Dina Bandman Is the Design Darling You Need to Know
Based in San Francisco, Decorist Celebrity designer Dina Bandman honed her eye and aesthetic working for several top decorators before striking out on her own. It was during those years that she developed a deep appreciation for traditional interiors and classic decorating techniques. The knowledge, in turn, taught her how to bend and break the rules. The result is her bright and playful approach to the traditional look that sets her apart from many of today’s rising designers. Whether it’s a laundry room anchored in cobalt blue-and-white or a nursery outfitted with a Lucite convertible crib and lemon-tree wallpaper, her interiors are rooted in tried-and-true elegance but none too precious.
We're thrilled to offer you an accessible way to bring Dina's sophisticated and wonderfully whimsical designs into your home. Get to know Dina a little more in our short and sweet Q&A below.
Tell us about your interior design trajectory. How did you find yourself here?
It was not a direct path! I attended law school before pursuing my career in interior design on the insistence of my parents. A semester in, I had a revelation. I had known I wanted to be an interior designer since the age of seven. I quickly realized it was best to pursue a career in something I was passionate about rather than what my parents wanted for me. I completed law school but enrolled in design school simultaneously. I graduated from both within a few months, but I never did anything law related.
How would you describe your aesthetic?
How has San Francisco inspired your design aesthetic?
Through my fellow designers within the community I’ve found here—they are always inspiring me.
Who are designers that have influenced you?
Katie Leede, my first boss! And the one and only, Bunny Williams.
Outside of design, did you have any other muses?
The fashionistas of the world past and present—Olivia Palermo, Jackie O, Atlantic Pacific, to name a few.
What trends are you over?
For people who are color and pattern skeptics, you say...
Live a little!
Any words of wisdom for your younger self?
Work for as many designers as possible.
And lastly, fill in the blank: A beautiful home is ______.
From Dina’s Little Black Book
Go-to for antiques: John Rosselli in NYC or Paris Flea Market
Favorite park: Central Park
Museum: Legion of Honor
Hotel: Relais Christine or Le Sireneuse or Gramercy Park Hotel
Travel destination: Miami
Weekend escape: Big Sur
U.S. city: NYC
International cities: Paris and Rome