Here at Floor Coverings International Metairie, we are privileged to interview some of America’s leading designers and bloggers as part of our Designer Influencer Interview Series. Our goal is to give our readers valuable advice they can apply to their own lives and homes. In our latest interview, we are pleased to introduce Lisa of Lisa Mende Design. You can follow Lisa on Pinterest, Houzz, Bloglovin’, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, and Twitter.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I was born and raised in North Carolina. I graduated from Meredith College with a degree in Apparel and Business Management and worked for a while in advertising and the fashion world before returning to design school in my 30’s. I had always had a natural inclination towards design which I inherited from my mother. My dad was a product designer who made me aware of my environment from an early age. I can still remember the thrill of rambling through fabric shops as a child with my mother and dreaming about what we would create with the fabrics she had chosen. I constantly find inspiration for my work in nature and my environment. I like to really get to know my clients so that I can create environments for them that feel authentic and personal to them.
Why did you decide to start a blog?
I started my blog while on sabbatical from work after losing my oldest son. I didn’t want to be around people so the blog was a way for me to interact with people yet not be face to face.
What do you enjoy about blogging?
First and foremost I’m a designer and my blog allows me to share my love of interior design with my readers.
I have been so fortunate to meet many of my readers in person which is a lot of fun. I also enjoy researching various topics for the articles I post. I am a lifelong student and am constantly researching new products, companies and applications to share on my blog. The blog has afforded me travel opportunities such as Blogtour London and Frankfurt as well as Las Vegas, NYC and California. I am a member of Thermador Design Panel and DXV for American Standard Design Council. If I were not writing my blog I would not have the many relationships I have with industry people and companies throughout the country.
How would you describe your design style?
My style is casual luxury. I believe interiors can be beautiful and functional. Why have beautiful things if they are too precious to enjoy? I prefer traditional furnishings with a modern sensibility. I’m southern so I find comfort in tradition and heritage therefore I like to incorporate family heirlooms and antiques whenever possible in my designs which have meaning to the homeowner. If there are no heirlooms I always suggest buying antiques and creating your own to pass onto future generations. Our connection to our past is an important legacy to leave our children.
Where do you find most of your inspiration?
I find inspiration everywhere but when I design I typically begin a design concept based on original art and work from there to create the room. Art is so personal. I like to use all kinds of art from children’s school art to collector’s art. I constantly buy art when I travel as a special memory of a time enjoyed. If I had nothing in my home but walls lined with art and one comfy sofa I could be happy.
Tell us about a recent project you’re proud of.
I participated in The Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans with Traditional Home Magazine and Robert Leleux in May. It was a fantastic project celebrating Design in the south. I met so many designers from across the country whom I now call friends. I designed the guest cottage living room of the house using art from Ashley Longshore, a local New Orleans artist and antiques from Magazine Street mixed with fab furniture and accessories from my room wonderful room Sponsor, Ballard Designs. Ballard’s offers a custom design program which is available to designers and consumers alike. It is a great alternative for those who want a custom look at great prices and quality.