At Floor Coverings International of Mooresville, we love bringing you creative insight and perspectives from bloggers who are kind enough to share their wisdom and how they got started. Today we have an interview with Lisa, interior designer and longtime blogger at Lisa Mende Design.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am a North Carolinian through and through. I was born, raised and educated in North Carolina and continue to live in this glorious state today! I grew up in the small town of Newton Grove, NC and still think of myself as a small town girl even though I have lived in Charlotte, the largest city in North Carolina for the past twenty + years. My first degree was in apparel design and I often find myself accessorizing a room much the same way I would an outfit. I like to start wth a classic foundation and add accessories that can be easily changed to create a new look. This effort can work as well with fashion as it does with interiors, and is often done with the change of seasons. For me, life is about the details, I will obsess about the trim on a drapery, or the dressmaker details of a suit. The best outfits and rooms are achieved with the proper edit.
Why did you decide to start a blog? What do you enjoy about blogging?
I’ll tell you the truth about my blog origin only if you don’t feel sorry for me. I started my blog while grieving the loss of my 22 yr old son who suffered a fatal accident while kayaking his senior year at Auburn. The blog was a way to communicate with people without meeting face to face. It was a place for me to purge my creative passions and gave myself something positive to focus on while I was in a low point in my life. The love blogging because I genuinely enjoy promoting others and sharing things I love. Through my blog I can share great products I have found and talk about fabulous friends in the industry.
How would you describe your design style?
The best way to describe my style is casual luxe with a little bohemian vibe. I adore vintage things and add them whenever I can. Often when working with clients, I will dig out something they had hidden away that belonged to Grandma Maude, which they couldn’t bear to part with but didn’t quite know how to repurpose to use in their decor.
Where do you find most of your inspiration?
I am inspired by the everything. The other day I was driving through the car wash and I took a picture of the crazy colors that were formed by the soap which might become a fabric one day. I am a closet photographer and am constantly snapping photos with my iphonewhich capture colors in nature that become color palettes for client projects. I am also inspired by children’s art. I think the naive way they mix colors is often brilliant.
Tell us about a recent project you’re proud of.
The project I am most proud of is the Hooper-Kyser House in Chapel Hill. My dear friend, who is now deceased bought the house in 2012. It is the oldest house in Chapel Hill and a true beauty. Recently it was published in Southern Cottages magazine. I enjoyed the project because I felt like we were preserving history. It was also special to me because it brought great joy to my friend whom we lost unexpectedly this past July.