An exclusive interview with interior designer Desiree Busnelli


There’s never been a better time to be an interior designer. The industry has experienced a boom over the past five years. Growth was mainly driven by an upsurge in residential and commercial building construction with companies such as Gensler and Perkins + Will at the forefront of the interior design revolution. Forecasts predict that the next five years will see even bigger things for the industry. Even though commercial office space stocks such as Vornado Realty Trust (VNO), SL Green (SLG) and Boston Properties (BXP) have seen sharp declines in their stock prices this year due to the pandemic, we believe that things will return to normal after the first vaccine is approved in the United States in the coming months. Here’s Desiree Busnelli to give us the scoop and talk about her own intriguing journey to becoming one of the leading figures in interior design.

Q: Desiree, you have earned a reputation as a talented interior designer who creates innovative and aesthetically pleasing homes for a host of celebrities and public figures, but am I correct in thinking that it hasn’t all been easy to achieve that ? indicate?

A: You are absolutely right. Not many people know this, but interior design is something that I have only done professionally for the last ten years, but it is a passion of my life, and I believe my true calling in life. You could say I didn’t choose my career; he chose me.

Q: Can you clarify what you mean by “he chose me”?

A: Well, I’m the eldest of five daughters and my grandmother Kathleen Leavitt was a renowned interior designer. Ever since I was ten years old, she had shown me around the houses she had designed. The eloquence, complexity and subtle beauty of the interiors fascinated my young mind. It inspired me with an aesthetic and a desire to travel and educate myself both intellectually and culturally. I knew in my bones and in my heart that I would one day spend all my time and energy pursuing a life as an interior designer, but there were certain other things I had to go through first.

Q: Are you referring to the period during which you worked in real estate?

A: You can read me like a book (laughs). But seriously, the life lessons that my other occupations taught me helped me grow as an individual and showed me the true value of helping others. And for me, home decorating is all about helping others. Essentially, you are creating a positive space to help others lead more fulfilling, contented, and balanced lives.

Q: I know you don’t like to talk too much about your personal life, but you had to deal with several difficult circumstances along the way?

A: In 2007 I had a life-changing operation that left me in a cast for four months, but I strongly believe in embracing who you are, flaws and all. You must count your blessings because there is always someone worse off than you. I’ve always been of the opinion that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and when you go through hell, keep going, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel. I have two amazing kids, live with the love of my life, and do my dream job. How can I say that I haven’t been blessed?

Q: Speaking of kids, how do you balance the busy schedule and endless chores of being both a mom and an in-demand interior designer?

A: I’ve always been a strong advocate for homeschooling, so we’ve adapted very easily to the lockdown as a family. Many people are surprised when I tell them that I am both a stay-at-home mom and an interior designer, but for me it is essential to take time for my children and my career. I believe it’s about finding a balance, and then what seems like hard work becomes fun.

Q: You’ve had a whirlwind career so far. What were the highlights?

A: There have been many, but traveling the world and working alongside Emanuele Busnelli and his team over the past decade has been an incredible learning curve. Also, meeting Tom Ford was amazing. There’s something so special about him and how he can make you feel like the center of the universe.

Q: Finally, are you convinced that the interior design industry will get better and better?

A: Make no mistake about it; the world is not the same place it was before the COVID 19 crisis. It has had an effect on everything, but I believe the industry is in very good health. People are spending more time in their homes right now, and obviously everyone wants the places where they live, play and, in more and more cases, work to be as eye-pleasing, relaxing and aesthetically pleasing as possible. . I’m proud and more than happy to play a part in this!”


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