Designer Friday: An Aspire Exclusive Interview With Stacey Herman

Founded in 2020 by interior designer, Stacey Herman, Stripe Street Studio takes a unique approach to the design world. Stripe Street Studio was created to accommodate single men and divorced dads and specializes in creating functional, transitional environments that are comfortable for them and their children. With the help of a nationwide team, Herman has been able to change so many families’ lives by introducing them into sophisticated, organized, and creative spaces. Stripe Street Studio has been featured in many major publications such as Esquire, Business of Home, and now aspire design and home. Introducing this week’s Designer Friday, Stacey Herman.

Andrew Joseph: If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Stacey Herman: If I could have one superpower, I would choose teleportation. The ability to instantaneously move from one place to another would be incredible for many reasons. For design purposes, teleportation would allow me to travel worldwide and source the most unique objects and artists for my clients. It would also allow me to experience different cultures and styles to assimilate into current projects. For personal reasons, I would choose teleportation as my superpower to see all my friends and family. Although I am grateful for the time spent at home with my immediate family, the year 2020 granted us all; I miss spending time with my loved ones who live far. I would love to pop over to one city for lunch, snap my fingers to be across the country for an afternoon with a friend, and then be back home for dinner.

Andrew: Describe your design style in 3 words
Stacey: Three words that describe my design style are functional, comfortable, and creative. I create functional living spaces for the people who inhabit the space. All pieces are unique to my clients and must compliment their lifestyle.

For example, I chose a “spill-proof couch” for a client with three boys. Any spill can easily wipe off the couch’s fabric, so there is no crying over spilled milk or a ruined couch. I also love pieces of furniture that have a dual purpose. I recently chose two coffee tables from an inexpensive home decor store for another client that open up to store blankets, toys, etc. Good looking, affordable and functional.

Secondly, who does not want to be comfortable? To me, the essential items that need to be comfortable in any home are the beds. There is nothing better than getting in a comforting bed at the end of a long day and a goodnight’s sleep to prepare one for the following day.

I aim for my spaces to be inspiring and encompass an element of connection with the homeowner’s personality. A house becomes a home when we feel connected with the space and everything within it.

Andrew: Weirdest thing a client ever asked you?
Stacey: I do not believe there is ever a bad or weird question as they all help with the communication process. However, the funniest question came from a client who became a dear friend. He asked if he should share the bedroom with his kids in his one-bedroom Manhattan apartment. Instead, we created a proper “Master Bedroom” for him and used Murphy bunk beds for the kids in the living room when they spent the night at Dad’s. This way, he was able to live as an adult and function as the professional he is.

Andrew: What is your design pet peeve?
Stacey: My design pet peeve is when drapery or area rugs are not the correct size. I stayed at a hotel a couple of years ago, and the first thing I noticed when walking into the lobby was the drapery that was about seven inches too short. This important detail threw off the entire aura of the lobby. It’s comparable to wearing clothing that is too short or small; it just does not look right! And when it doesn’t look right, it doesn’t feel right.

Andrew: Define beauty.
Stacey: Although it might sound cliche, I believe the definition of beauty is how something or someone makes you feel. If someone makes you laugh, they become more beautiful to us. If someone is grumpy and unkind, they become less attractive. It is the same way with design. If a pillow is itchy, it can be annoying. If a chair is uncomfortable, it can strain your back and make you feel grumpy and not be the best company. In my opinion, there is no one universal definition of beauty because everyone’s perspectives and opinions are different. What or who you consider beautiful may not be perceived the same as someone else. Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder.

About The Designer | Stripe Street Studio was founded by Stacey Herman in 2020 as the first of its kind design studio that specializes in interior design, home set-up and organization for divorced dads. With a fresh start at the forefront, Stripe Street places value, functionality, and creativity at the core of everything we do, satisfying the need of time and taking care of logistics with an eye on design. Our mission is setting up seamless transitions for dad’s and their children into new spaces that provide continuity of current routines and traditions. Navigating a new lifestyle is challenging enough on its own. Our team at Stripe Street makes sure that adjusting to time spent at dad’s new digs feels settled and warm while focusing on relationships and time together. Between choosing paint colors, furniture and even the tableware, Stripe Street’s reason for being is to make a new house a complete home from the start. Stripe Street is always in pursuit of life’s forward motion, helping to make new memories happen a little easier while on the ride.

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

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