I had the pleasure of sitting down with Amber and Julie a week ago. We had so much fun. I took the opportunity to pick their brains about design + things we should and shouldn't do + trends they can't wait to see go. Down to their favorite paint colors. Let's hear what they had to say...
What's you favorite design project to do? New Construction or helping bring new life to a room?
J: I love helping somebody make the things that need to stay, work, while adding to it, making it what they want it to be. So, not necessarily that they have to take everything out of the room, but do the right editing. It adds a much more collected look to have things that maybe have a family story with it, or came from your great aunt. I love helping to add depth to a house.
A: That's my favorite also. Because it's nice to have a story or an heirloom piece. It gives the room meaning. But, I also LOVE to do an entire room. I think it's so much fun. But the challenge is, trying to make it look collected and not everything brand new.
What makes a project successful?
J: A happy client!
A: When the say, I LOVE THIS!
Three words that describe your style at Providence?
A: clean, minimalistic, well appointed. Ooops, one more......organic
J: styled, clean lines, relaxed
Do you think gold/brass is going anywhere? (please say no...<insert tons of laughter>)
A: No, I think people are finally catching on. It warms up a cool space. To me if you've got grays, and whites and creams. It needs some warmth, and brass makes that happen.
J: I love it. I didn't love it at first, it took me a little bit. I had to get rid of the thoughts of brass from the old houses that I've re-done. THAT brass. They shinny coated brass. And what it is today, is so pretty.
What designer made an impression on you early on?
A & J: Suzanne Kasler, Bobby McAlpline, Ray Booth
What inspires you?
A: Nature. I love to hike, and every time we go to Colorado, I always look at the colors of the trees and the dark bark. The way the light shines yellow on the blue sky.
J: The beach. The way the sand meets the water. The beautiful patterns in the sand that the waves create. It's amazing. And of course a vast amount of things to look at from other designers. I try to look all over and see the blending of colors, and shapes of things.
What's your favorite room to design?
A: I love to design dinning rooms.
J: I have two. I love to design a living room and master bedrooms.
How long have you been in Nashville?
J: I've been here for 21 years.
A: 9 years and we're here to stay!
What's your favorite Nashville neighborhood? Place to go, eat + walk around?
A: 12 South, for sure! I'm a foodie + I love to be outside.
J: Me too! I love walking around down there.
Your go-to paint color?
A: WHITE! White Dove- Benjamin Moore
J: Yes, White Dove or China White.
What about a good gray?
A: My new favorite is Sherwin Williams : Big Chill
A & J: We both LOVE Sherwin Williams- Dorian Gray a good neutral- we do that a lot on doors + trim and exteriors.
Is there a Nashville trend running wild?
A: White houses. They are popping up everywhere!!!
J: Everybody's painting their brick white.
What's the best way to use color?
A: Pillows and art.
J: Keep things neutral. Then it's easy to change things up by adding a pop of color here and there.
Finish this sentence. Every room needs______________.
J: A little bit of green to make it feel alive.. Like a fig tree, plus they are easy to keep alive. Two things- no direct light and only water when the leaves start to droop.
A: A great lamp. I don't think people see the importance of spending money on a great lamp. We talk about this all the time. It's like a nice handbag, it just makes an outfit. Good lighting is very important and often over looked.
Is there a trend you'd like to see GO AWAY?
J: The industrial look. Like iron pipes etc. It's a little too much. I like it in a restaurant or bar, but.....
A: I would agree. Over it. I mean, I like reclaimed wood, but let's not put it EVERYWHERE. I think it's over done.
What's a design mistake you think people often make?
A: Everything is too small. Small rug, small lamp, small accessories. Just get one great nice sized lamp. A BIG rug!
J: Waiting until you find the right piece, instead of settling for something on sale. Take your time. If you must have little things. Curate them on a nice tray. Then there's not too much visual overload.