New York City-based Robin Baron is a celebrity interior designer, lifestyle expert and luxury home-furnishings designer, who prides herself on bringing a sense of fashion and style to all of her projects. Robin’s career began when she transformed her fashion business into a career in interior design and launched her full-service firm, Robin Baron Design Inc. Over the years, Robin’s clientele has grown to include many celebrities, including film and TV stars, as well as heads of major corporations.

Capture Robin’s groundbreaking design sense with her personally selected pieces from Sotheby’s Home.

How did you discover your passion for design?
Design has always been my passion! I’ve known since I was nine years old that I wanted to be a designer. Having studied both fashion and interior design, I started my career as a fashion designer. I loved it, but within a few years, my love of interiors took over, and I started my interior design firm, Robin Baron Design.

What is your favorite decorative object at home?
I love mixing it up! In my own home, I gravitate to a mix of glam juxtaposed with a tribal twist. One of my great finds is a pair of large, 6-feet-tall Balinese masks that are hanging on my living room walls.

Photo by Phillip Ennis

Is design an art or a science?
Design is an art… The business of design is a science.

Do you have any go-to color or pattern combinations?
My favorite color combinations are the mixing of a neutral palette of taupes/grays/whites… with a strong, bright color, like fuchsia, orange or yellow. I also like the combination of fuchsia and orange together on their own. For patterns, it’s all about scale. A large pattern next to a smaller design can keep things interesting.

When do you consider a completed project a success?
That’s easy! Success is when the client is happy and we want to photograph it!

Photo by Rob Karosis

Share your biggest design secret.
My secret as a designer is listening…and trusting my instincts. That, and Benjamin Moore’s London Fog paint color. It’s the perfect color and goes with everything!

What is the most common design mistake you see?
One of my pet peeves is seeing area rugs that are too small for a room. Small rugs can look like “postage stamps” and restrict your eye from moving through a space graciously. Rugs should be as large as possible to make a space feel bigger and more luxurious.

How do you balance style, comfort and functionality?
It’s functionality first. Without an intuitive design that makes daily living easier and more comfortable, beauty doesn’t matter. That said, once the functionality is addressed, it’s all about style!

Is there a specific item you typically use as a starting point? (ex: rug, artwork, statement piece, furniture)
I always say, “You never know where you’re going to find inspiration, so always have an open eye and an open mind.” Initially, I can start with area rugs, but since each project is unique, nothing is set in stone. Every client is different with their own needs and lifestyle, so I’m always open to where inspiration comes from.

What do you think about Sotheby’s Home?
I expect a lot from anything with the Sotheby’s name attached, and Sotheby’s Home lives up to its reputation!

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