I’m Ariella Duker, a former fashion stylist, and Sotheby’s-trained art historian-turned-interior designer.
I specialize in designing spaces to you — who you are, how you live, what you love. Prior to setting off on my own with Ariella Duker Interiors, I co-founded A-List Interiors, a boutique interior design firm celebrated for its livable luxury interiors and concierge-level service. During my time as a partner there, I received an IFDA Rising Star award, was recognized as a New York Cottages & Gardens Rising Star, and was featured on Luxe Magazine’s Gold List. I’ve worked on projects uptown and downtown, urban and suburban alike. I’m as comfortable designing Tribeca lofts and Brooklyn Heights townhouses as I am Fifth Avenue gut renovations and upstate weekend homes.
My elegant design sensibility borrows from expertise in the “finer things” that I’ve cultivated through my formal education and professional training. I’m a graduate of the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, where I earned a Certificate in American Art and Antiques. I completed a B.A. in Art History at Binghamton University and followed that up with additional coursework in Fashion Styling, Fabric Styling, and Home Fashion at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. I also have a special interest in wine and earned certificates from the American Sommelier Association, the Sommelier Society of America, and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.
My path to interior design has its roots in fashion styling, where I started my career. As my client relationships deepened, they organically led to my taking on projects to help style my clients’ homes. I soon realized my passion for interiors and the decorative arts was stronger than my love of fashion, as I felt so rewarded after experiencing the challenges and creativity that interior design demanded. With interior design, I had found my calling.
I draw inspiration from unexpected sources and nothing about my work is formulaic. I love combining old with new, adding an edge to something traditional, and repurposing antiques and heirlooms in a modern space. I am devoted to the details and am meticulous with layering various elements to create a space that feels like it evolved naturally over time rather than being conjured de novo overnight.
As far as my aesthetic goes, I’m fluent in both classic and contemporary, high culture and pop culture, vintage and modern — and my signature style often balances elements of multiple such influences seamlessly and tastefully. My art history background has etched a deep respect for classic design principles like balance and symmetry — and I believe that referencing pieces from the past helps maintain an element of timelessness even when designing modern spaces. The spaces I design are decidedly functional, though I still like to leave a *little* room for something frivolous to create interest... spark a smile… and surprise and delight those who encounter it. (You can read more about the various design approaches I like to take in the Portfolio section.)