Get to know Michelle
Born in southern California and currently residing in Brooklyn, NY, Michelle Zacks describes her aesthetic as equal parts laid-back West Coast meets East Coast cool. Originally, she pursued design in the sartorial sense, earning her BFA in Fashion Design from Washington University in St. Louis. She worked in that field for ten years and even had two of her own fashion lines.
But people change, as do careers. Finding a new passion in interiors, she switched tracks and gained professional training with Rawlins Calderone and the stylist Kim Ficaro. In addition to these mentors, her greatest inspirations are Luis Barragan and Ricardo Bofill. Due to her fashion background, Zacks also likes to use a mix of textures and color alongside anything that bears the mark of the maker's hand. She is a fan of airy, open spaces with an "outdoor vibe" contrasted with eclectic and modern décor. But when all is said and done, her design (and life) mantra is "keep it fun!"
Michelle finds much of her design inspiration through her travels. Her favorite destinations include Morocco (for treasure hunting in the souks) and Bali (for soaking in the beautiful culture from a motorbike). She's also never met a beach she didn't like.
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What clients say
Michelle is a dream come true. She has exquisite taste, she's professional and reliable, and she's got a really friendly personality.
Michelle, my client service rep, and the whole team were great at executing such a large project in a short amount of time. I was very happy with the overall look and feel of the space!
Michelle is amazing. There is not one thing I could ask for that could be better. Well, I do wish I had more rooms in my home, so I could keep working with her!