When Noa Santos and Ross Matsubara first moved in together, it took some major negotiations to merge their distinct styles. Noa, cofounder and CEO of Homepolish (@homepolish), a decorating service that matches clients with designers, is a minimalist, but he says his fiancé, Ross, a VP at a PR firm, is a “more-is-more kind of guy.” After some give and take and many, many paint chips—their Manhattan apartment now feels right for both of them. Here, they explain how they’ve reached a happy balance.
Noa: “When we moved in, Ross and I were excited to swap the weekender bags for a shared dresser—and I was excited to paint over the orange accent wall in his entry.”
Ross: “Before we met, my decor style was about leaving a lasting impression, with that bright orange wall and a massive gold mirror. Looking back, that lasting impression was probably one of insanity!”
Noa: “Our tastes have actually grown together and become more layered over time. Ross manages to find remarkable objects wherever we go. They’re usually bold things that I’d never choose myself, but I grow to love them once I find a way to work them into our space.”
Ross: “Every piece that I really value in our home is something that Noa and I discovered together. Our home is a living scrapbook.”