January 29, 2021

My Love List: People, Places, and Things That Inspire Me

Love is in the air! I share some of the things I adore most and how they help me stay passionate in my work.

A big part of being a successful interior designer is coming up with fresh ideas. When I’m feeling worn out or hitting a block, I know there are several things I can turn to get re-energized.

Travel: 

Experiencing unfamiliar cultures is a wonderful way to explore different color schemes, patterns, and motifs. I also find that when I’m in a more relaxed state, such as on vacation, I’m more receptive to everything around me, and I have time to reflect. Working in the hospitality industry, I’m always inspired by the places we stay, and it’s fun to experience hotels as a guest vs. a professional. When we can travel more easily, I love spending time on the Cape or in Florida with my family. I discover and tuck away the littlest details, such as the pattern the waves make on the sand, as inspiration for future projects. My sister and I try to travel internationally together once a year—Paris, with its incredible architecture, is one of our favorite destinations.

Family: 

Spending time with those we love is always a good reset, and as my daughters have gotten older, we’ve enjoyed doing more creative activities together. We get a kick out of watching baking shows (any fellow “Nailed It!” fans?), and occasionally attempt to recreate their confections. We also love making artwork together. This year, I offered to be one of the 5th grade room parents, so we’ve tried a bunch of fun projects, such as making leaf lanterns, candles, and Christmas tree mobiles. Crafting on Zoom is a whole different world!

My Team: 

I’ve previously shared how my amazing team is the key to having a smooth workflow. When things are busy, everyone pitches in to help. Everyone in our firm is smart and talented. In addition to that, I personally find each member of our team cool and stylish. From fashion, to hobbies, to food, we’re constantly sharing our favorite things and best ideas with each other.

Innovation: 

Although I’ve been in the business for nearly two decades, I consider myself a lifelong student of design. I’m always learning, and I get a rush from discovering fresh sources, up-and-coming artists, and cutting-edge materials. I love scouring design magazines and books to seek out what’s new in our industry. If that means I have an inner design geek, then I embrace it!

It seems like now, more than ever, we’re all craving some change. I hope my love list encourages you to look at your world with fresh eyes.

Until next time.

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