My source of inspiration comes from three distinct areas: design and art books, travel, and film. My process of getting there starts with seeing something that sparks an idea. Could be something as fun as a vintage car or a hotel that my clients love and have fond memories of staying at. It’s the excitement of another point of view and perspective that inspires me. Though the medium may vary, I’m usually struck by an image—the image creates a vibe, and the vibe creates an emotional story. From there I start thinking about the color palettes and the textures of how I can translate the vibe I’ve conjured to the start telling the story of the space I’m designing. The mood when creating new products and projects is always starting ripe with a story. The main character is often the architecture of the space and how that translates to what the client wants to create within those parameters.
Diving deeper, I like to think that I re-define boldness, elevating romance and Boheme—activating the free-spiritedness which lives inside all of us. It’s that mix of culture, color, pattern, history and global style that tells a story. This is what I believe is the AristoFreak™ Style. A hopeful and lasting effect that happened during the pandemic was the filming of an HGTV show I was a part of, Design Star Next Generation. That experience taught me so much! My biggest takeaway was that I design in real life and designing on the show was geared toward designing for the camera. I hope the lasting effect is that it inspires people to go out and be fearless and have fun with their design choices!