Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Hillary Thomas Good Shepherd Interview


Good Shepherd Center Interview: Hillary Thomas

Hillary Thomas believes that good design is not something off-the-shelf or necessarily one particular style. Rather, it’s an eclectic mix of the high and the low where inexpensive flea market finds and fine antiques can coexist effortlessly. Hillary believes in “wabi sabi"; the Japanese design terminology that means "finding beauty in the imperfect" resulting in interiors that are refreshing, surprising and intimate.

Originally from Locust Valley, Long Island, Hillary brings her passion for good design and open spirit to all her projects. Her goal is to bring out the inner-creative in even her most left-brained clients. Rooted in her belief that life is multicultural, multi-layered and inspiring, Hillary harmonizes her clients’ lifestyles, tastes and beloved objects into a well-designed and highly individual living space.


Hillary Thomas Designs was launched when Hillary collaborated with architect Mark Appleton to redesign and decorate a Spanish-style cottage in Santa Monica. Through that experience, a lifelong passion for design, decorating and color was realized. Since then, Hillary has been helping clients identify their true aesthetic and mixing it with her own great style to make something that is unique and all together different than the status-quo.


Hillary is in the process of launching several exciting home lines that reflect her East Coast background and love of different cultures. We were beyond excited that even with her busy schedule; Hillary took the time to answer a few questions about being a part of the Good Shepherd Center Design Project.

TP: How did you hear about the GS Design Project?

HT: From Vanessa De Vargas.

TP: Why did you choose to design a room?

HT: I’ve wanted to do a project like this for so long. Vanessa De Vargas had told me about the one she did last year which sounded so amazing. So I jumped on the opportunity to be involved this year.

TP: What do you think the biggest challenge of the project will be?

HT: Getting my vendors in to help me install and praying that everyone will be happy to lend their time!!

TP: Do you have an inspirational photo for this project?

HT: I actually don't! I just have a color scheme in mind. Maybe I need to find an inspiration photo… yikes!

TP: What are you most looking forward to with the project?

HT: Seeing it all completed and giving one of these ladies a comfortable pleasing room to find some peace in.

TP: All the rooms at Good Shepherd are dorm size, what advice or tip do you have for someone decorating a space this small? 

HT: I am a big fan of color but also know that I need to make this room a bit more serene for the women who will be living in it. So I will try not to overwhelm the space with too much going on.  I'll be using one print throughout and keeping it clean, simple and serene with an element of fun.

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