Happy Valentine’s Day! For today’s blog, we are getting a little personal on some of the things our team loves, what keeps us inspired, and what influences our personal style! We hope you enjoy.
What’s your favorite album or musician to pull out for an impromptu dinner party?
Heather: Michael Kiwanuka.
Raquel: The new EP with Leon Bridges and Khruangbin.
Emily: A Spotify playlist that I’ve put together with songs by Elvis, Paul Simon, and Van Morrison.
What TV show or film is most inspiring in terms of design?
Heather: “The Holiday” with Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet and Jude Law.
Charissa: Any Nancy Meyers film, I personally like the set design of ‘Home Again’ with Reese Witherspoon.
Kori: Big Little Lies.
Eli: “The Holiday” is of course amazing, but I am also loving the homes shown in the new “The Morning Show” series. I think Jennifer Aniston’s character’s NY Penthouse is so cozy and chic.
What are three design trends you love right now?
Heather: Mixed metals, the wide plank French oak floors and a return to warmer, more personal interiors.
Raquel: Wallpaper in any application, unexpected powder room designs, and brass accents.
Charissa: Hand painted ceramics and tiles, earth tones, and rooms that look lived in.
Kori: Dark green paint colors mixed with warm woods and leathers. Wallpapers – I’m loving the resurgence in the use of sophisticated grasscloths and the really punchy statement papers. Animal prints – I’m loving the pops of animal prints showing up in fashion and interiors.
Is there a design trend you’d like to see fade away?
Heather: Glass tiles.
Raquel: I’ve heard that formal dining rooms are fading away and I hope this isn’t true! They symbolize a space where families come together to share their daily experiences and celebrate and nourish their bodies.
Flowers or succulents and what kind?
Emily: Unique, hard to find flowers like Protea.
Charissa: Flower arrangements from Bricolage Curated Florals and Margot Blair.
Eli: Pink peonies and tulips are some of my favorites.
What’s your current dream travel destination?
Heather: Spending a month in France.
Emily: Seeing the cherry blossom trees in Japan.
Raquel: Hoping to schedule our first vacation (without kids) to Hotel San Cristobal in Todos Santos!
Charissa: Hard to pick just one! South Africa has been on my mind- Cape Town, wine, safari, beautiful landscapes.
Kori: We are visiting the big three this summer with our kids – London, Paris, Rome. It is their first introduction to Europe and I’m super excited to experience it with them through their eyes and their perspective. I’m so inspired by the culture, art, architecture, fashion and food. It is going to be wonderful!
Eli: A trip to Positano sounds like a dream to me.
What’s your favorite scent for the home?
Heather: Anything beachy.
Emily: Essential oil scents like lavender, eucalyptus, and rosemary.
Charissa: Le Labo- Santal 26 candle with notes of amber, coco, vanilla, cedar, spices, musk, and sandalwood.
Eli: I tend to have very feminine taste, but when it comes to scents I am drawn to more ‘masculine’ fragrances that blend amber, sandalwood, and musk.
What’s your current favorite coffee table book and why?
Heather: It would be anything by Bobby McAlpine. I have a couple of his books and I love his moody, atmospheric style.
Charissa: “Marfa Modern: Artistic Interiors of the West Texas High Desert” by Helen Thompson. It features photographs by Casey Dunn. The book showcases 21 homes that embody the character of Marfa, a destination that was once a railroad water stop has transformed into the destination for minimalist art and design.
Thanks for letting us share some of our personal influences! We hope you have a great weekend! As a reminder, we are closed on Monday, February 17th for a Community Volunteer Day. We will reopen Tuesday at 11 am.