As a New York native who later moved to Toronto, where she now resides, designer Anne Hepfer has a unique experience of both nature and metropolis. She utilizes all her designs and provides her with an adaptability that gains her wide client appeal. A keen traveler, her interest in international crafts and product assemblage as well as an appreciation for the story offered by unique designs, means that her interiors are often furnished with work sourced from all over the world.
Her life in Toronto has allowed for a new relationship to nature and she brings the outdoors in as much as possible, working with the environment to inform many of her design decisions and create spaces that feel effortless and welcoming. Discover more about our LUXList Designer’s inspiration and aesthetic! See what pieces she chose from RubyLUX.com to be on her LUXList.
Anne’s LUXList Picks
Describe your design aesthetic in a few words?
I would describe my design aesthetic as fresh, sophisticated and lush with texture. I love open spaces and lots of light, with the goal to bring the outdoors inside. My work also speaks to layering in a big way. Of course, to a certain degree restraint is also important. But the layering adds so many levels of interest and a fun, whimsical element.
What do you love about using antiques in your designs?
Antiques give me the opportunity to blend a variety of design periods, countries and cultures into my projects. Traveling is my passion and through these experiences, I come across unique finds that I try to incorporate and layer into every interior space.
What inspires you?
Having lived in New York City prior to moving to Toronto, I also draw much of my inspiration from my cosmopolitan experiences combined with my enthusiasm for the natural environment. I also enjoy fusing elements from a range of periods and cultures to maintain a style that is both distinctive and timeless. For example, I spent three weeks in India studying local handicrafts – block printing, rug making and stone work – where I then began incorporating Indian textiles into my projects.
What can you never have too much of?
Flowers and plants. I love fresh flowers and I buy them for our home year-round. Of course, spring flowers are my favorite. Lily of the valley, peonies, hydrangeas, lilacs. Also, love exotic orchids. I’m always in search of cool containers, bases, and cachepots. One can never have enough!
If you could design for a fictional character who would it be and why?
Jay Gatsby. The glamor and style of The Jazz Age in Long Island… need I say more?
Anne Hepfer is a New York native who draws inspiration from her repertoire of cosmopolitan experiences and her passion for the natural environment, fusing elements from a range of periods and cultures while maintaining a style that is both distinctive and timeless. Following the completion of a graduate degree in Interior Architecture and Design from Parsons School of Design, she joined top Manhattan firm Daniel Romualdez Architects, managing projects for celebrities and high profile individuals in New York City and The Hamptons. Named as one of the Top 25 Designers by Canadian House & Home Magazine, Anne’s work has been featured in numerous publications and most recently her work has been featured on the covers of House Beautiful and House and Home Magazine. The Chanel dressing room she created for the 2009 Junior League Toronto Showhouse was viewed by thousands, helping to raise funds for a number of community causes. In 2014 and 2015, Anne was honored by the prestigious International Property Awards for “Best Interior Design Private Residence.