Tamara Stephenson Interior Design
some have referred to Tamara's style as 
"sophisticated cottage"
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 is a NYC residential interior designer, freelance writer and lifestyle expert. She has two degrees -- baccalaureate degree from Castleton State College and a certificate in interior design from Parsons School of Design.  In the days after graduating college and before attending Parsons, Tamara worked in publishing at Inc. Magazine and then in public relations for Trylon Communications in New York City, and while in design school she stylized the windows for the former Madison Avenue Flagship store windows of Dooney & Bourke.  All of these creative positions were perfectly poised Tamara for her next position working for Barbara Southerland Interior Design with offices in both Greenville, North Carolina and New York City.  Tamara learned the ins and outs of the design business at BSID, coordinating all aspects of residential projects from conception to installation.  In 1999 she began taking on her own clients.  In addition to running her design business, she now merges her former writing experiences with her design training by penning her popular lifestyle blog Nest by Tamara. She also regularly contributes editorials on assignments for websites and print publications, including penning a weekly column called East End Nest for East Hampton magazine, Dan’s Papers.  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. She has  organized many soirees for friends and charity events. Today, 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 and write about interior design, cooking, entertaining and travel.
Tamara is available for small interior design projects
or large full scale renovations.
 "A talented and educated designer should have the talent to decorate in a variety of styles from 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
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.
I created a French-inspired dining room for this annual charity event, with all donated items then sold for Housingworks charity during the event.  We 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
we 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.  We 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
we 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
we 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

Happy Nesting 
XO Tamara

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