Meet Rising Star Designer Vanessa Rome
Who: Manhattan-based decorator Vanessa Rome, whose earlier career in film and television production provided her with the organizational chops required by her current profession. “Working in production taught me how to stay within budget and on schedule,” she says, “as well as keep track of many moving parts.”
What: Pared-down interiors featuring streamlined furnishings and a largely neutral palette, topped off with statement-making light fixtures. “I compare lighting to a great pair of shoes,” says Rome. “Everything else can be simple.” To keep rooms “clean and uncluttered,” Rome whittles down accessories and decorative objects to a bare minimum.
When: Rome launched her eponymous company in 2013, a year after she fired the contractor constructing her family’s waterfront home in Sag Harbor—leaving her to finish the job. “It was the worst and the best thing that could have happened,” recalls the decorator, who took advantage of the opportunity to learn firsthand about the building process and how to source materials. “The experience gave me the confidence to follow my dream of starting an interior design business.”
Where: Rome is currently at work on a 12,000-square-foot new build in Southampton, which includes an airy great room that features clear quartz light fixtures and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace that divides the space into two smaller areas. Other commissions range from a three-bedroom family residence on the Upper East Side to a commercial space on Park Avenue.
Why: “My husband always says to me, ‘You’re so lucky you love what you do.’ And for the first time in my life, I really do. I hope that never changes.”
A version of this article appeared in the October 2016 issue of NYC&G (New York Cottages & Gardens) with the headline: Rising Star: Vanessa Rome.