Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Good Shepherd Center Interview: Typhanie Peterson

Typhanie Peterson is an interior designer based in Orange County, and the editor of the blog Shoebox Décor. Typhanie’s passion for interior design was born from her love of fashion. After spending several years in the fashion industry her focus shifted toward interiors and became fascinated with creating spaces that are uniquely suited for her clients no matter the budget or size of their home. This desire led her to switch fields, and she has been working with interiors ever since. Typhanie creates interiors that are playfully polished and colorfully chic while balancing the old and the new. By using High-end and inexpensive pieces together, along with some great vintage finds she creates interiors that function with ease. Typhanie Peterson currently resides in sunny California with her ridiculously cool husband Lucas and their two cats Mr. Bigglesworth and Audrey Hepburn.

How did you hear about the GS Design Project?

Vanessa De Vargas posted a tweet asking for designers to participate and I jumped on board since I had such a wonderful time on the Upward Bound House Shelter Project.

Why did you choose to design a room?
I think it’s important to give back and help those who are going through a rough patch in life. If I can use my talents as an interior designer to create a space that will relax and inspire someone until they get back on their feet, then it’s the least I can do.

What do you think the biggest challenge of the project will be?
Donations! Trying to get items that will fit with the scheme that you have created in your head, then modifying the plan to work with the donations you have received.

What are you most looking forward to with the project?

Working with all the wonderful designers! While interviewing everyone I came to realize that there is an amazing group of designers on board with this project and I can’t wait to see all of their visions come to life.

All the rooms at Good Shepherd are dorm size, what advice or tip do you have for someone decorating a space this small?
I follow the motto “A place for everything so everything can return to its place”.

Have you ever participated in a project like this before?

Yes, I worked on the Upward Bound House project last year with Vanessa de Vargas.

What are some of the challenges in doing a project like this?
The Upward Bound House project was a challenge because of the short time period the rooms had to be completed in. Getting donations was also another big challenge.

What have you learned, not only about design but about yourself from doing a project like this?
No contractor can take the place of a loving husband and sister who are willing to do the dirty work for free.


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