How did you learn the trade?
I learned the trade partly in design school but mostly on the job working for Kemble Interiors.
When did you know this was your calling in life?
When I was in boarding school I loved re-arranging everyone's rooms and had the only bedroom with curtains and an upholstered headboard. But I always thought I would be a bank teller at the drive-up window, it looked peaceful in there
What other designer and or architect do you most admire (living or not) and wish to meet or collaborate with?
Oh wow, I love so many: Tom Scheerer, Naomi Leff, Mark Hampton, Alberto Pinto, Jesse Carrier, Thomas O'brien. Is this too many?!
What is your favorite go to fabric house/collection or singular fabric?
Holland & Sherry for Muriel Brandolini and/or Madeline Weinrib's fabrics I'm in love with.
What material do you love? What is your favorite part of designing a room?
I love ikats. My favorite part of designing a room is making the clients happy. Honestly. I love getting Christmas cards with a picture of a family in a living room we designed. It's an honor being invited into someones home and helping create their visual memories of home.
What is your favorite antique you own and reproduction collection you constantly use as a resource?
My very beaten up old 17th century farm table is my favorite (and maybe only true) antique.Neirmann Weeks has great reproductions.
What trade or retail store inspires you most?
What is your favorite new and old interior book?
Celerie Kemble To Your Taste (of course!)
House & Garden's Best In Decoration from the late '80s is a classic old favorite. The old David Hicks books are classics too.
What does summer mean in interiors you design interiors in resort locations?
Relaxation. Lots of places to curl up with books, everything has to be super comfortable and inviting.
If you were not doing this what would you do?
I always thought designing sets for Broadway would be fun.
What city besides NYC do you visit to inspire you?
Marrakesh, London, Paris. Not very original, sorry! I also find lots of NYC very inspiring.
What are your trade secrets?
My sister-in-law, Cristi Conaway is a fashion designer and has Christi Conaway Design in LA. She's my secret weapon, always finding me cool stuff on the west coast! I also love Dixie Hwy which I visit nearly every trip home.