I am often asked, “What is your approach to design?” It is an always-evolving answer that combines trends, my own personal experiences, and the client’s needs and wants. One thing that stays constant is this: I see the world in color. Everywhere I go, I notice colors, patterns, and shapes. These elements help to inspire my projects and room designs. When it comes to my personal life, I mentally assign my friends and family a color that is ‘their color’. It represents who they are, their personality, and what makes them unique.
The most perfect example I can share of this approach are the nurseries I designed for our two boys. The two versions of the same room have come to reflect each of our boys’ personalities. Boy #1 will forever be ‘navy blue’ in my head – rich and bold, strong, and full of depth. Boy #2 will carry the light green and gray with him – he is more sensitive and observant, soft and cuddly, yet ready to explore the world as his woodland theme suggests.
With clients, I work to discover who they are and what their color story is. Mixing and matching colors, patterns, shapes, and scales are the visual elements that bring a room to life and make each space unique.
We all have things that we love that we have collected over time: vases we’ve found in antique stores, our grandmother’s dining table, a painting purchased from a street vendor on a honeymoon, photographs of cherished moments. I call these our ‘story pieces’ as they tell the story of our lives – past, present, and future. When working with clients, I work to uncover their most treasured story pieces and seamlessly incorporate them into the design plan.