Tamara Stephenson Interior Design
please call for a consultation at 917-328-1201
photographs by Tamara Stephenson 
and all images are Tamara's designs

Tamara's Biography
Tamara Matthews-Stephenson 
Tamara is an interior designer, freelance writer and lifestyle expert working and living in New York City.  She and her family divide their time between the bustling city and their beach cottage in the quiet hamlet of Springs in East Hampton.  The two different locations suit her personality well and have helped to fine tune her design aesthetic, which some have referred to as "sophisticated cottage.” Her interiors are a medley of modern furnishings, art and combined with antiques and vintage finds, they are well edited yet layered and reflect the client’s personality well since Tamara uses her astute observations to bring the finest combinations of wares to each project.  Because her blog allows her to travel around the world from Milan's Salone Mobile to London's Decorex on a regular basis she keeps her finger on the pulse of cutting edge design.  Additionally, her life-long passion for history, antiques and items showing a little patina equips her to bring in a lovely sense of sophistication to a client's home and combine that with her modern sensibility.  With two college degrees —a  baccalaureate degree in English from Castleton State College and a certificate in interior design from Parsons School of Design — and over twenty years experience in the design business, Tamara has honed her eclectic skills as a designer, host, writer and social media expert.   In 2008, she began merging her former writing experiences with her design training by penning her popular lifestyle blog Nest by Tamara.  In addition to running her design practice, she regularly contributes editorials on assignments for websites and print publications, including Dan’s Papers, Traditional Home, NYC&G and others.  Additionally, Tamara has become adept as the consummate hostess, throwing both small and large parties in her home, as well as for public and private events.  Her friends and readers marvel at her ability to create events with elegance yet with ease, and she is sought after to impart her wisdom and trained, cultivated eye to talk, showcase and write about interior design, cooking, entertaining and travel.  

painted and appointed an older kitchen
summer 2014 
glimpses of recent design projects:
a dining room for charity event, 
Design On A Dime in New York City.
Tamara created a French-inspired dining room for this annual charity event, with all donated items then sold for Housingworks charity during the event.  She added a fireplace mantel, painted a chandelier, wallpaper, sconces, painted floor, rug, furniture and set the table for a festive celebration.

a brand new Park Avenue apartment, 
Upper East Side,  New York City
complete overhaul from construction to completion then choosing paint schedule, creating window treatements, custom built in upholstery, breakfast nook, book cases, paint finishes, appliances, new furniture & lighting & antiques.
a historic home
Madison Avenue, 
New York City
Tamara added vibrant paint color palette, antiques, rugs & new lighting to this pre-war apartment.
a Soho Loft, 
New York City
complete construction including brand new kitchens and bathrooms.  Tamara chose all new finishes, 
 tile, appliances and furniture.  A custom made dining table and benches, new lights and rugs.

a girl's bedroom,
East End Avenue, NYC
a small project--choosing paint, lighting, rugs, wallpaper & making window treatments
a West Village loft
Barrow Street, New York City
chose the art, furniture, pillows, paint schedule, custom designed the curtains and furniture
a first apartment
Fifth Avenue, New York City
a complete soup-to-nuts renovation 
from designing a new kitchen to sourcing art, furniture and choosing finished and paint colors.

a family home
Weston, Connecticut home
curtains, rugs, paint colors and antiques.

a cedar shingle beach cottage
East Hampton, Long Island
Tamara built this house, a cedar shingle farmhouse style, and once framed out, we then chose the floors, tile, cabinetry, designed the pool, added wainscoting, created the landscaping, paint colors, stained the floors, bathrooms fixtures and decorated it with a combination of vintage pieces and modern wares, new rugs, custom farm table utilizing old barn wood, antique Italian chairs, painted cabinetry & more. 
a new home, 
Carlsbad, California
Tamara tweaked the design at this new family home, with custom designed curtains, roman shades, pillows as well as new art, accessories, lamps, bedding, rugs and paint colors