How would you describe your interior design style? What or who influences your style?
When Brooks and I joined homes a decade ago, we had two distinct points of view that somehow seamlessly merged. I am very influenced by Japanese aesthetics, handmade items, natural wood, collecting rocks, and interesting textiles. Brooks has always had a more poppy aesthetic. He can be very bold with color, and I love this infusion of interest and excitement into my typically neutral point of view. We travel to England quite a bit and have been very influenced by the trims, furniture, and color palettes you may find in English pubs and country homes.
What's your favorite room in your home and why?
We love our living room. It is quite elegant and grown up. It feels almost Italian or Viennese. It is spare but eclectic. We chose to paint our bookshelves a deep red, which gives the room a very sensual feel. It’s a room where you want to sit on the green velvet sofa, listen to jazz, and drink a negroni.
Is there a story about your home? If these walls could talk... what would they say!?
That is a frightening thought! [Laughs] It would say these people are a little weird and like to have fun. It’s a creative, giggly, often messy house. Candles are burning, music is playing, food is being cooked, and several crafty projects are being worked on all the time.
What's a design trend that will never go out of style?
I am blissfully unaware of home design trends. But I think that everything in your home should be personal. It is rare we just buy something new off the shelf. We collect as we travel. We buy vintage. We have family pieces. Our businesses have provided much of what is in our home, from our aprons, mugs, glassware, olive oil, and maple syrups. It’s the fruits of our own labor and design.