How do fashion and fine art influence your designs?
For me, having a background in fine arts and fashion design, I find myself going back to my roots every day.I might find inspiration from a Vermeer for an interesting color palette. Or be able to work with a client who has a wonderful collection that sets the stage for the rest of the room. I have a heightened sensitivity to fabrics and textiles; and the couture level of detailing that I bring to my projects is certainly evident from the fashion training.
Is there a palette you are particularly drawn to, and if so why?
The base palette that I am attracted to the most tends to be neutral in color. From that starting point I gravitate in two directions. Either the palette becomes very warm and rich with earth colors that look like they have been excavated from Pompeii with splashes of eggplant or persimmon. Or I love a vibrant saturated palette such as petrol blues, acid yellows and unexpected colors that juxtaposed with a cool neutral base palette create a wonderful since of balance.
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How do you want your rooms to make people feel?
I want people who experience my work to be able to feel that memories could be made there. That it is a place where family and friends come together to spend time and be able to take away a wonderful experience. The room should complement the owners and reflect their taste and personalities.
Kristen McGinnis Design