Faux-cus on the Pros is the series where we talk to different professionals in the design world. I met Interior Designer Carrie Chavez Hansen at the Design Bloggers Conference in Los Angeles. We hit it off right away: we gabbed, we texted each other during the conference, we drank a lot of coffee together — she’s a fun person, let me tell you. In addition to her design practice in Colorado, she is also the host of the Design Talk Radio program, airing every Wednesday at 2PM, EST. The show recently launched their Winter season and I am so glad to have had a chance to catch up with her.
Carrie Chavez Hansen is extremely passionate about all things interior design and love the creative process. Armed with a degree in Interior Design, she has sought to gain as many varied experiences as she could over the last 16 years: furniture and design showroom retail, window displays, contract work for a kitchen and bath company, designed and consulted special events and work alongside brilliant designers while honing her skill set for Studio C Interior Design.
Her company has since taken on beautiful residential and commercial contracts. She is currently in the final stages of a huge design project (18,600 sf) for the Colorado Springs Conservatory, a performing arts school.
Private voice studio at the Colorado Springs Conservatory.The instructor is an opera singer, so she wallpapered one wall in her studio with covers from Opera News magazine from the early 1960′s through the current decade.
She launched her online radio show, aptly named Design Talk Radio. The focus of the show is to provide interior solutions and lifestyle inspiration through interviews with various artists, other designers, authors, and anyone she finds fascinating. Time to turn the tables and interview her!
Where do you see interior design heading in the future?
I see interior spaces and the attention they are given becoming even more relevant in the future. Aside from the desire to live in beautiful spaces, I find it more important to live in a space that feels good and feels right for you and is appropriate for your lifestyle.
What are some of the coolest materials you’ve come across?
I say this with complete honesty and without any prodding from Regina. One of the coolest materials is your patina mirrors. I love that you are experimenting with materials and colors to produce something unique and custom. I am a huge fan of both color and texture. While the mirror is a sleek surface, there is a certain visual texture that is created with the pattern and colors of the mirror. Very k-o-o-l indeed.
What are some of the best Design Talk Radio podcast moments you’ve had?
My favorite moments have been those where a guest and I have really gotten passionate about a topic, shared some good belly laughs, and delved into personal stories of their life journeys. Everyone has a story and I really dig learning things about people and then sharing that story with listeners. It’s a privilege for me to share time with really cool people and educate people about design at the same time.
Carrie interviewing David Easton in New York at Blogfest 2011. She says of the celebrated Mr. Easton, “He is an amazing designer and a hoot to chat with!” Here is the archived link of that chat.
What sound would you miss if suddenly unable to hear it?
My favorite sound in the entire universe is that of water in a stream or river. The sound of water moving about whether in a stream, a waterfall, or the vast ocean creates its own rhythm, its own voice. It becomes a sort of dance unto itself while at the same time being the very music of that dance. It is a sound that speaks to my soul and I would dearly miss it.
Do you prefer quiet or vivid artworks?
While there are certainly places for quiet art, I have found myself really drawn to more vivid pieces lately. They can be simple, dramatic or whimsical; the key element for me is color and the way the pieces make me feel.
If you were paid to write a new book on any subject you wished, what would it be about?
I am actually in the process of writing a design and lifestyle book. The vision for my book is the connection between the space we live/work in and its connection to our soul. I believe a true awareness of this connection can make an enormous difference in our lives. I plan to finish the book in early 2012 and launch it in the Spring.
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I hope you enjoyed the interview! To keep up with Carrie, do check out her Facebook fan page as well as her Design Talk blog. She also has a list of archived interviews for Design Talk Radio, including one with Melanie Royals and yours truly. I look forward to her upcoming book, too. Have a great day!
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