Anat Schorii takes great pride in one specific project – the interior design of her own family’s apartment in Netanya. The decor she created for her own home is an elegant combination of functionality and aesthetics. It is uplifting and inspiring, original and unique.
“I aimed for practicality, an interior design which will serve my family’s needs, while still feeling warm and homey”, she says. “We dedicated most of the budget and effort to the kitchen. My life partner and I both enjoy cooking, so I wanted my kitchen to be spacious, with comfortable work areas.”
“The original schematics included a niche for the dining table. I discarded that niche and leveled the wall. That created a bigger kitchen with wider work areas. I believe in the importance of the small details, so I included a cabinet in which we store cooking appliances and gadgets. Everything there is very accessible. Whenever we need something we quickly find it, plug it in and start working. I also included a drawer which we use for storing scissors, sticky notes, and other things that usually just lay around. The purpose of the kitchen’s design is to make cooking and cleaning easy.”
“The dining table is made from natural wood. It is beautiful and practical, and we use it daily. When we entertain guests and need more seats, we use a concealed 3-meters long table which is stored in a niche. Extra chairs and table extensions are stored in a special cabinet I planned. This way we easily host many guests, yet the chairs and table don’t take any space on regular days.”
“For better lighting, I lowered the ceiling in the living room and kitchen. In the kitchen, I included a lighting canal which simulates daylight, as well as perimeter lighting for better illumination of work areas. In the living room, I added lighting spots for better lighting of the dining area. A specific spot sheds light on a favorite art piece – Roxanna the Giraffe. When I planned the lighting I had to consider the natural light from the windows, especially in choosing the right shading of the walls.”
“I was able to make the master bedroom larger and more spacious by placing the closet in the adjacent hall. I was able to make the parents’ shower room slightly bigger as well and included a luxurious shower stall. We love how the apartment’s interior design turned out. The only problem is that whenever we go to a hotel we’re a bit disappointed because our home is so much nicer!”
How do you plan a project for a client?
“My interior design projects are varied. It can be a brand new apartment, a renovated private house, and more. When it’s a new apartment I get the schematics from the contractor and study it. I meet with the clients, get to know them and understand their vision for a dream house. Next, I work the schematics to include changes I believe are required: wall positions, electricity and plumbing infrastructure, ventilation, sprinklers, ceiling height, etc. In renovation projects, my changes might include areas or walls which should be removed. If necessary I consult with the contractor.”
“I prefer meeting new clients in their homes. This way I can understand what their style is. Sometimes I show them inspiring photographs so I can understand what they like. I need to create an interior design they will relate to from bottom to top – floor panels, kitchen decor, furniture, window curtains, and more. I always listen to my clients, and make them an active part in the creation of their home.”
“Many of my clients are English speakers who live in Israel. Others own properties which they rent or use for vacations. If the owner isn’t here I work independently. When they eventually come, their decorated home will be ready.”
What is your favorite architectural style?
“I love all styles! The most important style I care about is the client’s. This is why each of my projects is so different – I design with the client’s preferences in mind. However, I need to create a warm, homey, and welcoming atmosphere. With each project I reinvent myself, and this is one more reason why my job is so interesting. I seek harmony between every element, material, color, and texture I use. My goal is that the people who visit will say “WOW!” because the design is so pleasant and down to earth. When this happens, I know I succeeded in creating an interior design that is calm and relaxing, but not dull.”
Anat Schorii Interior Design and Decor
Studio Address: Shmurat Nahal Banias 3, Netanya