Sunday, May 8, 2011

Good Shepherd Center Interview: Irene Lovett


Good Shepherd Center Interview: Irene Lovett

Irene Lovett started designstILes as a hobby while working at Kahi Lee Lifestyle. Initially a forum showcasing the designs of her new home, the site began to grow in both scope and followers. DesignstILes soon became an independent business, focusing on clientele with limited budget but unlimited imagination. Inspired by vintage design and harmonic pops of color, Irene leaves an indelible stamp on each project, and a personal feel within every home. Additionally, Irene's talents and passion for cuisine have inspired her to create a vast array of tablescapes, ranging from picnic chic to Christmas swank. 

Irene is thrilled to be a part of the GSCDP, which is easy to see based on her responses during our interview.

TP: How did you hear about the GS Design Project?
IL: I follow Vanessa De Vargas on twitter and when she tweeted about it, I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of.

TP: Why did you choose to design a room?
IL: I started assisting Vanessa in her design business, hoping to help her out with her room and then one day she asked if I'd be interested in doing a room myself. Um, yeah! I was actually really nervous about getting on board because I wasn't sure if I'd be able to handle this type of project. I realized I need to let go of that fear and go for it. And now, I'm pumped. Game on.

TP: What do you think the biggest challenge of the project will be?
IL: Definitely the donations. I'm a newbie in the design business and don't have as many contacts as say, some of the other designers may have, so I'm hitting up my friends. So far, it's been less of a challenge than I anticipated. Fingers crossed that I continue to receive more donations. Hint, hint.

TP: Do you have an inspirational photo for this project?
IL: No, not yet. I have a mental picture, though.

TP: What are you most looking forward to with the project?
IL: Creating an inspiring space for women who aren't necessarily familiar with Interior Design. I'd like for these women to say, "Oh wow, this is nice. I want this to be my room."

TP: All the rooms at Good Shepherd are dorm size, what advice or tip do you have for someone decorating a space this small? 
IL: Don't feel restrained by the size and have fun with it. Sometimes a small space allows you to be more creative.

TP: What do you think are some of the challenges of doing a project like this?
IL: Because this is my first time doing something like this, finding someone to help me paint and hang things up will be a challenge. Plus getting all my furniture down to the location will be a multiple trip process. I hope several of these items will fit in my car.

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