Heather has always loved design and being creative. She graduated from the Art Institute of Charlotte with a BA in interior design. From there she landed her first job out of college as a food service consultant and it was not the glamorous interior design job that she had hoped. However, it paved the way for her to become an expert in restaurant design and eventually lead her into interiors. She currently work for a design firm that specializes in commercial kitchens and restaurants and works on residential projects on the side. She loves all aspects of design and likes that she has a chance to do both commercial and residential.
We know you love designing, but what about it do you love most?
I love when at the end of a project I get the "Wow" moment or "I love it." No matter how difficult the project is from start to finish those words at the end are worth it. I also love creating something from nothing and making spaces that people enjoy spending time in.
Describe your ideal project:
My ideal project is when the client trust me fully with everything! Sometimes they may not like a particular piece of furniture or a fabric I have chosen yet when they see it within the whole space they usually end up loving it. I had a client for a restaurant project I was working on who was dragging his feet making decisions or purchasing items. I finally ended up going a head and purchasing these huge chandeliers for the space and had them delivered to the restaurant. When the boxes arrived and I opened them all I got was a "no" he did not like them at all!! I told him to trust me and had them all installed and once they were up and didn't seem a massive in the space, he loved them!!
From where do you draw most of your inspiration?
Pinterest....a lot of pinterst and Houzz, instagram, and blogs. We're lucky to live in a time where social media is the forefront of everything and we're able to share design ideas. I also look at a lot of design magazines and when I'm out I take photos of designs I love like if I see an awesome set of chairs in a hotel lobby that I don't want to forget or a soffit design above a bar. I probably look crazy sometimes, once I crossed the velvet rope at Versailles just so I could feel the wallpaper