Traveling is always an unforgettable experience full of wonder, inspiration, and freedom. Recently our Principal and Lead Designer (Karrie and Stephanie) took a much needed vacation exploring London, England and Paris, France! They both came back glowing but glad to be back in the States with their families and pets!
I sat down with them and asked a few questions about their trip (obviously living vicariously through them). By no surprise the majority of the questions were design related. How could they not be? We are Interior Designers!
Q: What were some of your favorite design related aspects of the trip?
Karrie: BISTRO CHAIRS! They were everywhere in a million different colors and designs and I wanted them all! It was also amazing to visit some of the greats like Notre Dame & Versailles. It was so incredible to be standing in something so majestic and well designed!
Stephanie: The flora on the facades of buildings. Everything was adorned! It was impressive to see how they used color on the exteriors of building. The cohesive pallets were breathtaking . Every place we went was overly designed, yet done so well. Nothing was missed and everything was carefully thought out from doors to hardware and trim.
Q: What were some Design Trends you noticed while exploring the cities?
Karrie & Stephanie:
Herringbone hardwood floors
Colored Doors & Exteriors. Pink seemed to be the popular color.
Intricate trim. Everywhere there was trim on trim on trim. All different colors & materials and most were made by hand dating back to the 17th century!
Hardware. The hardware was incredible. Every door you look at had something unique and different. (Karrie especially loved the door knobs in the center of the door!)
Adorned Ceilings and walls.
Brass. Brass utilized in every corner and it was wonderful!
Q: What was your overall take away from this trip?
Karrie: This trip made me realize the importance of slowing down and making more thoughtful decisions. Everyday we are pressured to rush through life or projects and when you really take time to think about it, Versailles was not built or designed in a day. It was a well thought-out process that took forty years to create!
Stephanie: The trip made me realize the importance of timeless design. Like Karrie said, Versailles wasn’t built in a day, it took years and because of that we can still go visit this great landmark today. I think its safe to say that back then they did it right. In today’s world (especially in America) things are so disposable- nothing is built to last.
Karrie and Stephanie also said how impressive it was to see other cultures and how they live. Everyone was present in the moment. They didn’t appear to be dependent on their technology. It was refreshing and inspired them to live a more meaningful life!