Designer Friday: As Aspire Exclusive Interview With Georgia Zikas

Starting her career at an AD 100 firm, Georgia Zikas learned to mix her passion with fine art and antiques to create a stand-out voice for herself in the design industry. She now has over 10 years of experience in running her own firm, and has worked on a broad range of projects. Her style is classic yet contemporary, and she is able to work with clients to really fuse their own aesthetic desires while still bringing in her own flair. Get to know Georgia Zikas as we learn more about her style and creative process for this week’s Designer Friday.

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Tradition meets modern in this light filled dining room.

Tradition meets modern in this light filled dining room.

Andrew Joseph: You’re the newest Crayola color. What color are you and why?
Georgia Zikas: Buttercup Yellow! I am an eternal optimist and yellow is a bright and cheery color that always makes me feel happy.

AJ: What is the last book you read?
GZ: I read CONSTANTLY, and often breeze through 3-4 books each month. The last one I just finished this week was “Own Your Morning” by Liz Baker Plosser, the editor of Women’s Health. She talks about resetting habits to reclaim your morning and be more ready for the day ahead. As a self-proclaimed night owl myself, a mom to two young daughters, and the Principal and Founder of a bustling design firm – my mornings have always been rushed. I found this book and its teachings particularly helpful to reset myself and have my morning better serve me before the work day starts. It takes some discipline and reprogramming, though, but I am happy to report that gone are the frantic days of the morning craze, getting the kids off to school, and prepping for my first work meeting in a hurry. I highly recommend the book! It’s great for both men and women who need that reset button. I am constantly pivoting and optimizing myself and my habits, both in my personal life and in my business, and love books that help me achieve this.

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This bright living room is the perfect place for entertaining, centered around a trellis style metal and glass coffee table. Pops of blue through the room provide a sense of cohesion with the calm, textured navy wall treatment.

This bright living room is the perfect place for entertaining, centered around a trellis style metal and glass coffee table. Pops of blue through the room provide a sense of cohesion with the calm, textured navy wall treatment.

AJ: What’s your design pet peeve?
GZ: It’s always non-industry trigger words and lingo. I cringe when people say “curtains”- I don’t know why it gets to me! I think that my professors in design school (NYSID) just drilled proper design vocabulary into my head so much, it has stuck with me. They always said “window treatments” and we’d actually get dinged on a presentation if we used regional words. Another one is “couch” – we literally would lose points on grades! The proper term is “sofa”. It may seem silly. but it drives me bonkers!

AJ: What’s something you always travel with?
GZ: Hands down a tape measure! I don’t ever leave home without one. A designer’s best friend!!

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This pretty pink children’s bedroom is fun and whimsical while still fashionable. The red and white curtains add a sophisticated touch and complement the traditional-style rug.

This pretty pink children’s bedroom is fun and whimsical while still fashionable. The red and white curtains add a sophisticated touch and complement the traditional-style rug.

AJ: How would you describe your personal style?
GZ: My personal style is very eclectic and a mashup of many historical styles and references – typically antiques mixed with modern pieces. I think that the thread that ties them together is always a classical rooted element and use of neutral colors. Most of my upholstery is quite neutral, but it’s the art and accent textiles that are changed out regularly. As a designer, I work in a variety of color palettes every day, and we design with our clients in mind always, so it’s their personal styles and preferences that are showcased in all our projects, not necessarily my own. When I come home, it’s almost the absence of color and details that makes me feel relaxed and calm. I like to keep things neutral and allow myself the space to sprinkle in detail as my mood changes.

AJ: Who do you want to write your obituary?
GZ: My kids! And my husband. It’s their opinions of me that matter the most. Theirs and only theirs! It’s hard to block out others or not be affected by what others think of you – between social media and press- but truly it takes a deliberate mindset to care most about the opinions of the people who see you and love you each day. If I need to reschedule a work appointment for a kid-related matter, I just do it. I’ll never regret being a good mom or prioritizing my family. Our clients appreciate this too – and we align ourselves with clients who feel similarly in their own lives, too.


blankAbout The Designer | Georgia Zikas studied at the New York School of Interior Design in New York, NY. She launched her design career at Architectural Digest AD100 firm, Gomez Associates in Manhattan, where she learned to mix a passion for antiques, architectural detail and fine art with a trained understanding of craftsmanship, lifestyle and composition.Now, with over a decade of design experience, and as principal of her own firm, she is supported by a team of talented design professionals. She and her team manage projects all over the Northeast and beyond. Georgia is driven by the deep-rooted relationships that she continuously develops with her loyal clients. It is those strong partnerships that keep her clients returning. Her goals are always the same: to bring our shared vision into a clients unique and beautiful reality. She believes that any space can be transformed with the right elements and style.

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