Jun 16

The Art of Great Design, and How it Impacts Your Home

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If you follow along on Instagram you might have noted that I’ve signed my first interior design project post-baby and to say that I’m excited to get back to it would be a massive understatement. If I’m being completely honest, for the better part of the last year I wasn’t sure I’d ever feel the urge to create again (postpartum is such a trip!) so I’m particularly relieved that the desire has found me once more. 

I’ve spent a lot of time soul searching – really trying to figure out what my business might look like moving forward. And while there are still a lot of unknowns as I navigate balancing motherhood and a bustling design business, there’s one thing I know for certain and that’s that “fewer better things” is my new mantra. I’ve decided that I’m only signing on to “hell yes” projects and so far it feels really, really good.

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The truth is that my time is limited now more than ever, but really beautiful design fills me up like no other and the thought of slowing down and laser focusing on the quality of craftsmanship has helped reignite my desire to create once more. I have always been of the firm belief that incredible design can change the world, and have since been making it my mission to liaise with clients, suppliers, and companies who stand in that light alongside me. 

I was recently introduced to Carlisle Wide Plank Flooring, a leader in artisan-crafted hardwood flooring who believes as I do that details matter when it comes to design. Their products are true works of art, beautiful (oh my gosh are they ever beautiful!) but they’re also milled from the finest responsibly sourced timber in America with a level of craftsmanship that is virtually impossible to find these days. 

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Each floor is made one board at a time and as many as two dozen pairs of skillful hands will touch each piece by the time it makes its way into your home. It’s the kind of soul-fulfilling product that will have a lasting effect long after the design process is through. With mass production of wood flooring becoming the norm in this day and age, Carlisle’s process is virtually a lost art – one that is essentially unheard of in the industry today. It’s the kind of product I feel particularly aligned with lately. 

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In my fifteen years in the design industry, I can safely say that I’ve yet to take on a single project that hasn’t specified wood floors in some capacity. Wide plank hardwood flooring in particular has a way of grounding a space, creating a connection to nature that not only looks incredible but feels wonderful too.

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I love that no two pieces are the same, resulting in a space that has warmth, charm and character from the get go. Hardwood flooring is one of those foundational element that helps crate a cozy, layered, welcoming space that acts as a refuge and a place for restoration and renewal. Essentially, the M.O of great design, as far as I’m concerned. 

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Carlisle is truly one of the finest flooring manufacturers on the market. It is already transforming my relationship to hardwood and I’m fascinated by the incredible amount of detail that goes into every last piece. It’s an honour to be partnering with this wonderful company I cannot wait to specify their works of art to help bring that essential dose of soul, nature, warmth, comfort, and artistry into projects far and wide going forward. 11473-A5A0DE27-08E4-4503-84F5-2048A83CC099

{Flooring: Engineered, Rift & Quartersawn White Oak, Heirloom Grade, Prefinished Custom Stain}

[break]Thank you to Carlisle Wide Plank Flooring for partnering with me on this post, and thank YOU for supporting my partners. It means the world <3

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