It’s very exciting to be a part of a talented, creative team that works well together—a team that takes a spark of an idea on paper and works endlessly to see it come to fruition. I always say the best part of the project is the beginning when the ideas are just forming and starting to take life. It’s a very rewarding experience to see a commercial project through to its end. We always start by asking the client a lot of questions. What is the brand? How do we convey that brand throughout the many platforms? We work as a team to create a clear vision of what they are looking to achieve. We set a timeline and budget for the project, create floor plans with the architect and come up with a set of drawings that we can start to get bids for. We can then start to suggest materials and finishes for all the spaces and guide the client to make the best decisions that fit the budget.
One of my favorite pastimes is research and allowing myself to go down the rabbit hole of an idea on the internet or in a book and discovering new ideas while revisiting old ones. I love to learn and stay forever curious. When it comes to motif, I am attracted to simple, graphic patterns and bold colors. I like to design interiors with artwork and unique accessories. I find that the graphic, patterned textiles are a great foil to layer in artwork and other curiosities, making a space feel storied and interesting. We use lots of textured papers to add depth to a space—I often say that a wallcovering gives a room a hug and softens the walls in contrast to the trimmings and millwork. In addition, I often will select a highly figured, bold, graphic wallcovering to add that touch of theater to a room and take it from ordinary to extraordinary. Always fashionable, never fussy.