Design Detour: Ariel Okin


With a portfolio of tailored, elegant interiors and an editor eye for what’s next, Ariel Okin has mastered the “traditional with a twist” aesthetic beloved by design purists and grandmillennials alike. “There’s just so much design history here, and so many families with young children,” Okin says of the Greenwich/Westchester area. “The mix of the two calls for something fresh, fun and comfortable.”

Photo credit: Laurel Creative

“I love the Inn at Pound Ridge; any Jean-Georges restaurant is my favorite, and they have been doing a great job with outdoor dining. My dream dinner guests would probably include some mix of Ina Garten, Nancy Meyers and Jill Cohen—I could listen to their stories for hours!”



“Every single one of our projects features at least one item from Oomph in Greenwich, whether it's their colorful game tables or iconic Tini Tables. I love the quintessentially modern prep feel of their colorful, happy and sophisticated furniture designs. Their scalloped slipper chairs are a personal favorite!”

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I love incorporating a bit of glamour in the form of a crystal chandelier to infuse some sheen into an otherwise muted space. I used the Bonnington Flush Mount by Aerin in my room at the Holiday House - it adds an edge that elevates a space instantly. It also sparkles beautifully at night!”


“I love working with NYC Fine Finishes, a luxury painting artisan, for gorgeous five star lacquer jobs. Ciaran and Jody are local to the Greenwich area, and they do a superb job on all luxury painting—we use them in almost every project. Lacquer in particular brings a luxe feel to a space that almost no other treatment can.”


“I love Lee Jofa's Aurora in green—it's a timeless chintz by Nicky Haslam and it's a gorgeous green colorway. I used it in my own living room and it makes me so happy every time I see it.”



“The Serafina Large Drum Chandelier is a gorgeous statement piece for a dining room or primary bedroom.”


“I love the Hampton Flush Mount in white for its shape and for the texture that the white plaster lends a space. It’s a really stately piece without making a huge statement.”


“The Mollino Large Tiered Chandelier is an understated modern fixture that can transform a traditional space from stuffy to chic.”