Photographs by John Shyloski
Above: A modern geometric console, textured table lamp and abstract art tie together a client’s finds from global travel.
Yasmin Thornton and Trisha Kasmin crossed paths several times in life before formally meeting on the job at HB Home. After working from the ground up, they both wanted to do more; specifically, they wanted interior design to work for their peers (i.e., good design without breaking the budget). So, last spring, interior design degrees in hand, they launched KISMET INTERIORS, a digital interior design concierge service.
After hiring Kismet, the client has a meeting and virtual walkthrough of the space via Face Time, Skype or similar online program. Kismet then assesses the project and creates options for the furniture layout. The interactive, password-protected dashboard of the project is updated in real time for instant collaboration from phone, computer or tablet.
“Many clients were shopping online independently, which affected the cohesive vision we spent a ton of time creating. All of a sudden the room would become disjointed by a random lamp they had ordered,” says Thornton. “It became clear that clients wanted help from a designer and to keep the freedom to shop online on their own time.” The duo didn’t resist the trend. “All we really wanted was to create beautiful rooms and to make people happy. If it meant changing the way we were used to doing things, then that was just fine.” Each project includes a list of furniture, décor, lighting and textiles that the client can purchase when they’re ready.
While based in Fairfield County and L.A., Kismet accommodates clients virtually anywhere. They’ve already completed a modern industrial office makeover in SoNo; a bedroom oasis in New York City; and a whole-home design and furniture layout in Fairfield, among other projects.
“One of my favorite things about interior design is the uniqueness of each project. We designed a modern industrial office, an eclectic city apartment and a French Provincial–style home all within a few months of one another,” says Thornton. “How fun is it to be able to explore such different areas of design?”
GIVE TO GET
The à la carte design process allows clients to pick and choose multiple rooms or just one at a time. A typical room design runs $500; it includes access to the dashboard, virtual meetings, furniture layout and purchase list. Kismet can work in a client’s existing pieces and art, too, while tapping into their national network of artisan craftsmen for refinishing or reupholstery work. More at kismetinteriorsstudio.com.
KISMET’S PICKS AND FAVORITES
Sneaky Storage Solution
Rose and Oud candles and artwork
Beautiful, messy peonies, in any color
Color for Spring
Still obsessed with blush
Pinterest! I can’t remember what life was like before it.
The Beehive—cutest accessory and gift store
Definitely candles. I love LAFCO and Capri Blue.