Enduring Interiors: Hadas Dembo’s Narrative Approach to Creating Authentic Homes | Branded Content | Design & Decor | Hudson Valley | Chronogram Magazine
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For interior designer Hadas Dembo, guiding new homeowners through their upstate design adventures has become something of a specialty. The principal of the Manhattan-based interior design firm Mise en Scène Design, Dembo has actually been a resident of Columbia County since the early 1990s. With equal fluency designing apartments in Manhattan and rambling upstate properties, Dembo has developed a flair for combining old world details with contemporary objects, creating spaces that feel both enduring and spontaneous.


By mixing genres and elements—let’s say pairing a mid-century, Brazilian rosewood credenza with a modernist abstract painting or a minimalist Cassina sofa with an ornate 19th Century French chandelier—Dembo creates artful spaces that don’t feel forced. “I never repeat myself,” she explains. “My designs respond to my clients and what’s important to them, as well as their homes.”

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Keeping a balance between the story of a house and the story of its occupants is key—a skill Dembo honed in her years in publishing as a writer and award-winning director of photography for publications such as The New York Times, “O” the Oprah Magazine, and National Geographic. “Everything has to take part in the narrative and have a true reason to be there,” she says. “When it all works well it looks so simple, but if you take one element away the omission would be felt immediately.”

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Dembo finds her creative approach is especially appealing to urbanite new homeowners who are taking on the region’s eclectic housing stock. “I don’t have any preconceived notion of what a space should look like,” she says.

Rather, she begins her designs with almost any piece and moves outward. “I start with whatever is important to my clients, whether a dining room table or a chair or a piece of art,” she says. “Then every decision builds on the choice that came before and the design evolves organically.”

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As she gets to know both her clients and their new space, Dembo tailors her work around what she discovers, but keeps the home’s original history in mind. “I’m interested in restoration more than just renovation,” she says. “It's really important to respect what attracted you to the property to begin with.”

This is one of the reasons why she focuses on utilizing reclaimed materials gleaned from her favorite upstate suppliers, including floorboards, windows, wall finishes, and furniture. “I always try to bring some character and patina back to a space so it doesn't become overly sanitized, which can feel a bit lifeless,” she says.

click to enlarge Enduring Interiors: Hadas Dembo’s Narrative Approach to Creating Authentic Homes
Images courtesy of Mise en Scène Design

In this way, Dembo’s approach to curation is able to honor both a property’s history and a client’s life journey. “It’s a way to create designs that feel enduring,” she says. “By hand-picking pieces, interiors don’t ever feel old or dated. They are homes you can live in forever.”


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