loves horses.
C: What’s your rule when entertaining?
NC: Make your guest feel at home. Adequate sitting and enough food and drink to go around. I don't like people having to second guess if they can eat or not. I'm all about Southern hospitality.
C: Best advice for DIYers?
NC: Consult a pro first, be sure you have all the necessary tools, and don't cut corners. Take your time, and lastly not everything in your house needs to be DIY'd. It's okay to buy a few things!
C: Best advice for those hiring a pro?
NC: Ask lots of questions. Be sure the individual is licensed, bonded, and insured, especially when it comes to plumbing and electric work. Get referrals or possible images from past work, and lastly make sure you like and trust the person you hire.
C: What is one design trend are you most excited about this season?
NC: Pop of color emerald greens, blush pink, and orange. I'm also loving the idea of no tub in the master bedroom; that's not one trend I'm willing to try in my own personal home but I have to admit the finished look does look beautiful.
C: How do you take your coffee?
NC: Hazelnut, almond milk, and lots (and I do mean lots!) of sugar :)