This week, let’s get to know local interior designer, Colleen Slack…
1. Favorite artist – Jen Corace
2. Favorite design style – I gravitate towards pieces with clean lines from different periods mixed with organic, lux and industrial objects for texture. Pops of color and graphic prints against a neutral base always make me happy.
3. Favorite home accessory – artwork that speaks to your personality. I’m a big fan of framing photos from trips or a hobby because they make your home more personal, and they also are great conversation starters. (“Where was this taken? When did you go to Greece/ the Boundary Waters/ California?”)
4. Favorite color – Orange (green and brown are close favorites)
5. Guilty pleasure – TV and sweets (peanut butter M&Ms and good caramel corn rank high on the list)
6. Favorite museum – Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in New York City. They highlight everything from vintage typewriters and Paul Revere silver work to contemporary graphic design.
7. Favorite restaurant design – I ate a magnificent dinner at a restaurant in Hakone, Japan with a window wall that looked out into the tree tops that had been lit to glow at night. The interiors had beautiful wallcoverings and refined woodwork that created a magically sophisticated, elegant environment.
Locally, I was impressed with the clean, approachable design of Mill Valley Kitchen in St. Louis Park. All of the design decisions from the wood finish on the floors and the tiles on the walls to the sconces and window treatments work together to convey a warm, approachable and crisp vibe. It feels like a really nice home breakfast room that was blown up to restaurant scale without losing the comfortable charm. The purse racks are brilliant too!
8. Best place to shop for home furnishings (high and/or low end) – IMS is obviously a great resource for designers with options across the price spectrum. For retail purchases, Crate & Barrel, Room & Board and Dwell Studio all have good design at approachable price points. Just be sure to mix and match – like your wardrobe, don’t wear only one designer head to toe.
9. Your go-to spot for inspiration – My bookshelves stacked high with design magazines. I love the rush of finding a little detail in a room and seeing how that nugget of an idea could be completely transformed into something fabulous in my project. For example, in different magazines I might love the piping on a pillow, the colors of a painting, and the finish on a metal railing, and decide to combined those elements in a single sofa through fabrics and leg style.
10. Favorite must-read book – I’m a lifelong fan of “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen.
11. Design icon – Elsie de Wolfe was the first designer I studied back in high school. Our styles are different, but I appreciate that she was a fearless pioneer. Thomas O’Brien does classic meets modern in a way I enjoy.
12. Name of business – Fox Interiors
13. Years in the design world – 4 years as an Interior Designer, 10 years before that as a Land Use Planner, Cartographer and Graphic Designer (the first two were focused on design at the macro scale, interior design is the micro scale in comparison)
14. Business website – www.colleenfoxinteriors.com