Yesterday I shared with you that I had recently attended the Nashville Antiques and Garden Show. I, along with about 20 other bloggers, was invited by Nashville StyleBlueprint to preview the show as well as to meet several well-known designers, artists, and editors.
Hello, chance of a lifetime! Y'all, I'm still questioning, "Did that really just happen?"
Ok, snapping out of it, let me tell you who was there: Suzanne Kasler, well-known interior designer from Atlanta, author, founder of Suzanne Kasler Design, and designer with Ballard Designs; Carolyn Englefield, editor of Veranda Magazine and author; Kreis Beall, founder of Blackberry Farm and Blackberry Design; Margot Shaw, editor of flower magazine; Michael Devine of Michael Devine Handpainted Fabrics; and Christopher Spitzmiller of Christopher Spitzmiller, Inc., Handmade Ceramic Lamps.
|This is after the panel interview. We moved upstairs to a champagne reception to continue!|
Here are some of the questions and their answers.
Q: Where do you find inspiration for your design/work?
A: The biggest majority of the interviewee said...PARIS! (Enough said...I'm ready to go get inspired!) A couple of others mentioned life, travel, and nature. Carolyn Englefield quoted this about staying inspired. "Beauty is everywhere. Open your eyes wide enough to see it."
Q: Do you have a professional rule (or goal) that you've followed to get to where you are?
A: Do what you love, follow your instincts. Carolyn Englefield
Eliminate the hard decisions. and Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Till the good is better and
the better is best. Kreiss Beall
To thine own self be true. Michael Devine
It's a narrative of yourself that you build. Be authentic. Margot Shaw
Q: How do you measure the effectiveness of your brand?
A: Word of mouth and exposure seemed to be the most common answer. Bloggers have really
helped in the area of sharing things their readers.
Q: What are some things you see on the horizon, i.e. colors, styles, trends?
A: (this is a compilation of their answers) Prussian blue is a classic and is translatable across many
design styles. Paprika does seem to be emerging more. As for style, bring those things that
inspire back home but keep something familiar in the freshness. People like to try new styles but
they also like to recognize things from the past along with the fresh. Go for updated classic.
Style evolves. When you respond to something, bring that in. - Suzanne Kasler
Several of the interviewees have written some beautiful books on design. If you're interested in any of them, here is a link to Amazon. This is an affiliate link. :)
The Altered Past on Amazon
I hope you've enjoyed the interview and will check out their books. I have a couple already and have the rest on my wish list. Thanks for stopping by and God bless!
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