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Designer Q & A

Here at Luxe, what we do is take care of people. We ask the right questions and take the time to listen, we are interested in you and making your house a home. We answer your phone calls. We check and return your emails. We follow up with you and have dedicated customer service at your disposal. Design to us is about relationships and we value yours.

Since we are usually the ones asking the questions, we thought it would be fair to turn the tables on the designers and answer some you may have about us.


Elizabeth


Where did you grow up and what brought you to Southeastern North Carolina?

I grew up in Edmond, Oklahoma, a northern suburb of Oklahoma City. After knowing that I wouldn’t be coming back after going to college in Virginia, my small family followed me to this side of the world and landed in Wilmington. It’s amazing to think my son has grown up at the beach and I grew up amongst the wheat fields.


How do you think 2020 has changed or influenced design for 2021?

I think after 2020 we are all craving spaces that are not just comfortable but also comforting. For each of us that can be different, but the common denominator is coziness.


What do you enjoy most about being a designer?

I’ve enjoyed meeting so many people who are on a new adventure. A lot of our clients have just moved here, and the best part is getting to see them make a new home and be excited about all the possibilities that lie ahead. After about six months of working with someone all the sudden they have made connections and their calendars are booking up. It’s fun and an honor to work with so many wonderful people.


Is there anything you always put in a room?

I love to put something that is whimsical or playful in a room. Our homes should bring us joy every day. I like to look around a space and see something that brings a smile to my face.


Where do you go for design inspiration?

I have found myself, like many others, gobbling up streaming media this year. I realize I’m watching it for things to look at as much as the stories. I have been inspired by the furnishings and costumes from Bridgerton, Nicole Kidman’s wardrobe in The Undoing and everything about The Queen’s Gambit.


What’s the one thing we’ll never find in your home?

I’d never say never…but a room that is finished. I always have something that I’m working on and it’s never quite finished. What is the parable about the cobbler’s kids having no shoes?

Julie


Where did you grow up and what brought you to Southeastern North Carolina?

I am a native of Southeastern NC and spent my childhood summers playing in the waves up and down our coast! After college and some time in Charlotte it was time to return to the beach. I have loved living in Wilmington for the past 20 years and really can’t imagine being anywhere else.


If you could go anywhere and eat anything what would it be and where?

I REALLY love good food, so this is a hard one! If I wanted to relive one of the favorite meals, I would hop on a plane and fly straight to Denver, reserve a table at ChoLon, and order their pork belly buns and soup dumplings. So darn good.


If you weren’t a designer what would you be?

I would like to think I would own a local yarn shop. Knitting is my favorite past time and greatest stress reliever, so it only makes sense! Much like interior design, fiber arts involve color theory, pattern and scale…. Not to mention I would be surrounded by creative people constantly!


What do you enjoy most about being a designer?

I would say forming relationships with my clients and seeing their reaction to having their rooms evolve and truly become a reflection of them on install day. Their reactions are priceless.


Is there anything you always put in a room?

I encourage a little bit of greenery in every room. Plants, flowers and trees add relaxed and personal touch. If you don’t have a green thumb a really good faux plant will do the trick.

Kaylee


Where did you grow up and what brought you to Southeastern North Carolina?

I grew up in the Great Plains region of Minnesota. Lifestyle changes brought me to NC and the ocean and weather have kept me here.


How do you think 2020 has changed or influenced design for 2021?

We need to be comfortable. Cozy fabrics, reclining seating, soft rugs; we’re thinking about all the time we spend in our homes. It has to be comfortable as well as good looking. We’re also ready for color, bring on pattern and vibrancy!


What was the most rewarding project you have worked on?

A very sweet couple worked hard and we did their entire home install in one day while they were away. The husband carried his wife over the threshold and into their new home. Happy tears followed. It was so rewarding to see my clients love their home and all the hard work pay off.


What do you enjoy most about being a designer?

The people. I love meeting people and hearing about their lives and what brought them here. I’ve enjoyed gaining friendships I never would have without being a designer. I also love sharing my knowledge and inspiring people to move out of their comfort zone.


What’s the one thing we’ll never find in your home?

Furniture you have to babysit. We live in and use every inch of our home. Usability is key.

Deb


Where did you grow up and what brought you to Southeastern North Carolina?

I grew up on Long Island, NY where our family bought and flipped houses and moved every 3-4 years. I loved vacationing here for the ocean and palm trees!

If you could go anywhere and eat anything what would it be and where?

Bar Harbor, Maine for a lobster clambake!


What do you enjoy most about being a designer?

I enjoy the artistic expression and getting people excited about designing their rooms.


Where do you go for design inspiration?

Magazines like Architectural Digest or Pinterest.


Is there anything you always put in a room?

Fresh flowers or plants.

Emily

Where did you grow up and what brought you to Southeastern North Carolina?

I grew up in West Michigan right on the lakefront. I moved to Wilmington for school and fell in love with the people and the beauty of the ocean. I love the water and being close enough to enjoy it everyday was one of the main reasons I decided to move to Wilmington.


If you could go anywhere and eat anything, what would it be and where?

If I could go anywhere and eat anything I would travel to Venice, Italy. I would sit on the canal and find the most recommended local eatery. One of my favorite ways to find places to eat is by asking around and getting to know the area.


What do you enjoy the most about being a designer?

I enjoy the ability to be creative and endless opportunities to meet new people and help them design the space of their dreams. Working with someone and being able to bring their vision to life is something I look forward to with each project.


Where do you go for design inspiration?

When I look for inspiration I look at magazines, the High Point Market showrooms and social media to name a few. Seeing design trends and other designers interpretations through photographs has been big this year. All designers have a different take on a style or trend and social media has allowed me to see real time design projects and styles that are new and current.


What’s the one thing we’ll never find in your home?

One thing you won’t find my home is velvet fabric. I have a big 90 pound dog that I love! But, his hair gets caught or sticks to EVERYTHING. Velvet is beautiful and if I could have it in my home I would in a heartbeat.

Joni

Where did you grow up and what brought you to Southeastern North Carolina?

I grew up in a small town in Texas, but I have lived in the north, west and south. Recently relocated to Leland from Florida to be closer to family and enjoy the beach and mild seasons.


If you could go anywhere and eat anything, what would it be and where?

I would go on a boat into the ocean and catch and eat fresh fish. Or a really good seafood restaurant -bonus to have view of the ocean.


How do you think 2020 has changed or influenced design for 2021?

Spending so much time in our homes in 2020 has made our spaces our safe haven. Rooms in our homes once unused have become gyms, offices and even learning areas.


Where do you go for design inspiration?

I can usually find inspiration everywhere, but going to Highpoint market is always a good visual for me to see the new introductions.


What was the most rewarding project you have worked on?

I had the opportunity to work with Extreme Home Makeover to rebuild 7 houses in Joplin, Missouri after a tornado destroyed the town.


At Luxe we are full of solutions from the most straight forward room to a space that seems impossible. Whether you are full of ideas or have drawn a blank, we know the right questions to ask and are ready to listen to you. Come in today and we can help you create the space you are imagining from start to finish.



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