Today I am so thrilled to share with you Interior Designer Meredith Heron. Meredith hails from Canada, where Im pretty convinced all the best design work comes from! I have stumbled across so many amazing spaces recently and nine times out of out ten they are from Canadian Designers (must be something in the water).
Meredith’s personal home:
The fabulous offices of MHD:
And those cowhides in the above photo? Those are her designs! Fabulous no?
Some of her recent projects:
And if your not following her on Instagram your missing out on her sneak peeks of projects she is working on.
And THIS: (as the heavens open up and sing…ahhhhhhh)
Here is what Meredith had to say:
ACI: When did you know that Interior Design was your passion?
MH: I’ve always known Interior Design was a passion of mine – my earliest memories involve wallpaper choices of my mother’s and furniture choices. It’s ingrained!
ACI: Where do you find your inspiration?
MH: Inspiration abounds in my world. I’m a very visual person and surprisingly not all designers are. Some are very practical and spatially focused. I’m obsessed with colour and pattern and am often overwhelmed with ideas. I’m never without my phone & have been known to take pictures of the strangest things that strike my fancy. This includes trying to capture the perfect smudge tones of a sunset in Palm Springs that required pulling over on the side of the road so I could get the shots just right.
ACI: What is your favorite book/magazine on design? How about your favorite site?
MH: This is a toughie. My favourite magazines are easier – the ones that publish my work of course…. Book wise it really depends. I love so many books and use them for different purposes. I find a lot of inspiration from Miles Redd’s Big Book of Chic of late. I also find that I go back to Celerie Kemble’s Black and White book a lot. Both designers do such luxurious work and are amazing at layering spaces to feel both lived in and well-decorated.
ACI: What is the most frustrating aspect of your job as a designer? And the most rewarding one?
MH: A constant frustration in design is balancing the wish list with the budget. With the advent of blogs and pinterest people are inundated with inspiration but they don’t properly appreciate what a finished space actually costs. Styled bookcases in a magazine can run you into the tens of thousands of dollars to make happen unless you have a plethora of items to shop from in your own home. I get regular requests for a cost on a carpet in my portfolio – people are shocked to discover it would cost them $21,000 to have the same in their home. It’s wool and silk. I’ve even had someone get mad at me for posting a room with such an expensive carpet on Houzz once. What makes up for this though is when clients trust us to create and execute a complete space that looks and feels like them in the end. Seeing their tastes and personal touches reflected back in the room is what makes a house a home. As Barbara Barry says, Designers are actually Humanitarians. I truly believe this.
ACI: What decorating techniques/ideas/projects would you recommend to a homeowner who wants a quick update to their space?
MH: I always recommend hiring a designer. It’s the best investment from a quick update to long term design projects. We have clients hire us for a few hours to come back in seasonally and freshen up their homes. It’s done with a curator’s eye and it is amazing what a professional designer can do to your existing space without spending a ton of money on extras.
ACI: What’s something you should never skimp on when decorating your home?
MH: A general rule of thumb is to always buy the best that you can afford or to hold off and wait until you can afford to invest in quality. To that end, I don’t think you should ever skimp on lighting. Good Lighting can’t be faked unless you are really super talented and even then it has a 50/50 chance of looking like lipstick on a pig.
ACI: What’s your favorite color combination lately?
MH: My preferred palettes well they are all grounded in navy or indigo. It is my neutral of choice. From there I vary things up. If a client prefers a more monochrome scheme, I layer in greys and creams and then accent with a mix of metals. If a client is gutsier I will work with magentas and mauves. Others love a mix of brights – citrine or kelly green are a fave with indigo. We are currently working on presenting a nursery colour scheme to a client and it’s corals, blush pinks, mineral blue and indigo.
ACI: What is your most cherished possession? What would your dream project be?
MH: I feel guilty not immediately answering my family but they aren’t exactly a possession. Does my St Laurent Bag count? Does that make me shallow? I couldn’t live without my phone. I love stuff but I don’t need it. Oh wait, don’t let my husband hear that. Jeez that would be bad. I suppose it’s really hard to say because I try and practice what I preach and surround myself with things and people that I love. I think that serves you well in life.
“lipstick on a pig”- ha! love that!! You can also follow Meredith’s blog- Sashay for fun insight into her projects! Thank you Meredith for joining us today!!