First was the story of the book cover. The chairs shown were literally found on the side of the road and borrowed for this shoot, normally they are not there. She did not change the fabric thinking that later maybe it could be photoshopped or changed. As things progressed this picture became the cover just as it was. I loved hearing how such statement pieces came to be on the cover.
- When she first started in the business she had not yet developed her own style so clients shaped her as she went along (which obviously worked).
- She is not scared to pull out her cell phone at parties to take pictures of things that inspire her and she knows the length of her hand which she uses as a tape measure in these situations. I am going to start using this method I think.
- A sofa must be 22" D.
- While most people start a room based off big pieces like the sofa, she starts with the most complex element and works her way back. Take risks first. This is usually a bold pattern, interesting piece, etc.
- "Don't let the fear of being tacky render you tasteless." Quote she loves, so true.
- As a designer when you finish a project it stays with you and the unfinished pieces gnaw at you. You still keep your eyes open for pieces for the space.
- Don't ignore the walk through spaces of the house- halls, entry ways, back doors, etc. They are the arteries of the house and where you spend the most time.
- Budget is the filter through which she looks. When clients are not 100% honest with what can be spent it can hurt the project.
- As a designer you have to be a strong editor but let them guide you.
- There is no shame in copying someone else. Designers are copying for the client, not to claim we invented something. The headboard featured in pg 104 of her book was taken from an Elle Decor cover.
- Quality is a luxury. It is a luxury to believe in the quality of the sources you are using. (usually determined by budget, but not the case all the time)
All images Kemble Interiors