Recent studies show that our surroundings have a very real impact on our energy and emotions. Do you agree?
I 100% agree with this. Until this day, I have memories of certain hotels I stayed in and how it made me feel as a child. Items as simple as the stitching on a pillow, on a sofa in the lobby, or the smell of the ocean when certain windows were open are ingrained in my head. Being around certain textures and smells always transcends me back to a moment in time and the emotion I felt then. So for me, it’s so important to speak with clients about places they’ve been to or experiences they’ve had that made them feel a certain type of way. It’s part of my research development when we’re in our “dating” phase, as we call it.
Do you have any advice for the interior enthusiast when it comes to mixing and matching colors, textures and patterns?
When mixing colors or patterns, always think about it like Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ porridge – too hot, too cold and just right. To achieve “just right,” you want a hot bold tone (in my case likely a deep green, dark taupe or camel tone), a cold pattern or texture (a subtle ticking stripe or boucle) in a light tone like oatmeal or flax, and another in the middle that balances the two. I like to mix texture, so when you’re thinking about changing things up, think about durable textiles like linens, wools, leathers and heartier cottons for your foundational pieces, then blend your luxe materials like cashmere, alpaca or boucle for pillows, throws and window treatments. Lastly, layer in your Brutalist but sustainable materials like wood, steel or concrete for the special contrasting yet cohesive touch. In the end, mixing and matching the right way comes down to reserving any extremely “loud” design elements to be blended with more subdued pairings.