Our Team

Juliana Porotsky, Founder and Managing Director


Juliana brings to Clean Slate her passion for home and lifestyle design and for finding, creating, and curating beautiful things. Her career has been at once richly varied and characterized by an unwavering focus on applied aesthetic artistry, expressed in part through fashion, ceramics, and flower design. She launched the first-ever Versace accessories showroom in Manhattan. As a founder and owner of Kebon Home, she designed and imported Moroccan-style lamps and lighting fixtures. She was a managing partner of The Modern Chemist boutique pharmacy in Park Slope, responsible for creating and maintaining the business’s visual brand aesthetic and the store’s clean, natural look and feel. Juliana graduated from New York University with a degree in international business and marketing.


Maria Plokhikh, Buyer and Creative Director


As artistic director, tastemaker, and buyer for her successful home furnishings showrooms in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia, Maria has unparalleled access to major manufacturers of furniture, lighting, and accessories. She graduated from the St. Petersburg University of Economics and Finance, followed by a course of study in interior and landscape design. Her design approach is founded on her natural sense of set and setting and a deep understanding of the importance of composition and proportion. She breathes positive, clean energy into any space, and has an uncanny ability to help Clean Slate’s clients visualize their future home and seamlessly bring it to life.