UK Designer Insights Feature July 29 2014, 2 Comments
Through social media I came in contact with Terrys Blinds, a UK based company that in addition to their trade, they host a fabulous blog that features designers and provides valuable insight on decorating, creativity and home trends. I feel lucky to have been included in today's post. Reading through the other individual's tips and ideas was interesting and useful! I will most definitely be using their Designer Insights section as a resource for future project ideas!
1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
I like to bring together old world pieces with new, simple staples – a new charcoal grey couch mixed with found objects as décor that pop in colour. My current home has concrete floors, counters and cinder block with large old factory windows that let in bright rays of light. I have decorated with a vintage tribal rug in an array of colours, found wood pub chairs, and Turkish throws.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
I spend time in a space prior to coming up with an aesthetic plan. I need to get a feel for the natural light, organic flow of the room and how it will be used.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
My mom. She has always had a unique and creative eye for decorating and design. As far back as I can remember she would travel all over the country in search of pieces to complete an idea she had dreamed up. She would travel to Upstate New York to find the perfect vintage piece to bring home and re-purpose or Chicago for the perfect charcoal grey furniture. She had a mix of industrial lighting, simple and classic tabletop ware, reclaimed barn beams, and forged steel hooks & silverware. She has perfected a balance between classic style, vintage charm and modern functionality.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
The best inspiration for me is traveling. Seeing how others are living, spending their time and socializing is fascinating. I always return from a trip feeling refreshed, inspired and with new perspectives.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
I dreamed of living above my own brick and mortar shop in a little bohemian down town neighbourhood. Opening the store each morning with coffee in hand and surrounded by a pleasing array of my found and market goods sounded so appealing! I saved money. I researched online. I read books about retailing. I talked to every shop owner while out in my town and on my travels. I realized that owning a brick and mortar was going to consume my every moment and decided that I would hold off until I was a little more settled. My grandmother, ahead of her time just like her daughter, was the one who suggested opening an online shop. My advice would be that owning a business is a huge responsibility and you need to make it your priority for it to succeed. It is an an every day, thought consuming, venture to keep up with but is worth the hard effort.