If you liked yesterday’s chic chat with Laura Hodges, this gorgeous house tour will leave you swooning. This pretty in pink office is the stuff dreams are made of, and we are having serious office envy that we’re hoping to turn into office inspiration! We hope you enjoy every ounce of this stunning home as much as we did. Step inside and then take another peek so you don’t miss a single detail!
Thanks for spending your summer with Design Chic. We always love it when you stop by!
Good morning, chic readers! Great taste and great interview answers? We can’t think of a better combination.Colleen Waguespackreally wowed us with her heartfelt answers to our questions. We loved getting to know her better–and especially loved learning about the incredible Emerge Center that she led the Capital Campaign for. You’ll adore her as much as her gorgeous work! (Don’t miss the fab boat at the end. It will take you away no matter where you are today!)
1. How did you get started as a designer?
I grew up in New Orleans where the arts and cultural scenes are so strong and I was always fascinated by the creative expression that was all around me —- literally, everywhere! I went on to major in Interior Design in college and found that curriculum allowed me to incorporate my love of fine arts, graphic design, and architecture into one discipline. During college I took summer internships in Dallas and then in London and started out as a project designer in corporate architecture firms in Washington, DC once I graduated.
2.Where do you get your inspiration?
I probably look to fine arts more than any other area to get inspiration for my projects, though I am certainly looking all around me everywhere I go. A successful painting has to have the right balance, be expressive, and tell an entire story. I find a point in every vacation to sneak off to the nearest museum to study its collection. I love modern art just as much as the masters and in the Interior Design field, I’m equally comfortable and happy to work with antiques and with modern pieces.
3.Do you have a favorite project to date?
I do have a favorite project —- it’s one that’s close to home here in Baton Rouge, LA and it’s the client that I have worked with the longest since starting my residential Design career. In so many ways we have grown up together as we met the first day our sons started 1st grade together and now they’ll be seniors in high school next year. Our tastes have evolved together —- we’ve travelled, dieted, shopped, and raised our kids all the while working towards her dream home which we are finally finishing this year. At this point we laugh that we have “the same brain”. On our last trip to New York I insisted that she travel light and we showed up with matching pajamas and basically matching outfits for the duration of the trip.
4.What is the biggest challenge you face as a designer?
Time management. Running a successful business and managing a family – my husband and I have three boys – can be incredibly rewarding but it is definitely a challenge. In addition to my design firm Colleen Waguespack Interiors, I founded our home accessories business Fig & Dove. So let’s just say that my schedule is a busy one and I sometimes have to struggle to keep myself from being pulled in too many directions at once!
5. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment to date?
In 2012, with no previous experience in fund raising, I led the successful capitol campaign to build the Emerge Center: an early intervention center for children with speech and communication delays and autism, here in Baton Rouge. After living through the first five years of my middle son, Christopher’s diagnosis with autism, and running our extended family ragged getting him to different locations within the city as well as other states to get the therapeutic services he needed, I realized the best possible success for a child AND their family was to provide “all services under one roof”. Using this simple concept and setting up one-on-one meetings with donors to explain our mission, we were able to raise the funds needed and open the doors of the Emerge Center in under two years. Today the Center is thriving: it is a beautiful piece of architecture (so my previous design experience was put to good use), receives grants for research, has added a charter school , and most importantly is a warm and nurturing environment for families to get their children the critical care needed from experts in the field. I will always look back fondly on these years and hope all three of my boys never forget what we were able to accomplish. I always say, I have one son on the spectrum, but raised three boys on the playground of the Emerge Center.
6. Are there any designers that particularly inspire you?
I am always inspired and grateful to those designers who are successfully running a design studio as well as a retail shop that allow them to work from their carefully curated assortments. They take the time to travel globally and search for the one of a kind furnishings and accessories that add character and depth to our projects. Of those, my current favorites are Rose Uniacke (London), Margaret Naeve (Houston), and Amy Meier (Rancho Santa Fe). My historical favorite has been Vincent Wolf whose furnishings, accessories, and coffee table books have always found a way into my projects.
7. Go-to paint color?
Benjamin Moore/ Wind’s Breath/ OC-24. It has a chalky look and just the right amount of warmth to create a “white room” that is clearly not white. Everything looks good with it- antique furniture and modern- it’s the perfect backdrop.
Ebooks or hardbacks?
Hardbacks! I would never risk my electronics in the tub and I’m a tub and bedtime reader. I spend way too much time on my phone and like to think it’s put away before I get into bed.
M&Ms or Skittles?
M&M’s- with the peanuts! I steal all the little bags out of my kids’ Halloween candy.
Coffee or tea?
