Welcome to Nest by Tamara

Welcome to Nest by Tamara
Since 2008 I've been writing Nest by Tamara, a lifestyle blog inspired by my busy life as a NYC interior designer. I muse about all that encompasses “nesting.” Stop back to discover my favorite interior design finds and tabletop and entertaining tips, while I advise you on ways to keep creativity as your secret weapon, so you can seamlessly incorporate myriad styles and wares together in your home as you juggle a full life. I hope to help you create a stylish yet well-lived in home while putting it all into perspective. Email me at TamaraStephenson1@gmail.com


Tamara Stephenson Interior Design
photographs by Tamara Stephenson 
and all images are Tamara's designs

 some have referred to Tamara's style as 
"sophisticated cottage"

Tamara's Biography
Tamara Matthews-Stephenson is a NYC residential interior designer, freelance writer and lifestyle expert. She earned a BA in English from Castleton State College in Vermont. After graduation she worked in public relations.  She landed her first job after college at Inc. Magazine where she coordinated the publicity for the launch of a new subsidiary magazine. Other public relations experience includes working for Boston-based real estate development company Peachtree Real Estate Development where she oversaw public relations and marketing.  When Tamara moved from Boston to  NYC in 1990 she went to work for pr firm Trylon Communications and worked on the the Lifetime Television account and the launch of  Courtroom Television Network.
Because she had a strong interest in design that dated back to her childhood, Tamara received an interior design certificate from Parsons School of Design in New York City. While in design school Tamara  moonlighted as a window designer each month for the elaborate Flagship store windows of Dooney & Bourke on Madison Avenue and 65th Street.  This creativity was a perfect foundation for her next position working for Barbara Southerland Interior Design with offices in Greenville, North Carolina and New York City.  Tamara learned the ins and outs of the design business for five years and coordinated on all aspects of the residential design projects from conception to installation.  In 1999 she launched her own interior design firm.
In addition to running her design business, she now merges her former writing experience with her design training by penning her popular lifestyle blog Nest by Tamara. She also writes for websites and magazines, including a weekly column called East End Nest for East Hampton magazine, Dan’s Papers. Over the years Tamara has become adept as the consummate hostess, regularly throwing both small and large soirees in her home, as well as for public and private events. She has also organized many sit down gala events for friends and charity events. Her friends marvel at her ability to create parties with elegance yet with ease, and now she is sought after to take part in events as a lifestyle expert where she imparts her wisdom and trained, cultivated eye to talk about interior design, cooking, entertaining and nesting.

Tamara is available for small interior design projects
or large full scale renovations.
 "A talented and well educated designer should be able to decorate in a variety of styles from ultra modern to traditional, depending upon what the space and client desires. The designer's job is to help the client realize their style in combination with what best suits that particular architecture and also taking into consideration the client's lifestyle. I don't have one type of aesthetic I most enjoy decorating however, my own personal style could be described as modern, sophisticated cottage with an English twist. I enjoy a home that is warm, welcoming and where nothing is too precious to touch or sit upon and enjoy. " 
Tamara Matthews-Stephenson

recent project:
 Tamara Matthews-Stephenson Interior Design
see pinned images of Tamara's  design work on Pinterest as well
summer kitchen project

 new Persian rug, custom made farm table utilizing old barn wood, antique Italian chairs
Other recent design projects:
Upper East Side:
Park Avenue, Upper East Side
examples of window treatements, banquets, paint finishes & furniture 
call for a consultation at 917-328-1201

West Village Loft, NYC
a table and bench custom designed

I chose finishes, tiles, appliances and funiture plan for renovation
we used GE Monogram appliances,
italian laminate cabinetry,
glass tile backsplashes,
custom dining table
custom wood floors,
hands free brizo faucet

 Arterior pendant lights
a recent tweaking of a little girl bedroom on East End Avenue in NYC
modern downtown loft space - a former Herring Factory in Soho

a family apartment on Fifth Avenue in NYC

a cozy connecticut home

 a pre-war rental with little light gets a shot of color

Charlotte Moss wallpaper in a tone on tone pattern
makes a small dining room feel more expansive

an East Hampton cottage
sometimes I like to use neutral colors as a base (grey on these walls) and Hinson cream and white stripe shade with splashes of color for accent --
red lantern, accessories, blue and red pillows and yellow ginger lamps

a teen bedroom using bold colors - added white and brown touches to mellow the orange.  painting both the ceiling and walls helps to create a jewel box

a nautical boys bedroom

blue and white toile

a former spindle bed reclaimed and we made it into a dining bench
I love adding wallpaper to small spaces

 vinyl backed seagrass on walls is durable --
this one in a bathroom for 10 years and still looking perfect
 monogrammed shower curtain blue with trim in wallpaper color

And, finally, some snippets of design collaborations:

 a Christmas tree I decorated for the historic museum, one of the oldest homes in NYC, the Bartow Pell Museum for their Holiday gala:

A chair I transformed for a chair charity auction to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims, IFDA Take A Seat

 My French-Inspired dining room for 
Design On A Dime showhouse for Housingworks