By Cathy Whitlock
Far Left: Eaton turned a bedroom into a master bath and sitting room combination in a Brooklyn townhouse. Left & right: The client's love of pop art is displayed throughout the house.
interior design division and it all just clicked. I realized that by the time I got licensed to be an architect, I would be in my mid30s and it would be a long road ahead so I became an interior designer. I have not looked back!” Eaton turned to personal friend, architect and mentor West Chin for guidance when first setting up her own firm. “While we don’t share the same aesthetic, I looked up to him in terms of business as he has created such a good work culture,” the Charlottesville, Virginia native notes. “And he taught me how to run a business, as it is not easy to open up a small business and you have to be very creative. It’s rare the left and right brain get together! No one tells you that when you get started.” The European designer, Eindhoven academic and Studiolise
creative director Ilse Crawford became a huge influence on her burgeoning career as well. “As a European designer, Crawford looks at things differently and has this incredible ability to mix the old and new. She sets the bar so high on how she approaches this.” Launched in 2009, her namesake Manhattan based company, Tamara Eaton Design, specializes in high-end residential and commercial projects from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Westchester to overseas work in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Saudi Arabia. Known for her “one-of-a-kind interiors that perfectly match clients’ personalities and lifestyles,” Eaton details, “I think what I really care about is the client. And I am not sure all designers keep the client in mind. This is not a dig JUL