Coffee- and Cool Brew! New Orleans has always served true cold brew and I even still have an original “toddy” complete with the instructions showing a 1960’s housewife making it. I use coffee with chicory to make it extra thick, but the Cool Brew brand is authentic New Orleans.
Yes, of course, obviously, this is a fabulous home exterior. That goes without saying, right? But a Grand Wagoneer makes our hearts pitter pat every single time! It’s the perfect accessory for any driveway.
Hi, chic readers! We hope you had an amazing 4th of July–and we are so excited to bring you an interview with a designer we positively adore: Nina Magon! Find out how the talented founder of Contour Interior Designmade the transition from finance to interiors, why Zaha Hadid inspires her and the go-to white paint that she can’t do without!
1. How did you get started as a designer?
From a young age, I knew creativity was beckoning me, yet I double majored in Economics and Finance as that was the equitable thing to do. After obtaining my degrees, I felt something was missing, and decided it was time for me to follow my true passion. I believed fashion design was my forthcoming, and so I pursued another degree in fashion design. Slowly but delicately, I discovered Interior Design through my love for fashion and opulent things and realized the creation of emotion-provoking environments would be my true calling. With that, I realized that the luxury landscape of the world was widening, and that’s when Contour Interior Design was born.
2. Where do you get your inspiration?
Travel. Traveling around the world from the ripe age of 3 evoked a feeling of connectedness as I realized how small the world really was, yet how captivating and vast it could be.There are so many different design styles throughout the world, so by traveling, you get to open your mind to see design from each culture and you gain a very global view of design. With more of a global knowledge on the many diverse design styles, it allows you to create designs that blend the old with the new in a forward-thinking and modern way that is updated with the times of today.
3. Do you have a favorite project to date?
51fifteen restaurant inside of Saks Fifth Avenue in Houston, Texas. 51fifteen will always hold a special place in my heart because it was my first restaurant to ever work on and it propelled me to the luxury market of hospitality design. The group that hired me has presented my firm with an empty shell which really allowed us to use our creativity in a very expressive way. We completed all the interior architecture and design for the space.
4. What is the biggest challenge you face as a designer?
Having to say no to clients sometimes because of their budget. Many times clients come to us because they want a luxurious and unique experience, a space that would wow every person that walked in the door. They see our work and know we can deliver the modern and forward-thinking aesthetic they are trying to achieve, but sometimes their overall budget does not match their high level of expectations. When we know that we cannot deliver what the client wants for the budget they present, which would ultimately result in an unsuccessful project for both parties, we, unfortunately, have to say no. It’s honestly the hardest thing to turn down clients that really respect your work and aesthetic based on budget, but when you value your work then you know in the end you want your clients to be completely satisfied and happy.
5. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment to date?
To be selected to appear on NBC’s American Dream Builders in which 12 of the most notable, respected, and established designers and builders from around the country competed to win the title of the first American Dream Builder. I was a semi-finalist in this national competition and was praised for my high level of taste and aesthetics. The success and the exposure gained from being on TV propelled my career in the design world and elevated my name in the industry.
6.Are there any designers that particularly inspire you?
Yes, Zaha Hadid. Zaha Hadid is truly one of my greatest inspirations, in the fact that she constantly went against the grain and stood out by being different and staying true to aesthetic. She is widely seen as the greatest female designer of contemporary times, who reshaped design for the modern epoch – something difficult for women to do in her time. Against all odds and a great deal of prejudice, she broke one glass ceiling after another. Zaha Hadid will always be someone that I look up to because she was not scared of being different and instead embraced it, which made her work beautiful masterpieces that will go down in history.
Go-to paint color?
Pure White – Sherwin Williams. I know white is typically not a go-to paint color, but I love this color because it really allows you to achieve a sleek light and bright space. It also presents the opportunity for your walls to become blank canvases for bold art to be displayed without over-cluttering space.
Ebooks or hardbacks?
Hardbacks. The beautiful thing about hardbacks is that after you read them, you can use the books as decorative accessories for bookshelves and consoles.
M&Ms or Skittles?
M&Ms. I am a chocolate lover. They are the perfect little sweet snack to munch on during your workday.
Coffee or tea?
Tea. I have always been a tea drinker, there are so many different kinds and I really enjoy a calming tea in the afternoons to relax me after a long workday.
Good morning, chic readers! We hope you have the most amazing 4th of July holiday. We know we did! In the spirit of the season, we thought we’d share a few favorite cocktail recipes to keep you sipping in style all summer long.
Memorial Day week is officially here! And, yup, just like most things, it’s going to look a little different this year…But that doesn’t mean that we can’t still get out the hot dogs and baked beans and celebrate with our families. (Socially distanced and 10 at a time, of course!)
To get you in the celebrating spirit, check out ten of our favorite family rooms that are the perfect place to gather the ones you love most–even if it’s just for family movie night.
