Anne Hepfer began her interior design career at Daniel Romualdez Architects in New York after graduating from Parsons School of Design. While working under Romualdez, Anne had the opportunity to work on a multitude of high-profile projects including the homes of style icon, Tory Burch. In 2003, Anne struck out on her own and eventually moved her eponymous firm from New York to Toronto. In the years since, she and her team have completed projects throughout Canada and on the East and West Coasts of the United States. Anne’s sophisticated style extends from her interior design work into her collection of custom furnishings featuring exotic leathers and bespoke details. Anne’s work has been featured in multiple publications including Luxe, Style at Home, and Canadian House & Home which has named her to their list of Top 25 Designers. I have admired Anne’s work for some time now, so I am delighted to get to know more about her in today’s installment of the Style Files. Enjoy!
Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?
Anne Hepfer: Tailored, clean lines with graphic elements, luxe and layered textures, refined and interesting colour palette combined with unique and unexpected finds. I am a treasure hunter.
PC: Has living in Toronto influenced the way you decorate?
AH: Toronto has some incredibly talented designers and architects. But I would say that since my move from NYC to Canada, the biggest influence in my design has been my exposure to the great outdoors. I spend a lot of time 2 hours north of Toronto in lake country and the landscape is absolutely breathtaking: the colors at different times of the day and season, light and texture, organic materials. It’s been an amazing journey.
PC: What does your home say about you?
AH: That I’m constantly evolving and I love an eclectic mix. We are a family of 8 (4 kids and 2 dogs) and that means a lot of moving parts; functionality and practicality are key, but that doesn’t mean that beauty has to be sacrificed. I love to surround myself with meaningful and beautiful things.
PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?
AH: Diverse cultural art and history. I’m amazed by global craftsmanship and seeing the gifts that come from different regions of the world. People have been creating since the beginning of time. Through my travels and network I am working with such gifted artists and craftsman who are able to bring my designs to reality.
PC: Who are your personal style icons?
AH: Billy Baldwin, Albert Hadley, David Hicks, Jacqueline Kennedy
PC: What is your guilty pleasure?
AH: Sweet and savory crepes I cook for our family every Sunday morning.
PC: What trait do you most admire in a person?
AH: Authenticity. Just be who you are. Be independent with the ability to be dependent. Above all live with gratitude.
PC: Who or what has been your greatest professional influence?
AH: My Dad and my Grandfather who always said “Do what you love to do and strive to be the best.”
PC: What is your idea of living “la dolce vita”?
AH: Life is a gift. Make the most of it. Go through life with the aim to make the lives of those around you better. Live softly on this earth but make your mark. There is so much we can achieve. Your goals don’t need to be lofty but have some and believe in them. Otherwise, why are we here?
PC: What can we look forward to next from you?
AH: I have a few tricks up my sleeve!
Go-To Outfit: Skinny jeans and a cozy cashmere sweater from Augustina in Toronto.
Style Mantra: Don’t be afraid of change.
Scent: Tom Ford Neroli Portofino, Jo Malone Grapefruit, Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia, Fracas. I alternate and love all 4.
Piece of Jewelry: I always stack bracelets on my left wrist with my watch. Mixed metals, friendship bracelets that my kids made, leather & Tahitian pearls.
Color I Never Tire Of: Black and white
Flower: Rare orchids
Indispensable Design Element: White linen. Exotic leathers (ostrich, python, shagreen).
Era for Design: Now
Dream Project: Bungalow in St. Barth or luxury boutique hotel
Fabric/Textile: Hand-embroidered or hand-printed linens and cut velvets
Hostess Gift: Depends on the hostess. Keep it unique.
Meal: Fresh Burrata cheese with roasted grapes, and toasted bread from Campagnolo Restaurant in Toronto.
Drink: My latest love is an Aperol Spritz with an orange twist
Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work: Cutting a rug with my kids (with an Aperol Spritz)
3 Things I Love About My City: People, lifestyle, proximity to lake country
Weekend Destination: Muskoka Lakes year-round
Hotel: J.K. Place Capri
City: Yangon, Jaipur, Paris, Venice, NYC– I can’t choose just one!
Museum: MOMA, Guggenheim
Song that Always Puts Me in a Great Mood: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Actor/Actress: Marlon Brando and Audrey Hepburn