Our Mission Statement..

"We tap into our collective love of historic decorative arts, antiques, fashion and nature to create fresh, innovative patterns and designs not seen elsewhere in the market" 


Susan Young and Tamara Stephenson are long-time friends hailing from the fashion and interior design industries, coming together to make quality, beautiful wares for the home. Channeling the artistry of women hundreds of years ago who canned fruits and vegetables from the farm in their root cellar, this duo utilizes Tamara's astute eye, sense of color and demand for quality with Susan's artistry and fine attention to detailing. The result is fresh innovative fabrics and designs. Committed to Made in the USA, the team collaborates with workrooms in the New York City garment district to support the local trade.


Tamara Stephenson and Susan Young are an interior design duo coming together to work on interior design projects in Tamara’s design firm in New York City and the surrounding areas. In 2015, they launched their women-owned company root cellar designs, LLC to create and manufacture quality and beautiful American-made wares for the home. They channel the artistry of women hundreds of years ago who canned fruits and vegetables to sustain their community while creating unique and modern wallpaper and fabric not seen elsewhere in the market. Utilizing Tamara's astute and trained design eye, her sense of color and demand for quality with Susan's painting and fine art skills, background in manufacturing and attention to detailing, they are inspired by their extensive antique collections, fashion and nature when making their designs. They proudly emphasize special attention to custom design work and provide timely and stellar customer service. Recently, the root cellar designs’ collections have expanded to include many textile and wallpaper grounds both for residential and commercial applications and a line of ready-made table linens, pillows and fashion accessories offered exclusively through several interior design trade showrooms around the country.

ABOUT SUSAN:  Susan is an entrepreneur, fashion designer, textile designer and trained specialty faux finish painter.  Since debuting her fashion design label over five years ago at a well received fashion show on the rooftop of the Empire Hotel during New York City's Fashion Week, she created a few dress collections a year and produced fashion shows in New York City and Boston.  She learned textile design by custom designing fabric for each season's collections, and her designs have been sold in boutique shops throughout the New York City and New England areas. She also worked for several years as a specialty faux finish painter then was commissioned to paint several interior surfaces of homes throughout Connecticut and NYC.

ABOUT TAMARA:  Tamara is a graduate of Parsons School of Design, a working interior designer and an award winning author of popular design & lifestyle blog, Nest by Tamara where she writes about interior design, travel & entertaining.  Nest by Tamara has a dedicated following of 1.2 million readers.  Through the variety of events she writes about and hosts, Tamara is affectionately known as the Tabletop Queen in the industry bringing creative ideas, recipes and and entertaining tips to her clients and readers while demonstrating how to entertain with panache.  She has honed her design eye for decades in the interior design business and her travels take her from Maison Objet in Paris to the Hamptons where she uncovers beautiful and quality design.