Nandina Home & Design is embedded in our community—here we discuss how designing for the client has always been its bread and butter.
A tableau in Nandina Home & Design’s new showroom space exhibiting different textures, colors and style directions
From the moment Nandina Home & Design opened its first location in Aiken, S.C., more than 15 years ago, it believed that every home should be full of real life and real style—a sanctuary where both can exist in tandem. Nandina understands that real life is hectic, overscheduled, fun and fulfilling all at the same time, and its professional interior designers strive to create beautiful rooms that welcome, nourish, inspire, express and reflect all these experiences, the homeowners’ vision and then some. Thanks to years of experience and a wealth of talent within its hardworking team, Nandina has since grown way beyond Aiken, celebrating 12 years here in Atlanta and a year in its newest location, Greenville. “It is our desire that every Nandina client experience interior design in a whole new way, and we are proud of our lifestyle-designed showrooms that are the vehicle for that experience,” says a rep for the company. At the helm in Atlanta are co-owner and principal designer John Ishmael and design director and lead designer Jessie LaFalce. Ishmael has garnered over 20 years of experience and has been in the Atlanta community for years, having received a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Tech. “Because I am an artist, color, texture, light and emotion have always fascinated me,” says Ishmael. “My inspiration and love for design have grown naturally from my love of art. Therefore, when I work with my clients, I see myself as a conduit for their creations to ensure the finished product always reflects their personality.” Recently, Nandina’s Atlanta showroom got an upgrade to better serve its clients and community. “The intention of the new showroom design was to provide aspirational room settings that inspire creativity,” says LaFalce. “Atlanta has a lot of design, a lot of competition, but also a lot of clients. Nandina rejects a branded look and designs for the client, and that is refreshing.” 6170 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, nandinahome.com
“My inspiration for any design is the environment that surrounds it and the people who will be living in it. I experience design as an energetic flow and allow each room to tell me what it needs before discussing my clients’ functional and emotional ideas, then I marry the two.”– Jessie LaFalce
One of John Ishmael’s projects