A relaxed formal living room near the beach in Santa Monica reflects a less fussy lifestyle where comfort is key and muted fabrics achieve a calmness
When did you know this was your calling in life?
My father is an architect, and I used to play interior designer with his Knoll samples. It’s something I’ve been interested in forever, and I grew up in a very style conscious household. Interiors and fashion were big topics for us, and I’ve always felt comfortable in both of those realms. Professionally, I stumbled into working for Michael. Previously, my career had been in entertainment publicity, but Michael and I became friends, and he kindly offered me a job.
Do you have a design mentor?
My parents and Michael were my biggest influences.
When did you know you were ready to go out on your own?
A close friend from my Fox days offered to back me out of the blue. Until then, I had never considered it, but he gave me the push I needed to take the plunge. He was the creator of an enormously successful tv show, and I figured if he thought I could do it, then maybe I could. I started my business with another Michael Smith alum, and we worked on the weekends to raise enough money to fund the business on our own, but it was nice to have the support of someone who believed in me.
What is the most important thing for someone to know that would like to start their own firm?
Be prepared to work seven days a week – this job doesn’t begin at 9:00 end at 5:00. I work almost every weekend, and even when I travel, I’m looking for things for clients, or thinking about their projects. I suppose that any job that has an artistic element to it comes with those “burdens.”
What other designer do you most admire living or not?
I love Commune, David Netto, Tom Scheerer and anyone who creates something with a soul.
If you could design your own product collections what would they be and in what style?
I’d love to have a fabric line, and have already started the design process. I adore vintage textiles, and would take my inspiration from pieces that I’ve collected over the years.