Shoutout Miami, July 2022
Meet Nikki Levy | Interior Designer
We had the good fortune of connecting with Nikki Levy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nikki, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My business just began organically. From a little girl I quite literally thought about the business I would own every day. I would build it up in my mind and it was wonderful. As I got older, my imagination still was taking me on that journey and one day, somehow those dreams became a reality. It was all baby steps, evolving into my business I have today. It’s as important to me that I have a business as it is for me to have a family. The combination of those two things make me feel fulfilled and happy and I have a wonderful sense of purpose.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I was not cut out for school. I was that kid who was sitting in the back row and drawing pictures, or reading a book on my lap, hiding it from my teachers. I lived in my head. I would daydream incessantly about fashion, homes, businesses and what my life would be. My days were spent rearranging my bedroom and my moms house. I would close my eyes and construct walls and doors and decorate these spaces.
As I grew up, my design dream became a reality. I found my aesthetic was different and unique and people responded to it. I would continually be asked by friends to help with this or that. Eventually the friends turned to clients and the “this process that” turned to full homes.
There is no difference between my childhood design aesthetic and current. Of course it’s refined, but hopefully my joy is still evident in the homes I do. I still design with abandon and with intent. This is not a paradox, but rather a wonderful juxtaposition of how I land on the designs I do.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am in love with all South Florida. Between Coral Gables restaurants, The Miami Design District and Wynwood Walls, all the way up to the most elegant Bal Hobour and Palm Beach. There is so much to do, see, eat, play, and enjoy. Strolling through the streets of each one of these areas is both interesting and fun. The Miami Science Museum is just marvelous, while the design district is packed full of gorgeous clothing and furniture stores.
It’s incredibly fun to visit the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, with the largest swimming pool I have ever seen, and the old world elegance at every turn.
People watching at the Bal Harbor Mall is like being at the front row of fashion week, where men and women show up in their finest.
Morikami Gardens in Boca Raton is so beautiful for a stroll and meditation.
The Comedy Club in Palm Beach is always so fun and has wonderful comedians from around the country doing their very best Standup.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family is so supportive and wonderful. They are my sounding board, advise givers, caretakers, and cheerleaders. Without them there would be no me.
My friends are always there, right behind everything I do and I appreciate that they put very little pressure on me, but are always there when I call.