Designer Spotlight – Olinova Design

I was born in Ukraine and moved to the United States with my mom when I was 13 years old. I have been fascinated by interior design ever since I can remember. After graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Interior Design from the University of Montevallo, I focused the beginning of my career managing concept development and design of high-end restaurants and coffee shops including The Wine Loft, Le Crepe Nanou, Huey’s Diner, Press-It Bistro, Rasputin Vodka Bar, and Brew Public. I started Olinova Design in 2009 and focused mainly on high-end custom residential designs. Currently, I work with clients on new construction, remodel projects, and model homes.

 

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Go to color for painting a kitchen? 
If we are talking about cabinets, I love the combination of some cabinets being a natural blonde stain with other cabinets being a soft paint color like Sherwin Williams 9130 Evergreen Fog. However, white cabinets are always a classic. 
Favorite part about interior designing? 
Meeting new people and creating a home around their daily needs and wants that will be timeless for many years to come. I love that my clients let me be creative with their designs. I thoroughly enjoy discovering new materials and showing them to my clients, it's like a candy stone.
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How would you describe your style? 
People say I have a specific style, not sure if I am the best person to describe it, but I would say overall it is elegant and simple, with a touch of organic elements. I enjoy new trends, but like to intertwine trendy looks with classic elements to create a timeless look. 

 

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Favorite trend(s) of the year? 
Right now I am loving all the mid-century modern looks in tile, finishes, furniture and lighting, I would say this has been my most favorite design style. The brass plumbing fixtures, vintage mid-century lighting, Zellige tile and variety of wallpaper designs are my most favorite elements at the moment for this trend.

 

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What inspires you at the moment? 
Discovery of new looks, new materials, new designs. So you can say the surprise element of discovering something new every time I design.
What kind of work do you usually prefer? 
I enjoy selecting finishes for my clients such as flooring, shower tile, countertops, lighting, plumbing, cabinets, and paint colors. I also enjoy designing model homes and selecting finishes along with furniture.

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What do you consider before designing? 
I like to learn what my clients' daily lives are like and how they need their new home to function for them. Then I learn from them what their overall style is and what their budget is. Budget is probably the most important part as I can design a beautiful home on any budget, but it is best to know the budget from the beginning of the design process.
 
Visit Anya's website at: www.olinovadesign.com or follow along on Instagram at @olinovadesign

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