Club House Chair // Orchid Vessel // Bungalow Side Chairs // Safavieh Handknotted Wool Rug // Etched Mercury Glass Vessels // Venetian Mirror
PetitNest: It has always been very difficult to source great nursery furniture. Your line is modern, cool and yet somehow classic. As your twins grow are you looking to expand into beds and “young child” furniture?
Thanks so much! My twins, Jett and Sophie both have PetitNest dressers in their rooms. Jett has the Odile, and Sophie has the Sophie of course! I designed a bed for Sophie’s room as part of a young child's line for PetitNest. I haven’t put them into production yet but it’s in the works!
How else do you see that line evolving over the coming years?
I’d love to design a line of PetitNest accessories and a party line too!
Tell me about LA style. Your work has such an effortlessly chic vibe to it. Nothing is forced and yet everything is fabulous. How would you describe your approach to interior style? How does the laid back California lifestyle reflect itself in your work?
Wow! Thank you so much for that! That’s what I strive for so I’m happy you see it that way. I think LA has such a relaxed atmosphere because the weather allows us to be involved in an indoor/outdoor lifestyle! My approach to design is to sit down with my clients and really have a conversation about how they live.
What do they do when they wake up? How do they spend their weekends & evenings? How do they entertain? Do they have kids, dogs, parents that visit often or live with them? So I take the clients lifestyle and put together an interior that works for the lifestyle.
I love so many different styles of design. I like modern design but I also like classic. So my designs usually lean toward classic with an updated feel. It’s funny, I was just in Chicago at a dinner and someone asked me “what is your style”? I said 'it’s whatever the client will love for years long after I’m out of there'.
A contractor at the dinner said “oh no, she figures out the style and before she’s done she convinces you it was all your idea!!” I thought that was very funny but maybe true. It’s important to not only give your client a home they will love and feel comfortable in but to educate them along the way with ideas to make it even better than they were expecting. Everybody needs somebody to help them push outside of their comfort zone a little!
Let’s talk balance: We all know work/life balance doesn’t really exist. How do your lovely twins influence your work? Are they quick to offer input on your designs or do you compartmentalize those portions of your life?
You’re so right! It really doesn’t exist. No matter how hard I try it’s such a hard line to walk. I don’t always do the best job at it. I travel a lot so when I’m home I definitely try to have alone time with each of them individually and together too.
I chose to work from home (I have two separate offices there) so that I would be there when they come in after school before their activities start and then when they get home in the early evening. It isn’t a perfect situation though.
At the end of the day I can be on the phone with a client and hear someone bounding up the stairs yelling “MOM”! I used to worry it came off as unprofessional but I’ve never had a client have a problem with it. Anyone who’s a parent gets it! And those that don’t are also understanding when I let them know my reasons for working from home.
Recharging: The west coast offers so much visual inspiration. What are some of your favorite spots to catch the sunset or get out in nature to unwind?
The ocean has always had such a calming affect on me, as I’m sure it does to most people. I love to go down to Santa Monica or Malibu and watch the sunset from the beach. I also love to try different restaurants with friends. I love the food and the ambience! I have a client from England who comes over several times a year and I think we spend more time eating than working!
Beauty: You manage to stay so gorgeous while chasing twins and rocking it out for celebrity clients. Are there any beauty tricks or special products you’d love to share?
Oh wow!! You’re so kind to say that! You haven’t seen me at the end of the day or when I drag myself out of bed! ha! I can’t stand to spend time on my hair or in front of the mirror. I can put my face on in 5 minutes flat. I’m really lucky that I have thick hair so it doesn’t show easily that it’s dirty.
I love DryBar. It would take me twice as long to do it myself and it lasts over a week! (unless I go to the gym—so I use it as an excuse—I can’t go to the gym and ruin my blow dry!) My beauty regime is really simple.
I use Clarins tinted moisturizer with sunscreen, Clinique blush, Clinique eyeshadow and Revlon mascara. Oh, and Chanel lip gloss. I do the same when I’m shooting but I just darken everything and add lip pencil, eyeliner and powder. I don’t wear powder in the day because I hate that dry feeling. I have a lot of allergies so I’m very limited in things I can use. I wash my face with Borage cleansing gel and moisturize with Borage sensitive skin lotion from Whole Foods!
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