Ornela Novello is a New York City based interior designer with residential and commercial experience. She has worked with top interior design and architecture firms in San Francisco and holds a degree in Interior Design and Interior Architecture from UC Berkeley. Over the past several years, Ornela has worked in a wide range of design projects: from high-end residential remodels to public affordable housing. She has worked with all sized budgets and partnered with multiple clients, consultants, vendors and designers. Currently, she enjoys working on both in home and online interior design projects.
From where do you draw most of your inspiration?
I draw inspiration from my surroundings. Whether I am traveling, enjoying nature, walking around my neighborhood or simply reading a book, everything can sparkle an idea. For me, it is all about keeping my eyes and mind open.
Tell us your biggest design secret:
My biggest design secret is to never take design too rigidly. By this I mean, a good designer should know all the design principles, every dimension of a space, all about materials, finishes and lighting, but he or she must always leave some space for new ideas to flourish. Design is not like other strict disciplines. In every design process there has to be a good balance between all these technical skills and new ideas provoking and playing around with these rules.
We know you love designing, but what about it do you love most?
What I love the most about design is how unexpected and unlimited it is. When you are working on a project, it always starts more or less the same way, with a design problem to solve. However, the project has an open ending: you never know how a project is going to be solved or ended. This is very exciting for me!