Faces of AWNY: Tali Roth

Tali Roth moved to NYC with her husband in October 2013 as newlyweds from Melbourne, Australia. Tali is a freelance interior designer and speaks to us about the difference in design aesthetics between Australia and America, having a baby in New York, and how she started working in interior design.


Tell us an ‘only in New York’ moment:

Hmmm…I think it was our second week of living here and we were about to sign the lease for a West Village apartment and this guy in his ground floor apartment saw us sitting on the front stoop through his window. He opened it up and asked us why we were hanging around the building and then invited us in. Together we drank wine and danced to Rhianna. He became a close friend and turns out he was a well known photographer who lived in the factory with Warhol.

Where do you live and why did you choose that area?

We just moved to Chelsea! When we first arrived, we lived in the West Village and loved it. I fell pregnant after a year of living here and towards the end of the pregnancy I wanted to move uptown to be closer to Central Park. Although we loved our time there my husband and I craved downtown a lot and so we eventually settled on Chelsea as its close to my son’s preschool and the space we found was better than the West Village. So far, we are loving it.
What do you like/dislike about living in NY?
I love the people – that everyone is encouraging and that there is so much room for you to be yourself. I hate how focused on careers it is, but I also love how focused on careers it is. I hate the bitter winters. I love, love, love the summers. I also love the energy, accessibility and that nothing is too far away.


Any advice for people moving to NY?
Be open, non-judgmental and be active. Nothing will come to you if you aren’t engaging with people. It is very expensive though, so save up!


Tell us about your day job: 
I am an interior designer. I am a curator of objects, furniture, lighting, finishes, soft furniture and more. I bring it all together to create a strong mood and atmosphere for your home. I work mainly in the residential realm but do a few commercial projects here and there. I am obsessed with what I do and I love my clients. I didn’t work in interiors in Australia so I can’t really compare the two. I feel like there is many more affordable decorating options here and obviously a larger marketplace which makes it really easy for me to design for very different types of aesthetics and budgets. Also aesthetically speaking Melbourne is SO different to New York. I was completely shocked and confused by the style here when I first arrived. New York is more moody, industrial, luxe and distressed whereas Melbourne interiors focus more on light, minimalism and contemporary design. I try and mesh my Australian roots with my new found appreciation of the New York aesthetic to find a balance.


How did you get into your job in NYC?
I am part of an agency called Homepolish. They represent me and I also do some private work. I was following the company in Australia and then when I arrived I emailed them, got myself an interview and was accepted into the agency. I love working with them and feel very proud of what they have achieved over the past few years.

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Décor Aid’s Top 5 Design Rules for Small Space Living

At the American Australian Association’s recent event “Living Large in Your Small NY Space,” new interior design firm Décor Aid joined forces with Australian-American interior designer Barbara Gates from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams to share their design tips on making the most out of living in a small New York apartment. It was a fabulous night of networking, socialising and excellent design tips and tricks to top it all off. 

In case you missed it, here are Lauren’s Top 5 Design Rules for Small Space Living – originally published on Decor Aid’s Blog.

Whether you’re just arriving or have been here all along, living in the big city is smaller than one might think. As we’ve written before, process and design need to work together for a harmonious space. To really live large in one of the boroughs, your space should be an intersection of vignettes and functionality. Below are five categories to consider when designing for an area with sizable constraints.


Manipulate rugs to create conversation spaces and use objects to separate areas. Define conversations areas based on your traffic patterns.

Interior design by Jamie Meares.  Shot for High Gloss Magazine

DÉCOR AID’S TOP 5 FIVE DESIGN RULES FOR SMALL SPACE LIVING / Get started on liberating your interior design at Decoraid (decoraid.com).

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AAA Event: LIVING LARGE in your small new york space

New interior design firm Décor Aid is joining forces with Australian-American interior designer Barbara Gates to share their design tips on making the most out of living in a small New York apartment.

Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres and networking in the unique design space of the Décor Aid studio.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

6.30 – 9pm

At Décor Aid: 594 Broadway, Suite 907, New York

AAA Members $15 | Non-Members $20

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