Simply put, Emmy Bodnar, founder of Fine Line Furniture + Accessories, is a one-of-a-kind force to be reckoned with. When she enters the room, people are invariably impressed by her impeccable sense of style, her original wit and humor, and her genuine interest in learning everything about them. She offers her full attention and listens with intent, as if they were the most interesting things in the room.
Needless to say, when Emmy begins to share stories of her life, her travels and experiences, it becomes apparent that she is probably one of the most interesting people they have ever met. And when she begins assisting clients with their design projects, it also becomes apparent that her life’s experiences and global travels have given her a unique perspective and creative je ne sais quoi which makes all the difference. Clients fall in love with Emmy and with her work because she creates designs that are not only aesthetically appealing but also have palpable heart and soul.
“I love my work more than life, which is why I am 78 and still fully involved in the business,” she says.
Emmy was born in Holland, raised in Toronto, and lived in the Bahamas for 10 years when married before moving to Miami in 1972.
Notably, Emmy knew from a young age that she would become a designer and travel the world, and she did just that. She credits her global travels for influencing her style and giving her a distinct perspective and creative touch. A personality herself, she has worked for countless personalities including Fox’s Bernie Goldberg, singer Carlos Vivas and Canada’s Michael Wekerle.
When she’s not working or traveling, the Miami resident dedicates her time, talents and treasure to Mach 1, an organization raising money for the arts at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. She also serves on the board of DASH high school.