Q + A

the voice of Haily Tweedie

Haily Tweedie is no stranger to milehimodern’s vision of bringing spaces to life with architectural significance — in fact, one could say that she helped to shepherd the brand’s spatial appeal with the design of milehimodern’s LoHi gallery space. Haily’s portfolio of work includes Denver’s renowned Tavernetta restaurant, the Gates Family Foundation office project and many more.

Now, Haily’s next adventure includes her own namesake architectural firm, Tweed Studio, co-owned and operated by her husband, Aaron. We sat down with Haily to discuss her new space, maintaining a work/life balance and inspiration.

How did you find your calling?

My father is a veterinarian, and because of him, I thought that I wanted to be a doctor. During the first few years in college, I found myself seeking out unique places and interesting neighborhoods to jog in because I enjoyed the architecture of the neighborhood and houses that I passed.

As I became more aware of what I was doing, I thought that maybe I could take this passion I had more seriously and study architecture. It really is the moment that I found myself. A profession in architecture has allowed me to exercise both sides of my brain — the creative and analytical sides — which I enjoy.

How do architecture and design trends influence what you do?

I love to look at things whether it be in magazines or online, while traveling or wandering the world around me. I’m addicted to visual stimuli. I just don’t ever think about design as a trend.  I do what feels right for a project or a space. I probably spend more time thinking about spatial quality than of its materiality. Not to say that I don’t love the tactility of materials and their impact on architecture or space making. Spatial quality is just the first step. Once you get that right, everything else falls into place.

What drew you to the space in which you currently operate?

The goals [my husband and I] established for finding our new home for Tweed Studio were that it needed to be walkable from our home, it needed to have plenty of natural light and it needed to be architecturally interesting. We found our space two blocks away. It is a beautifully renovated 130-year-old Gothic Revival-style building located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. We will move in a couple of weeks.

To what or to whom do you attribute your success?

Alright, I’m going to go with a little overshare here and mention that I am a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). I feel when something is right and feel when it is wrong. I do use logic and reasoning too, but somehow feeling my way through it is a better way for me to process information.

I also attribute my success to the strength that my family, friends and community give me, and just generally working hard and putting my heart into what I do.

How does artistry integrate into what you do on a daily basis?

I work on things until I feel good about them or confident in them. This happens whether I am planning my garden or designing the facade of a building. I try different things, change perspective, change scale, move things and see how they affect the tone.  

As a business owner, how do you maintain a work/life balance?

Following a schedule — and then knowing when to break from it — is key. It takes practice and it is a skill that constantly evolves.  I’ve had to learn to structure my unstructured time so that I have the physical and mental ability to get lost.

Describe the importance of art in the home.

Art can become an extension of one’s personality or life story. So, I’d say that it should be collected over a lifetime, be as eclectic as every experience a person has and given no thought to how it all goes together. If you love it, it will all make sense together somehow. Just be sure to spend enough money on art to support artists and to be discretionary.

Where do you find inspiration in your daily life? Do you have any recommended books, podcasts or publications?

I like reading books that involve science. Last night I lent my copy of The Teenage Brain to a friend. We don’t even have a teenager but it’s a fascinating read. Understanding why things might be the way they are fascinates me. Podcasts like 99% Invisible and The Hidden Brain certainly fill this fascination.

To discover the fascinating work of Tweed Studio, visit the company’s website or contact the team for more information.