Homepolish designer Ariel Okin grew up surrounding by fabrics and furniture thanks to her mother’s career as an interior design. It took Ariel some time exploring different paths before realizing interior design was her calling as well. She says, “I was working in a completely different field out of graduate school, yet I noticed I was spending more time reading shelter magazines and perusing Pinterest than anything else. I came to the realization that if I did something that I loved every single day, it wouldn’t feel like work – and I was right!”

Today she’s sharing a project she recently completed on New York City’s Upper West Side. Her client is a young art collector who focuses on work by up and coming artists, including Ian Davenport and Julie Blackmon. She says, “They wanted clean, classic and sophisticated vibe with some small pops of prints, art and interesting textures.” Plus, with a baby on the way, Ariel had to design a home that would be family friendly. One of the largest challenges, says Ariel was “finding the exact right piece of art for over the sofa took a while – and to the client’s credit, she found it on her own!”

See the home (and that art!) in the slideshow!