Like many of us whose career paths aren’t linear, Nancy Mayerfield’s road to becoming a full time interior designer wasn’t a direct one – though the creative calling was always there. After a short stint as a paralegal, Nancy landed a junior design position with the renowned Victoria Hagan Interiors, which cemented her love for design. Fast forward after a side career in Economics, and many moves from Israel to Chicago and back to New York, she founded nm design house with partner Norah Meadows and is now designing full time!
Nancy is known for creating interiors that are fresh and inviting with a touch of the unexpected. She elegantly blends modern and traditional design elements making spaces feel both current and timeless. We were lucky enough to chat with Nancy and get the scoop on everything from who influences her work to what’s currently inspiring her in the world of design and some of her favorite go-to artists and craftsmen.
Above: Living room from Nancy’s NYC Duplex project
What does a day in the life of Nancy Mayerfield look like?
My schedule is tight. I have three kids with lots of activities. As soon as they get on the bus in the am, I am off and running – visiting job sites that are local to my house. Locations that are further from my house and shopping trips get specific days of the week. I try to limit the number of times I am running around the tri-state area in one day – sometimes that is unavoidable. Clock strikes 3:40 pm and I am home to meet the kids from school. We go to activities (baseball, lacrosse, swim, guitar, hebrew tutoring, STEAM), they help me cook dinner (I love to cook and there is little better than creating a dish that my family loves), we do homework, I manage calls/emails/communication with clients and vendors, and although electronics are around, we communicate and hang out. Dinner together at the table is a must every night – sometimes it’s a late dinner, but it is our time to connect as a whole family.
Above: Entryway and stairway from Nancy’s White Plains gut renovation project
What is your design philosophy?
Clean and simple with an element of whimsy and surprise.
Who influences your work?
Above: Study from Nancy’s White Plains gut renovation project
What are some design tips you can give our readers to help them create sanctuary in their own spaces?
Keep the space light and clean. Your space should always include a piece, a color, and an accessory that makes you smile every time you walk into the room.
What is currently inspiring you in the design world?
It’s amazing to see the artistry and attention to detail for new lighting works.
Above: Bedroom from Nancy’s NYC Duplex project
Who are some of your favorite go-to artists and craftsmen?
What is one small design change that can make a big impact?
Nothing like a fresh coat of paint to make your space feel completely fresh and different.
Above: Dining room from Nancy’s Upper East Side gut renovation project
What is your favorite thing about being an interior designer?
Walking into a space and helping to transform it into a place that is comfortable and loved – making a house a home.