Best of BuckHaven Winner!

BuckHaven-Lifestyle-Magazine-2017-Winner-Interior-Designer-AtlantaWe’re thrilled to announce that our Atlanta store won the 2017 Best of BuckHaven for “Best Interior Designer” from BuckHaven Lifestyle Magazine!

Thank you to Buckhaven Lifestyle Magazine readers for nominating us and voting us the #1 Interior Designers in the Buckhead/Brookhaven area! Read about all the BuckHaven winners here.

We look forward to working with many new clients in the upcoming months and carrying out our company mission of celebrating “Real Life, Real Style”.

This award would not have been possible without the amazing work of our talented Atlanta design team, including Lead Designers John Ishmael and Jessie LaFalce, and Junior Designer Kate Donnelly. If you don’t know about John, Jessie & Kate yet, you should! Read below for a bit more information, and feel free to stop by our Atlanta showroom if you’re interesting in working together on a future design project.


john-ishmael-nandina-Atlanta-interior-designerJohn Ishmael— our Atlanta Co-Owner and Lead Designer.

 “Because I am an artist, color, texture, light, and emotion have always fascinated me.  These are all characteristics of great interior design.  My inspiration and love for design has grown naturally from my love of art. Therefore, when I work with my clients I see myself as a conduit for their creations. The finished product for my clients should always reflect their personality and not mine.”

John joined the Nandina Atlanta team as an owner and lead designer with over 20 years of experience in the field of interior design.  John holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  He is known for his creative use of textiles in his designs. Prior to Nandina, John owned and managed a successful custom workroom where he specialized in draperies, slipcovers, and custom furniture.  His love of fabrics and his fascination with creating new spaces segued seamlessly into his successful career as a designer.   He is also passionate about art and enjoys a successful second career as an artist.  His powerful abstracts are often the jumping off point for some of his most memorable interior design projects.  He and his partner Troy have recently renovated a downtown store front that had been a gallery into a private home for themselves and their three dogs. The best feature of the new home is a large living area with expansive wall space full of their art and photography – a nod to it’s previous history as a gallery.  Frequently, they open their home for the once-a-month downtown art stroll called “First Thursday”.

Jessie LaFalce— our Atlanta Design Director and Lead Designer.Jessie-LaFalce-Atlanta-interior-designer

“My inspiration for any design is the environment that surrounds it and the people that will be living in it. I experience design as an energetic flow, and I allow each room to tell me what it needs before discussing my clients’ functional and emotional needs for their space. Then I marry the two. What I bring to the table is a complete understanding of the principles and nuances of design, which enables me to translate these emotional & energetic needs into tangible form.”

Jessie is our Design Director and Lead Designer in Atlanta. Working within all aspects of the design industry for the last 25 years, Jessie has gained an unmeasurable amount of experience — from working with Italian design factories to teaching at the Art Institute of Atlanta. She even opened her own design school, Vanguard School of Interior Design, which has produced highly skilled interior designers. Having travelled around the world, Jessie loves researching societal trends and the evolution of design across different countries. When Jessie isn’t working she loves spending time in her home office, where she can paint, research design trends, and dream about making her Pinterest & vision boards become a reality. Her work has been featured in many publications including “The Today Show” and “Martha Stewart Living”.

Kate-Donnelly-Atlanta-interior-designerKate Donnelly— our Atlanta Junior Designer.

“Watching a design go from a concept to an actual, livable space is such an incredible feeling! I’m constantly inspired by my surroundings. Color, texture, plants and travel all play a large role in developing my design aesthetic.”

Kate graduated from UGA with an Interior Design degree, and is originally from Radford, VA. She is now a Junior Designer with our Atlanta team and has helped design a beautiful space for a family in need with Dwell with Dignity. Meeting Jonathan Adler, who turned out to be hysterical in person, was one of the highlights of her professional career! Kate spends a lot of time outdoors hiking, biking, camping and enjoying the expansive Atlanta music scene. Her love of travel not only encourages her but brings inspiration and creativity to her designs. Some of her favorite experiences have been bathing elephants in Thailand, swimming in the Blue Grotto of Capri, and skydiving in Australia. Kate loves elephants and has collected elephant trinkets and printed fabrics during her travels. She’s excited for future trips to foreign places, and the inspiration that accompanies them.

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