Luxury interior designer Yael Siso was no stranger when it came to constant travel for work. From Paris, Belgium and Tel Aviv, the designer was initially worried how she would continue working on her projects when lockdown hit both in Israel and Europe. Originally from Belgium, that also meant it was more difficult to have the opportunity to visit family whilst residing in Tel Aviv with her husband and one-year-old daughter. Yael took on the challenge by altering her working habits, getting familiar with Zoom calls to replace her face-to-face meetings, and changing her interiors to make her home more cosy and fresh. We caught up with the designer on how work life currently looks like, how she likes to spend her spare time, and what she is most excited about post lockdown.
Where is home for you?
I usually spend my time between Belgium and Tel Aviv where I have family on both sides. Since travelling is a bit complicated at the moment, I’ve been spending lots of time with my husband and my one-year-old daughter and enjoying every minute of it.
What does your daily routine look like?
I wake up, hop straight into the shower and get ready to go to the office. Once I get to the office, I have my coffee whilst going through emails and then start my day with meetings – either on-site with clients, or at shops. Later in the afternoon I go back home and spend quality time with my daughter before I put her to sleep. After that I take some time for myself and go to the gym or a yoga class. I try to end the day with final emails before I have dinner with my husband.
What’s the style of your home interiors?
I’m a lover of natural light and will always find a way to maximise it in a space. I keep thing flowy, comfortable and balanced. I always use natural materials to keep it warm and add a touch of colour and texture with furniture and accessories.
Where’s your favourite room/spot in your home and why?
Definitely my living room – it’s in the centre of the house where I can keep an eye on my daughter crawling all over the house whilst I work on my laptop.
Please can you share your top tips for how our readers can easily refresh their interiors for summer?
I think the best way to refresh your home is to get rid of anything you don’t need to use anymore and leaving only what ‘sparks joy’ as Marie Kondo says. Once your space won’t have unnecessary things you’ll feel much lighter and balanced. Minimalism is the key to a space feeling ‘right’.
You’ve got a day to spend at home with no obligations or distractions. What would we find you doing?
Putting my phone away and just enjoying the moment. I’ll either be cooking, reading and cuddling with the family followed by a yin yoga session before going to sleep.
Lockdown caused everyone to spend more time at home than ever, which renewed everyone’s interest in their interiors and gardens. What design changes, if any, did you make to your home or wish you could have made to improve your home environment for this period?
The first thing I did was add green to our space. I added plants on our balcony and turned it into a little oasis, something I hadn’t found the time to do before. My next project is to keep getting rid of objects and unnecessary clutter inside the house.
What did you learn from spending so much time at home and what do you think we can all take away from this period?
I’m very grateful for this time. I learned it’s not easy to do all (cook, clean, work, laundry, child!), but above all I learned the importance and power of slowing down. Staying in the present, and enjoying life with your closest ones. I was also surprised to learn how much of my work can be done on Zoom. I was always travelling to visit projects on-site in Paris, Belgium and Tel Aviv, but I was happy to see it was possible to get things moving from home. Still, I can’t wait to visit Europe again!
What exciting projects are you currently working on?
My most exciting and challenging project right now is a 100 square metre villa in the suburbs of Paris. It is especially near and dear to my heart because it is a residential space for one of my first clients when I opened the doors of my studio. Besides that, I am also working on inspiring residential projects in Tel Aviv.
What projects do you have in the pipeline?
Something big is coming! I wish I could talk about it, but hopefully you’ll hear about it very soon.