“Every client has a unique background, a unique story to tell. I bring these qualities to life through the designs we create, together.”
Nikki Levy, founder of Nikki Levy Interiors, draws inspiration from the unexpected—whether a client’s sentimental heirloom, vocabulary, or how they express themselves. Nikki notices things and people. She sees the detail. She listens attentively. And then brings it all to life.
“I pay close attention to my clients – observing their choice of words, their sense of style, and the fabric of their families. I once designed an entire room around a quilt crocheted by a client’s grandmother. Although it was a ‘feel-good’ component for the client, it just didn’t flow with the rest of the home.” Nikki goes on to explain how she came up with an idea that would include the family heirloom but with just the right amount of whimsy that the room needed.
“We repurposed the crocheted quilt. We carefully took apart the squares and transformed them into individually framed, modern works of art – the juxtaposition of old and new,” says Nikki.
This kind of creative connection, combining complementing or contradicting ideas into fluid, unique and original interior design concepts is what makes Nikki’s design philosophy distinct.
She gives another example where she created a baby room from a single word she picked up from a conversation with her client.
“In thanking me for an idea, my client, a musician, told me that I ‘rocked.’ Next thing I knew, a rock ‘n’ roll, edgy vibe was born. The baby room was fun, hip and unconventional – just what they were going for,” says Nikki, whose fresh approach reflects the hallmark of her interior design style.
“I don’t adhere to a specific aesthetic genre. My specialty is connecting to my clients to uncover who they are, and what would reflect them. I listen. I observe. I create.”
In the Beginning
Such has been the case for more than a decade, evolving from an early career in advertising, transforming her passion for interior design and home décor from part-time hobby to full-time profession.
“When my former boss at an advertising agency asked me to design her house as a favor, I loved the idea! For the most part because I was tasked with the amazing job of creating a look that reflected who she was. The sky was the limit. The open-endedness of the creative process thrilled me.”
So that ‘one favor’ for Nikki’s advertising boss turned into many more for family, friends, and friends of friends, and friends of family. It was after a few delighted clients and successful interior design projects that Nikki realized she had found her calling.
Connecting with People
Today, Nikki is a Certified Interior Decorator servicing the greater South Florida area, which includes Boca Raton, Highland Beach, Delray Beach, and Boynton Beach. And she still calls upon the same artful ingenuity she mastered in the advertising world to create awe-inspiring designs for her clients.
“I connect with my clients and use my imagination to create designs that capture their essence, their allure, their being. I get tremendous satisfaction from every project.”
A South African, Nikki’s approach is as diverse as her background. “I’ve done trendy, I’ve done traditional. I’ve done shabby chic, country and transitional,” says Nikki, a wife and mother of three, who has designed everything from playrooms and media rooms, to corporate offices and everything in-between.
But from her early interior design days, right up to now, for Nikki it’s always been less about the walls and the couches and the kitchen cabinets, and more about the people destined to enjoy it. Does Nikki get excited about a new kitchen sink? Yes, of course she does, probably more than most.
“I recently told a client I wanted to make her new shower my new home. But it’s less about how I view the physical and more about what the physical reflects outwards, and ultimately the feelings it evokes.”
“Maybe I’m in the business of story-telling. Every client has a unique background, a unique story to tell. I bring these qualities to life through the designs we create, together. Whether it’s a new aquatic-style bathroom, or a floral kitchen nook, or a graffiti-d office workspace, all design elements must combine seamlessly and radiate to reflect each client’s headspace, or heartbeat.”
“For me it’s not work. It’s never work. It’s pure pleasure.”
Part of the Industry
Winner of the 2016 Houzz award (“The prestigious award highlights the top-rated home improvement professionals and the most popular home designs” – source: Houzz), Nikki has also been featured in “Simply the Best Magazine” Read Article Here as well as South Florida Luxury Living.
Nikki regularly contributes to articles and blogs on design, and has recently been invited to give a seminar on design trends by Richmond America, one of America’s largest builders at their niche luxury community, The Oaks.