Designer Friday: An Aspire Exclusive Interview With Cami Weinstein

Cami Weinstein has grown her business tremendously over the last two decades by artfully crafting residential, commercial and now hospitality spaces. Her projects span from Manhattan, The Hamptons and all the way to the West Coast, allowing her to make an impression and transform homes across the nation. By combining custom furnishings, unique art and a keen sense of color, Weinstein has showcased her designs in many major publications such as Luxe Magazine, NYC&G and now aspire design and home. Introducing this week’s Designer Friday, Cami Weinstein.

Weinstein wanted this kids room to evolve as the child does. From the floral wallpaper to the youthful decor, the space will remain timeless as the child grows up.

Weinstein wanted this kids room to evolve as the child does. From the floral wallpaper to the youthful decor, the space will remain timeless as the child grows up.

Andrew Joseph: How do you maintain a work/life balance?
Cami Weinstein: I spend my free time with family and friends. It is so important to give yourself time to recharge. Our jobs are not 9 to 5, so it is essential now more than ever to incorporate other activities into your day. Eating out, going to museums, traveling, going for long walks on the beach all help me maintain my creativity and to relax.

Andrew: What modern design trend makes you cringe?
Cami: Gray is so blah. It is just there. It had a moment, but there are so many more interesting things in design to look at and talk about.

Andrew: Dream country to work in? Or dream project to take on.
Cami: My dream country to work in would be Italy or England. I love old cities and would love to work on an old villa or a London townhouse. I would really get into doing research for both before I started designs. Just looking for the right client and I am there.

Andrew: Vintage or new?
Cami: Both! I love both new and vintage and love mixing both in my designs. It is about finding the right pieces for the right places. Sometimes something new can inspire an entire room or vice versa.

Andrew: Style (or design) icon?
Cami: Iris Apfel for her ability to love everything and wear it all at the same time. And for her longevity and hitting her stride after the age of 75.

Andrew: What are three things you can’t live without?
Cami: My family
My Robert Kipness Painting
Bread

From the new mantle to the custom sofa and chairs, this living area is truly one of a kind, expressing eclectic colors and glamorous details.

From the new mantle to the custom sofa and chairs, this living area is truly one of a kind, expressing eclectic colors and glamorous details.

Andrew: What might the design world look like in 10 years?
Cami: I think the design world is going to become even more individualized with people wanting their homes to express their personal vision of how they want to love. This time at home has given people the time for reflection.

Andrew: A skill you’re working on mastering?
Cami: Furniture design has been on my radar for a while. I do a lot of custom work for clients and am continually tweaking and adjusting pieces to fit a project.

Andrew: Are there qualities in potential clients that you identify that make you know you have to run away?
Cami: Yes – client’s who say they have gone through several designers.

Andrew: What new skills have you taught yourself this quarantine?
Cami: During the pandemic, I have taught myself to knit on round needles – It had always been a mental block about knitting on round needles for me and having the time to relax and practice I realized how easy it is to knit this way! I also worked on my cooking skills and tried many new recipes.

Andrew: What did you rediscover about yourself during COVID?
Cami: I discovered that I really enjoy alone time to work on personal projects that I normally don’t get to because of work and socializing. I also enjoyed the fact that time spent alone helped prioritize the path forward and what I’d like to accomplish in terms of creative growth.

This Montauk home is the perfect balance of nautical and modern design. Adding bits and pieces of shells and other beach inspired artifacts while not making it too kitschy is hard to do, but Weinstein has made it look effortless.

This Montauk home is the perfect balance of nautical and modern design. Adding bits and pieces of shells and other beach inspired artifacts while not making it too kitschy is hard to do, but Weinstein has made it look effortless.

Andrew: Where will be the first place you will travel to after COVID-19?
Cami: After COVID, the first person I want to visit is my Dad in Florida and after making sure he is ok and spending some time with him I’d like to go on the trips that we had planned on doing prior to COVID – Portugal, Tuscany and the National Parks. We are excited for both.

Andrew: What’s one thing you hate admitting that you love about quarantine?
Cami: I hate to admit but I love using the COVID excuse for not having to go out to every event and dinner. I miss the people and the meaningful events and shows, but felt it had become too overwhelming and the FOMO factor if you didn’t. I will prioritize things going forward.

Andrew: Which room in the house do you find yourself working from the most? Why? How does this inform your thoughts about design/architecture?
Cami: Hmm – I change rooms I like to work in. That is one of the good things about being an empty nester. We have more choices and there are just the two of us. My favorite is my home office, but I do find myself moving to the Dining Room table so I can still be near my family while working.

I like the idea of flexible spaces and will be looking at how my clients are really using their homes going forward. The WFH situation as well as children learning from home needs to be taken into account for the foreseeable future. Having additional family living with you is a reality for many people, so we need to see how we can help facilitate that in a well-designed way.


About The Designer | Cami designs interiors with an eye for timeless, elegant elements that make them inviting and comfortable. Known for a keen sense of color, discerning details, and the skill to effortlessly pair custom creations with art and furnishings from different styles and periods, each environment is luxurious and livable. Cami has a BFA in Painting and Printmaking and often helps clients with their art purchases traveling the globe to secure the right piece.

Each project is a collaborative venture between person and place in order to transform the client’s vision to reality. She considers both function and environment and how that impacts design choices. Her inspiration comes from all facets of life including art, design, travel and culture and she continually seeks to explore new ideas.

Past projects include residences in Manhattan, the Hamptons, Westchester and California. Most recently, she worked on the “Pod House” by noted architect, William Krisel in Palm Springs, CA and an NYC pied e terre.


Andrew Joseph is a regular contributing editor for aspire design and home magazine. See more of his work here.

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