Homepolish designer Tali Roth infuses unexpected color combinations, earthy textures, and her signature geometric accents into Zoe Rotter’s New York City home.
Photos by Claire Esparros.
For designers, inspiration comes from all over—art, color, trends, a glance out the window. But when was tapped to help Zoe Rotter, a casting director for NBC’s The Blacklist, the spark to create a well-curated aesthetic for her New York City apartment didn’t take long.
“My client Zoe was my inspiration. She provided me with a couple simple images of quirky hand made furniture pieces she loved and it became very clear to me what her aesthetic was,” Tail said. “She values comfort, warmth, color, and texture. She doesn’t like minimalism design or anything too ‘trendy’. I found it really easy to step inside her head and design the space. I loved every decision we made and felt like it was a ‘model’ job in that it reflected her tastes through my eyes.”
With Zoe’s mind as a model, Tali leaned on rich hues that were, as she said, “warm at all costs.”
“I worked off the colors that I thought would make Zoe feel the most at home,” she tells us. “I think that the palette doesn’t feel overwhelming because everything was layered. For example, the sofa is a French Blue linen and the rug is a greenish-blue distressed Turkish kilim that is essentially in the same color family as the sofa.”
Tali balanced those muted yet colorful hues with rich materials that only enhanced the vibe.
“The rest of the home’s communal spaces include leather, wood and steel which all read as neutrals,” Tali said. ”We included a couple of dark pink and terracotta accents, which really tie in with the color of the leather and wood. All of these put together present a colorful, yet demure home.”
That balance seems to be a theme within the space. For Tali the layout and how each piece interacts is always on her mind.
“Geometry and balance of color and texture is what I love. With the rounded English-style sofa, I knew that I wanted to balance it with simpler more linear shapes that were not super contemporary but definitely more so than the sofa,” Tali explains.
Curated is a term that gets tossed around often, the term seems especially apt for the robust collections in this space. The entrance way lets guests know instantly they’ve arrived at the home of an art-lover.
“I think creating the gallery wall in the entrance was a great call (if I may say so myself),” Tali tells us. “Without it, the entryway would have been a little dark, dreary and narrow, but now it has some color and texture. Guests are greeted with an immediate sense of Zoe’s taste and personal history. Also, you can see the gallery wall from the dining and living rooms, which means that you can always appreciate it but it isn’t necessarily in your face.”
When it came to the bedroom, Tali decided to go bold with Farrow & Ball’s zen-yet-mysterious Green Smoke. The paint was a statement in and of itself, so Tali picked natural-toned furniture and accents to support, not overshadow, the shade.
A woven seagrass bed paired with varying shades of sleek, classic leather and polished wood pieces did the trick. With so many organic materials, Tali searched far and wide for polished, accents to up the formality.
“As a general rule, you should mix in one or two rustic pieces with character, as it will always warm up your space—but it certainly is not for every client!” Tali says. “With this project, we went for more Mid-Century Modern and Art Deco wooden furniture, as opposed to farmhouse.”
In the end, all the color and collectibles gels not just because Tali’s a great designer (we’re not the only ones that think so, check out the apartment’s tour on Elle Decor), but because it’s grounded in Zoe’s style. The design works because it’s what it’s “inspiration” truly wanted, and Tali urges her clients to follow their desires, too.
“Choose paint colors that make you feel good,” Tali advises. “Go warm if you like the warmer spaces and cool white if you like a more clinical look. Don’t listen to other people’s rules. Try and figure out what genuinely makes you feel more at home by observing your responses in other people’s homes.”