Social Networking With Robert Passal

Robert Passal and I went to college together.  When I heard that Robert had gone into interior design in New York City, I decided to look him up on Facebook.  Several lovely email chats later, and I’ve learned that Robert’s web site has finally launched and he’s recently been named one of the 20 New Traditional Designers by Trad Home (the soon to be digital version of Traditional Home magazine).  I’m so excited for him!

Here’s a peak at Robert’s stylish design portfolio~

As for our emails, aside from bonding over disco balls and fur throws, Robert and I chatted a bit about what influences his designs.  For Robert, it’s mostly his travels that inspire him…lately trips to both Miami and Morocco.  He also likes to visit the Stamford Antique and Artisan Center, where he can often be spotted conceptualizing an entire room from a single unique discovery made there.  Robert  finds Julia Cameroon’s book, The Artist’s Way, to be a great source for design ideas.  By using this book’s recommended technique of writing “morning pages”, Robert has tapped into a clever way to get his creative thoughts organized and eventually beautifully realized. 

To see more of Robert’s work, you can check out his portfolio here.  Thanks Robert, it’s been great reconnecting with you! 

TradHome cover via: Curbed

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44 Comments

  1. Oh what fun! I love his work – will definitely be checking out his site later. And also congratulations to him for named one of the 20 New Traditional Designers by Trad Home – so looking forward to seeing what they do online!!

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  2. Tabitha wrote:

    Am I allowed to wolf whistle?

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  3. The Buzz wrote:

    Handsome and talented – what a package! I'd be spending more time on Facebook if some of my fellow grads ended up in interior design… and a TradHome nomination to boot!
    xxoo

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  4. Anna White wrote:

    A true Talent..how fantastic that you reconnected again…youve gotta love facebook…certainly does help you connect with friends..old and new ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Anonymous wrote:

    Timeless and tasteful-I can appreciate Robert's style.

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  6. Just looked at his portfolio and it looks very impressive and beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

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  7. Debby wrote:

    How cool that you know this up and coming designer and because of your blog were able to showcase his talent. I love that first bedroom. Off to check out more of his work! xo

    p.s. I have a custom fragrance giveaway going on if it interests you.

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  8. Nice connection! Lovely post on him. Also, I am waiting with baited breathe on the first issue of Trad Home! M.

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  9. David Toms wrote:

    I am definitely going to have a look. The examples here have whet my appetite!

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  10. So cool! I'm off to see more of his portfolio- the preview here is amazing! I adore adore the first two bedrooms- love the sublte femininity in each space and all the antique inspiration. Gorgeous and I can't wait to see more.

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  11. Cara wrote:

    that marble bath is gorge! great portfolio!

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  12. pve design wrote:

    I'd like to think that he re-connected with you…and was "Zhushed" away by your spiff, smart polished blog….and shop.
    pve

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  13. oh my! his rooms are gorgeous and he's not too hard on the eyes either! How exciting to connect years later and see how far he's gone – can't wait to see Trad Home! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. He's very talented! How awesome that you were able to reconnect!
    xx

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  15. What talent and very exciting that you have reconnected. Who knows what this will bring for both of you.

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  16. Mrs.B wrote:

    I'm not usually crazy about green, but That chair is Awesome!

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  17. Beautiful work. I look forward to meeting him!
    I love your posts!
    Have a great day!
    Jamie Herzlinger

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  18. LOVE that bathroom with the cool star fixture!!
    xo Laura
    http://www.brightboldbeautiful.blogspot.com

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  19. Such beautiful rooms and that Fortuny chandelier in the first image is out of this world!

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  20. wowzers, that white marble-y bathroom, yeah, i want that! what a fun post, what a talent he is…thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  21. What great style and I love that you are college pals! xx

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  22. How awesome! You seriously know so many awesome people and this guy is incredibly talented. Ib love with his style and sense of throughline.

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  23. I Dream Of wrote:

    What fun to reconnect with an old friend– and such a talented one at that. I love his style. Great inspiration. XO

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  24. Krystal wrote:

    way to get the inside scoop, very cool!

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  25. Wow! He is so talented! And you know him!! : )

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  26. jess wrote:

    Damn, he's fine as hell! And so are his rooms. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  27. I would like to know more about the art on the walls.

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  28. Now, that's a great Facebook "reconnection" story! Not only do I love his work….I may have to head over to the Stamford Antique Mall in hopes of bumping into him.

    I've always heard about The Artist's Way….I feel this is the bonk on the head I need to read it.

    xo Elizabeth

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  29. Nuit wrote:

    WOWZA! how nice! I love facebook and the way it reconnects people. I also love how it feels to find a friend that has been successful and is doing what he loves. His Portfolio is exquisite!!! xox

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  30. Tina wrote:

    Looks good to me!!! Especially that white cararra marble bathroom, Oh Lord:)!
    Feeling quite sure this man has a bright future ahead and how lucky are you to actually know this guy in person(feeling a bit jealous)…
    Also, Thank you sooo much Sue for your comment at The Blogstress Network! It means a lot to me and you are always so kind! Iยดm glad both you and 'Mrs Ward' signed up to be a part of this amazing Network as well!
    All my Love to You!
    //Tina

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  31. i have the light 'star' in the bathroom – IN LOVE WITH IT – i just have issue, i have no where to hang it – i NEED a bigger or ANOTHER house *dreaming*

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  32. Josie wrote:

    I love that bright yellow room with the green chair! So pretty.
    xo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  33. Lovely green chair! it has me smitten!

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  34. Jenny wrote:

    Oh wow! His work is gorgeous!

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  35. {av} wrote:

    OBSESSED with his work…especially that bedroom and bathroom! How cool is it to see one of your fellow classmates making it big like this?! So happy to have found your blog! xoxo {av}

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  36. Stacey wrote:

    He's certainly easy on the eyes and his work is spectacular! XX

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  37. Stitchfork wrote:

    Gotta love Facebook, right?! Two talented college friends!
    xo Cathy

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  38. Love his style, very eclectic! What a handsome and incredibly talented guy! The yellow walls with green chair and irridescent tiles is my favourite – he does colours and neutrals both so well. How fun that you meet up again…

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  39. Wow- amazing portfolio! Thanks so much for sharing. I love the star shaped light pendant in the gorgeous bathroom. I'm so excited for Trad Home to be here!

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  40. What a fun story. His work is really beautiful. Thanks for the introduction!

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  41. cityfarmer wrote:

    … AND he's cute

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  42. LatteLisa wrote:

    thanks for the introduction, I just took a quick look at his website and I'll definitely take a better look at his work

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  43. Very pretty spaces! And isn't the world just so small? I'm not on Facebook much anymore but used correctly it can be such a cool tool for connecting.

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  44. Averill wrote:

    Oh I want that light fixture in the first photo — and the second to last one for that matter!

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