Noz Nozawa on Creating a Home You Love

This week’s DMTV Milkshake guest is an interior designer Noz Nozawa, Founder of San Francisco’s Nut design. Noz shares her design basics – and how she’s learned to trust her instincts as she creates her signature dramatic, personal spaces. “I always say that if you love something, that’s the end of the road for me,” she says from her home in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco. “I believe your home should be filled with things you love, even if they don’t make sense to others – or even if they are things that may not go with everything you put together. If you love it, that’s important. “‘

That perspective plays into the pandemic-era housing trend, which she hopes will persist: while in her opinion the most tricked home office might just be a temporary necessity, she hopes a renewed sense of personal investment in our homes will be do will linger. “I think being at home as often as we had to be in winter really awakened – or reawakened, our love and appreciation for our surroundings, these shelters that protect us,” she says. “That might mean it’s silly when you have to spend $ 50, but you will pick the mug you super love, or you buy a plant that is just for you and you go home enough to take care of it. ”On a larger scale, she says, this perspective could apply to renovations designed to increase the owner’s enjoyment of the space rather than the resale value of the home. “It’s much less about making decisions that limit your joy and happiness just to think about reselling,” she says. “That’s what I really hope it will stay.”

In this milkshake, Noz shares the most valuable lessons from her art history studies, her favorite color combinations and why she likes to work dark hues into a room – a perspective in practice in her own living room, seen here.

“I think strange things go well together,” she says. “I love to combine warm tones with cool tones and then make sure you have a black point in your design. In photography, “black point” means the darkest image in your picture. In the context of indoors, I find it really important that a room is grounded with something in the room that’s pretty dark – something that allows your eye to relax and understand, ‘Well, if that’s dark, then everything other color in the room refers to this form of darkness. ‘”Tune in to take a look.

Diana Ostrom, who has written for Wallpaper, Interior Design, ID, The Wall Street Journal, and other media outlets, is also the author of Faraway Places, a newsletter about travel.

Milkshake, the first regular series from DMTV (Design Milk TV), shakes up the traditional interview format by asking designers, creatives, educators and industry experts to randomly select interview questions from their favorite bowl or container. In their open discussions, you will not only get an insight into their personal housewares collections, but also valuable insights into their work, their lives and their passions.

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