Tamara Stephenson Interior Design; root cellar designs, LLC

Tamara Stephenson Interior Design; root cellar designs, LLC
reach out to our team for an interior design consultation or to see our collection of wallpaper and fabric sold to the designer trade, rootcellardesigns@gmail.com


visit Tamara's interior design website & portfolio
Tamara Matthews-Stephenson
is an interior designer, 
freelance writer & product designer
In 2014 Tamara was named #1 Design Blog 
in Modenus' Top 100 Design Blogs
named Nest by Tamara top interior design influencer

about Tamara 
Tamara is a residential interior designer, freelance writer and product designer (co-owner and designer of home fabric collection Root Cellar Designs) 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.  

Interior Design & Writing  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 working as an interior designer, Tamara has honed her eclectic skills as a designer, 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.  This year Nest by Tamara blog received over 750,000 reads, and with this popularity Tamara is often sought after to speak at symposiums, host events and invited on sponsored trips traveling around the world from Paris' Maison Objet to Milan's Salone Mobile and London's Decorex in order to write about cutting edge products and design, travel, entertaining and hosting.  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.  The blog audience grew steadily and organically over the past 8 years, but much of the popularity can be credited to Tamara’s innate ability to utilize social media across a variety of mediums in an authentic and personal manner that is also professional.   

Home Textile Designer, rootcellardesigns:
In 2015, Tamara and her long-time friend fashion designer Susan Young began collaborating on collections of textiles for the home.  They have now designed over four full collections, their fabrics are sold in showrooms around the country to the design trade, and they also make and sell collections of table linens and pillows.  Root Cellar Designs are made in America and the patterns are all created by the duo, inspired by the history of decorative arts, nature, fashion and every day items.  

Tamara is a board member of non profit organization IFDA (International Furnishings Design Association) New York Chapter and is acting VP of Communications.  She brought the non-profit organization onto social media, writes their blog and created and manages their social media platforms.   Tamara was the former board member of The Flawless Foundation in New York City.  She chaired their annual fundraiser in 2102, planned the details from creating the dinner's flower arrangements to decorating the room and tables for a 150-person sit down dinner at the historic Burden Mansion in New York City.  She started the organization on social media in their early days

Tamara is involved in myriad fundraisers and interior design industry charity events where she utilizes her creativity to showcase designs for a variety of causes.  This past year she co-chaired the IFDA NY Chapter's annual Take A Seat chair charity auction in Soho, raising significant funds for the charity of choice, Habitat For Humanity NYC.  In October, Tamara was invited to stylize a kitchen for Traditional Home magazine's annual Art of the Table in the Bilotta showroom and she partnered with Lenox, and in April she created a French sea-side dining room for charity event Design On A Dime with Housingworks.  This upcoming April, she will be decorating a table for Lenox Hill Neighborhood House spring gala at Cipriani restaurant.

recent press Tamara received...
Tamara's  work featured in Elle Decor magazine 
 featured by Viyet website and blog
Larger Than Light magazine 

featured in the Decorating Diva blog
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