For designer Tatiana Mandel, it was her vast travel experiences that inspired the start of her business, Actual Design & Décor, a handmade wallpaper and custom murals company. The Russian-born graphic designer holds a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Russia and graduated from Algonquin College's graphic design program. As an active member of ArtElit, Tatiana maintains ties in Europe, she participates in cultural events in several European countries and works with clients throughout North America.
With décor trends transitioning from more impersonal sleek spaces to vibrant personality-filled rooms, the notion of custom-created wallpaper is brilliant. Clients get a personal touch with a work of art that breathes life into a space as well as offering high style.
The passionate artist explains that there is an intimacy to the work she does for her clients. "Each piece I create is a one-of-a-kind, hand-painted or handmade treasure in which I leave a little bit of my soul - thus distinguishing it from machine-made replicas."
Tatiana's home in the Island Park area is a tribute to her roots and creative passions. The dining room is an elegant entertaining space that converts easily into her work area to function as an office and teaching studio. To instantly showcase her talents, Tatiana hand-painted the walls with an enchanting mural of trees, birds and flowers. The gourmet kitchen, which was designed by Tatiana and installed by Binette Custom Design & Construction, continues the theme of European inspirations found throughout the house. A Bertazzoni stove was a necessary luxury for the gourmet cook.
The traditional home is the perfect backdrop for her artistic touches and collections. Whimsy works beautifully with the architectural detailing in each room, which is shown in her daughter Rachel's room where Tatiana used a pink backdrop to create a fanciful dream space for a nine-year-old girl. In contrast to the lively style in other rooms, the master ensuite provides a serene and elegant retreat to offer the artist a quiet, restful environment at the end of the day.