The daughter of a real estate developer and a residential designer, Tyler Karu grew up around great design. It’s not surprising then that despite a undergraduate degree in literature, she quickly went on study architecture and interior design at the New York School of Interior Design and launched her own firm, Landing Design. We recently shared a farmhouse she designed, and today we learn more about her background while taking a look at another recently completely project with a very different vibe.

You come from a family with background in the real estate/design fields. How did that affect you deciding to have a career in design?
My mother has always had wonderfully creative and quirky taste. When she designed home, they were authentically her. I strive to do the same for my clients. I want to give them a space that is authentic to them. My father is a real estate developer whose drive and work ethic inspires me everyday. The man will never stop working and I feel fortunate that I have a career that makes me want to work as much as I can as well.

What was the best piece of advice your parents gave you?
My mother consistently impressed upon me that the greatest thing I could do for myself is figure out a way to support myself by doing something that made me happy. The older I get, the more grateful I feel to have found happiness in my career.

Tell us a little about the project you are sharing with us today.
The homeowner is a wonderful gentleman who wanted to start from scratch, from a full renovation to new furnishings. The plan was to keep the space simple, clean and masculine. I knew the pieces we selected needed to serve a functional and aesthetic purpose because there wouldn’t be a lot of accessories or styling items. In the end, I think the home reflects the owner. It looks collected but not the least bit cluttered or overly styled.

Were there any particular challenges or constraints for this project?
The renovation presented us with a few key challenges. The home originally had a number of very dated elements, such as arched room dividers that didn’t serve a purpose and more yellow-ish oak stained casings and trim than you can imagine. During the renovation we implemented rugged antique wood beams from our local salvage store. Our talented contractor completed rebuilt the stairway from reclaimed wood.