New England Home “5 Under 40” 2017: Nina Farmer

August 28, 2017

Text by Erin Marvin


The countdown to our 2017 “5 Under 40” celebration on September 14, 2017 continues. Meet interior designer Nina Farmer.

There is a certain harmony to Nina Farmer’s interiors: a balance of modern and historic infused with a careful mix of texture and color. Look closely and you’ll see a touch of nostalgia, a bit of whimsy. Even in her poshest Beacon Hill projects, nothing feels too precious. Rooms are beautiful but welcoming spaces that perfectly suit her clients’ needs.

“I have always been drawn to beautiful aesthetic things,” says Farmer. “Not just the interior world, but art, architecture, fashion—anything that has a strong visual sense.”

Photograph by Bruce Rogovin

While she designs interiors that are sophisticated and timeless, they often have an unexpected twist: powder room walls wrapped in marbleized wallpaper; a custom mirrored mantel that hides a TV; a Sputnik chandelier hanging from a classic etched-glass ceiling; upholstered leather walls with nailhead trim. “I love to experiment with different materials you might not expect,” Farmer says.

Photograph by Eric Roth

She brings this same out-of-the-box approach to her line of custom furniture, Gallery NF. This bespoke collection of “vintage pieces with a modern touch” include a tufted sofa, a dining table of wood and metal, and upholstered chairs, all of which can be fully customized.

Always on the lookout for new ideas, Farmer often seeks inspiration from her travels. One trip to India led to custom block-printed fabrics for a Beacon Hill townhouse, another to marble-patterned floors modeled after the Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur. A recent family trip to Greece is reflected in her mythology-inspired rug for the “5 Under 40” awards celebration. “I love to have interiors that feel worldly and feel curated through travel, even if my clients aren’t the ones able to do it,” she says.

The “5 Under 40” celebration is open to the public. Join us by purchasing your tickets here.

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