And if you can’t make it to the beach, at least you can look at it from the comfort of your family room. For indoor style, we don’t think it gets much better than these chic spaces. Which is your favorite?
“Feels Like Falling” by Kristy Woodson Harvey @kristywharvey was a definite 5⭐!!… This story has a dual POV, alternating between Gray and Diana. Gray just lost her mother to cancer! She is the CEO of her company and recently split from her husband who cheated on her. She goes to spend the summer at the North Carolina shore. Diana who loses her job at the pharmacy has just broke up with her boyfriend, moved out of their shared apartment and planning to just live in her car! Just so happens, Gray has a spare guest house and offers Diana to stay there. These 2 , very different women truly Bond and help each other through the hard times in their life. They learn so much about themselves, and what really matters in life! I loved both characters!! This story was sweet, dealing with love, loss, romance, motherhood, and life!! This truly was a perfect beach read. A very endearing, positive read.
Need a getaway today? We hear you! So do we! Fortunately for us, this stunning Vero Beach House, designed by Olivia O’Bryan and photographed by Jessica Glynn is a vacation in a few minutes. Stop, look, linger, savor. (And stay in your sweats!) Then, we urge you: Start again. There is so, so much to see.
Who wants to have margs by the pool later? We’ll see you there!
Or have your cocktail tonight any old place with bestselling authors Mary Kay Andrews, Mary Alice Monroe, Patti Callahan Henry, Kristin Harmel and me (Kristy Woodson Harvey). We’ll see you on tonight’s Friends and Fiction at 7 pm!
Please join me this Thursday, April 23 at 9am PST/12pm EST on the ELYSIAN Magazine Ignite Virtual Session: Choose Reading. We’ll be celebrating the forthcoming launch of my sixth novel, FEELS LIKE FALLING, alongside USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction and speaker, Susan Meissner and moderated by ELYSIAN Founder and Publisher, Karen Floyd. We will share and discuss unique yet overlapping stories of friendship, humanity and hope through literature. Attendance is free, RSVP here.
BIG NEWS!!! Next Tuesday, we are debuting a brand new series, right here on Design Chic: Blank to Beautiful. Each week, we’ll be interviewing our favorite designers, artists, writers and creatives right here, on video, for your viewing pleasure. Mark your calendars for the debut, next Tuesday, April 28!
Mom and I are both born and bred North Carolina girls. We lived in Manhattan for a while when I was little (Dad did, too. We didn’t leave him at home…), but, overall, we’re kind of good with small towns and slow paces.
But, every now and then, I think it’s natural to imagine what something else would be like, to dream of dashing off to your favorite big city to be in the middle of the hustle and bustle.
To trade carpool for walking to school, yards for rooftop decks and houses for brownstones.
If you’ve never imagined brownstone living, this exquisite one from Lisa Tharp might just change your mind.
The architectural details alone might be enough to convince us.
Every, single place you look, Tharp has created a home, has created a moment.
This is the kind of brownstone that you need to tour again and again to take in every lovely, luscious square inch of style.
It’s the kind of place that makes you think you could be made for city living, after all.
But, then again, there really is no place like home.
If I ever doubted that, last weekend at the Best of Our State Weekend, hosted by North Carolina’s incredibleOur State Magazine confirmed it. (If you’re thinking of moving here, one issue and you won’t be able to fathom living anywhere else. You’ve been warned.) One of my bucket list items has always been to speak at an Our State weekend, and, last weekend, I got to cross it off. The crazy part is, I never actually told anyone I wanted to speak there. It just happened. I love those moments best.
You know how sometimes you’ve wanted to do something for a long time and it isn’t as good as you thought? This was NOT one of those times. It was SO MUCH BETTER than I even imagined. Huge, huge thanks to Our State for having me, The Carolina Hotel in Pinehurst for hosting us, and, most of all, to the 800 amazing readers who showed up on their Saturday afternoon to cheer me on. Walking into 2020 so grateful!
Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic today. We always love seeing you here!
My next novel, FEELS LIKE FALLING, releases April 28, 2020! I can’t wait to share this tale of Gray and Diana, their unlikely friendship, their summer loves and their chance at happily ever after, the sequel, with all of you. It’s never too early to preorder from your favorite local bookstore or online retailer!
More About Feels Like Falling…
From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand) and the bestselling author of the Peachtree Bluff series comes an odd couple tale of friendship that asks just how much our past choices define our happiness.
In her warmest, wittiest, and wisest novel yet, Kristy Woodson Harvey delivers a discerning portrait of modern womanhood through two vastly different lenses. Feels Like Falling is a beach bag essential for Harvey fans—and for a new generation of readers.