I also studied at the London College of Fashion, and I’ve always had a big love of textiles. My first job out of college was at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago with Stroheim Fabric showroom. I fell in love with interior design at that point. Then, I moved to Portland, Ore., and worked for a woman who did interior design and designed soft home furnishings. When [my husband and I] moved back to Milwaukee, I started my own business where I was making my own slipcovers, bedding and window treatments. My business started evolving and people asked me to help them select paint colors, or pick out a sofa — things like that. Now, I subcontract out all of my window treatment [fabrication] and don’t do any sewing anymore.
I get a lot of inspiration from Instagram and even Pinterest. Instagram has such great accessibility and there are so many designers out there that I haven’t heard of. So if a designer I’m following posts about some furnishings they love, I’ll go and research that line. Some designers’ Instagram accounts I love include: @namdangmitchell, @william_mclure, @darrylcarterdesign and @alyssakapitointeriors.
One of my favorites is Brew City Salvage in the Fifth Ward — it has midcentury modern pieces. I also stumbled upon this place called Dandy on the border of Wauwatosa and Milwaukee, and [they] carry some neat vintage pieces as well. Another place that’s popular in the North Shore is Legacy [which is], a consignment store. The owner of Delafield Design Gallery carries Lee Industries furniture and I frequently take my clients to see the high-quality pieces they make. LUCE Lighting in Milwaukee carries my favorite brand, Visual Comfort.
In the kitchen, wood cabinets are coming back into style — but not dark wood — a white oak or light oak. Even if it’s a painted cabinet, we’re seeing less gray and back into beige or mushroom colors, which can be very sophisticated and chic.
We’re also seeing a lot of hand- made tiles, called Zellige. A lot of different companies are making their own version of these.[Other things include] beige being back (Benjamin Moore Pale Oak is a favorite, see sidebar)! [And] wallpaper is going strong, even on the ceiling. Another trend is painting the ceiling a color.
By Shayna Mace | Photography by Lacy Landre
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