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Meet Ariel

Ariel
Ariel Magidson, Founder and CEO
San Francisco, California
ariel@arielarts.studio

Meet Ariel

Ariel is disrupting the way we think about Interior Design. Until recently, the industry has been defined by wealthy individuals and large corporations. Worse, it’s one of the top contributors to landfills; 9 million+ tons of furniture are added each year (not even including the building materials!). 

Ariel is out to make sustainable design for everyone… no really, everyone! Thousands of social media followers use her design hacks and tips everyday for free. She created Ariel Arts to work within anyone’s budget — from quick personalized advice to full-gut renovations, she’s got you. With each project, she uses empathy to guide her designs to be approachable, sustainable, and affordable. Her commitment to sustainability pushes the boundaries of interior design to reduce waste and create beautiful spaces effortlessly. And the best part? It’s all done virtually.

A Bay Area native, Ariel earned her BFA in Interior Architecture and Design from the Academy of Art University where she studied behavioral sciences and its unique correlation to design. To keep up the disruption pace, you can probably catch Ariel drinking far too much fair trade coffee around her favorite San Francisco neighborhoods.

Meet the Team!

Meet the Team!

Tomi Nusekabel, Jr. Designer
Cincinnati, Ohio
tomi@arielarts.studio

Tomi Nusekabel

Jr. Designer
Cincinnati, Ohio

Tomi has a serious passion for interior design -a path she chose over her original course of study: psychology and biology. She loves a DIY project, from refurbishing thrift store furniture to renovating her house with her husband. Most of all, Tomi loves spending time with her husband and three kids, especially on a lake or by the beach. Throw in a boat and some jet skis and they’re never coming home!

Organic Modern Boho (mix of Boho, Modern, Mid-Century and tons of DIY)

Michaela Halpin, Jr. Designer
New York, New York
michaela@arielarts.studio

Michaela Halpin

Jr. Designer
New York, New York

Michaela is a student of Interior Design at the Parsons School of Design at The New School. She loves yoga and all things wellness — in fact, wellness is part of what drew her to interior design, recognizing that the environment is a pillar of your health. You can catch Michaela enjoying coffee at one of her favorite Brooklyn cafes, lounging at the beach in Long Island, and cuddled up with her dog, Georgie.

Minimalistic Chill with Light and Bright Neutrals

Abril Salinas, Jr. Designer
Houston, Texas
abril@arielarts.studio

Abril Salinas

Jr. Designer
Houston, Texas

Abril is currently studying Interior Design at San Jac Community College. She made a change to a career in interior design after successfully running her own bakery for 10 years. She loves learning about the history of interior design, how it has evolved through different eras, and is especially fascinated by the Baroque period. Abril loves to stay busy at work, school and home, especially with her husband and son. And she especially loves to travel and tries to do so every chance she gets!

Modern Neutrals

Anna Marx, Chief Operating Officer
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
anna@arielarts.studio

Anna Marx

Chief Operating Officer
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Anna is a data nerd who gets a kick out of spreadsheets, surveys, and budgets. Her biggest pet peeve is inefficient systems (really!) and she loves making things work smoother, faster, and easier. She loves to write, read, binge-watch every HGTV show, and hang out with her husband and two kids. Anna has an MPA in Nonprofit Management and Public Policy from NYU and a BA in Political Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Colorful Cozy Comfort

Zalikha Barkzia, Social Media Coordinator
Chicago, Illinois
zalikha@arielarts.studio

Zalikha Barakzia

Social Media Coordinator
Chicago, Illinois

Zalikha (or “Z”) is a marketing professional and passionate devotee of the fashion industry. An artist at heart, Z loves painting, sewing, cooking and reading in her spare time. Her fashion experience includes Sonya Battla, MAC cosmetics, and Aritzia. Zalikha holds a degree in marketing from Columbia College Chicago. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two cats.

Abstract & Moody Classic

Ibrahim Elkhoudary, Social Media Intern
Gaza
ibrahim@arielarts.studio

Ibrahim Elkhoudary
Social Media Intern
Gaza

Ibrahim (or Hema to his friends), is a computer systems engineering student. In addition to social media, he loves swimming, basketball, and gardening.

Rustic Mediterranean