What project are you most proud of and why?
I had the incredible opportunity of working behind-the-scenes with Havenly co-founder and CEO, Lee Mayer, on her inaugural design book, Design the Home You Love. Shameless plug: if you want to learn practical styling tips and actionable design advice, check it out! It’s full of real-life client homes, fresh ideas and livable inspiration.
To bring this design book to life, I helped plan, style and execute our client photoshoots, select imagery to highlight Lee’s advice, and provide creative direction on the room recipes and illustrations of fundamental design principles. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime project and I’m so incredibly proud to have been a part of the team!
How would you describe your signature interior design style?
Provencal Whimsy: blending vintage elements and lived-in comfort with more imaginative details and a healthy dose of pattern and color. Imagine if Anthropologie was to design a rose-covered cottage in the French countryside. The result would feel inspired, meaningful, and most of all, cozy.
“As with every Havenly designer, I get to know my clients on a personal level. What is their vision? How do they want to — and need to — use their space? What do they want to feel as they live in their home?”
When designing a space, what is the most important factor to consider and why?
Start with palette! It’s the very first part of our Havenly design process. Because the color scheme sets the overall ambiance for any given space. Craving cozy and romantic? Lean into soft dusty blues with blush and brass accents. Going for a modern organic mood? Think high contrast blacks and whites with sage green touches and lots of wooden elements. Want something vibrant and energetic? Consider a playful twist on a primary palette with bold rubies, burnt golds and rich teals.
How do you work with clients to ensure that your designs fit their lifestyle?
While I have a distinct style, I never have an agenda. As with every Havenly designer, I get to know my clients on a personal level. What is their vision? How do they want to — and need to — use their space? What do they want to feel as they live in their home? For example, a client’s home with kids, pups and a love of drinking red-wine-on-the-sofa might look different than the city dweller with a studio loft. We work together to identify their unique home priorities and design goals. It starts with inspiration images, learning what they’re drawn to and why, alongside more detailed questions around their functional home needs, to ensure that perfect marriage of both form and function.
To what or to whom do you attribute your success?
I am beyond grateful for all of the people who have loved, supported, encouraged, challenged, and invested in me. From my family and dear friends, to colleagues and teachers, to faith and hope, I feel extremely fortunate to have a number of influences who have shaped who I am and what I love doing.
Where do you find inspiration in your daily life? Do you have any recommended books, podcasts or publications?
I love following along with prominent design pubs and designers for inspiration. Some go-to’s are Domino, MyDomaine, HouseBeautiful and ArchDigest, as well as Chris Loves Julia, Mark D. Sikes, Amber Interiors, Brigette Romanek, Colin King and Athena Calderone. While the social sphere provides boundless inspiration, you really can’t beat traditional page flipping. My go-to weekend rest ritual is coffee, music, and a design book or mag. While there are always new (and old) ones to discover, I currently find myself turning back to Live Beautiful, Made for Living, More Beautiful and This Is Home.
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