Posts by Michelle Konstantinovsky

1. How did you get your start in the design world?In the seventh grade, my art teacher took me to Providence, Rhode Island to get good art supplies. I saw this magazine with a picture of a four-poster canopy bed and dolls. The magazine was Architectural Digest.

1. When did you first become interested in interior design and what inspired your eventual career path? When I moved to Los Angeles after college I saw homes designed in ways I had never seen while growing up in Kansas. It was exciting and inspiring. 2.

Four years ago, San Francisco's Galleria Park Hotel, a Joie de Vivre property, received a four-million-dollar restoration that made it one of the Financial District's most sought-after spots for out-of-towners and locals looking for an urban escape.

1. Where do you currently live in CA and what's special about how you've designed your personal space? My West Hollywood loft is a loving, passionate culmination of the antiques, furnishings and art that I’ve gathered over the years.

Transitioning from the chilled-out Bay Area to the hustle and bustle of New York City always requires a bit of prep and patience — but having a perfect place to stay certainly helps.

1. Where did the idea for Sisters of Los Angeles come from?

This fall, Joie de Vivre will unveil San Francisco's new and improved Hotel Kabuki, a chic, sophisticated boutique destination located in one of the city's most desirable neighborhoods.

1. You’ve been working in the industry for over 20 years — how did you get your start and what inspired you to get into design?I wasn’t formally trained, but I had a passion for beauty, symmetry and architectural detailing from a very young age.

1. What are the qualities that make up your ideal client? What are their values?  Our ideal client has the ability to trust and know we will take care of them to the best of our ability.