. . . the fabulous Gretchen Chapman!
You guys, I am so thrilled for you to meet this lady! She’s the real deal and I can’t believe we get to welcome her to the Crisp Interiors team!
As Crisp Interiors evolves, I want to grow with it; but I don’t ever EVER want it to become about ME. So when Gretchen emailed to ask about a potential collaboration, I squealed right there in the airport!
YES, YES, YES. This is exactly the vision I have for our little endeavor. Truly, I could not have hand-picked anyone more wonderful than she! She shares my love of texture, abstracts, clean lines, whimsical patterns; and a bright and airy aesthetic. So basically she’s the perfect “Crisp Girl”
Gretchen and I are working on some fun new projects to show you guys very soon; but in the meantime, G and I sat down recently to talk all things design:
1. Tell us a little bit about your background and how you fell in love with design.
Wow, where do I even begin with this one? My passion for design didn’t hit me until I got married and had a space of my own to invest in. My husband was in the Navy for the first 7 years of our marriage; so we moved around quite a bit. Each deployment I would spend my time and energy desperately trying to make our space feel cozy and perfectly inviting for his return (on a newly married, single income budget). With each move, the challenge of making our furniture work in the new space became a passion. Searching for inexpensive furniture to add to our space became an adventure! During one of our moves, I landed a job with Ballard Designs styling their quarterly floor-sets and began working on their “Design Dilemma” program. Followers would submit a design issue they had and I would respond with a solution. While working at Ballard I met an amazing designer who took me under her wing and expanded my knowledge of Interior Design and gave me an opportunity to work on some beautiful coastal projects. When my husband left the Navy, we moved back to Charlotte to be close to family at last! I am THRILLED to be partnering with Emily to continue to develop my passion to help and inspire each of you to fall in love with your homes!
2. Where do you get your inspiration?
I’ve been most inspired by the eclectic combination of places we have lived throughout the country. Until we moved back to Charlotte, we’ve always lived close to the beach (East and West coast) and that has played a huge part in my love for light airy spaces with lots of texture. When I am in a design rut, I always find Instagram to be an amazing source of inspiration. There are SO many talented designers out there that provide solutions for those tricky challenges of designing a home.
3. What’s your favorite part oft the design process?
After all the furniture is in and it’s time to really “style” the room! I am a minimalist, but I have a deep appreciation for the accessories that pull everything together. It’s the icing on the cake, really! Without them, the room is naked.
4. In your opinion, what three things does every well-designed space need?
Oh, this is tricky! It really depends on the room, but to keep it general I would go with great lighting (both natural and ambiance), something “vintage” or “collected,” and greenery/fresh flowers.
5. What advice would you give to homeowners who feel discouraged when their home doesn’t feel like all of the pretty Pinterest pictures? What small steps can they take?
Oh don’t we all struggle with this? Sometimes it’s so hard to show ourselves some grace and take a step back and have perspective on our homes. We are our biggest critics. Not every room is going to be photo worthy. Maybe there isn’t a single room that you are thrilled with. I totally get it! My best suggestion is to start with the most discouraging space and write down a list of things that irritate you the most. Slowly chip away at the improvements that you can manage on your own. Sometimes all it takes is a new paint color to brighten up a room, or removing the dark early ’90’s style drapery panels that are no longer your style (sometimes it’s better to have nothing than the one thing that bugs you). When you start working on every “issue” all at once, it’s hard to finish any one thing and then everything turns into an overwhelming mess. Don’t dig yourself into a hole. Take one room, one issue at a time and show yourself some grace. Before you know it each room will have a special place in your heart because you were intentional about making it work for YOU! Unless you are styling a room for the cover of Coastal Living, it won’t matter if it’s picture perfect, it just needs to be perfect for you and your family!
See? Told you she’s wonderful!
And wildly talented as well:
Stay tuned for some SUPER exciting news coming from G and me in the next few days. . .