As many of you know I’ve recently taken steps to learn more about interior design and decor and am now studying Residential Decor to follow my passion and love for interior decorating – it’s been so.much.fun!!
I also love picking up new design and decor tips and tricks from the pros!
So I was thrilled when recently I had the opportunity to interview Shauna, designer and owner of Satori Design for Living!
1. Hello Shauna and Welcome! Share with us a little about your background and your work!
I was fortunate to grow up on a farm, where I developed a good work ethic and love of craftsmanship at a young age. My dad was (and still is) an entrepreneur, my mom a banker and ambitious homemaker. It’s here that I learned to be creative and first developed an interest in design. After completing a degree in human ecology, studying such topics as art history, textile science and design, I further went on to obtain my after-degree in education, a field I worked in until the end of the school year in 2008. Over the years, I decorated each home we lived in using a creative and budget-friendly approach (out of necessity), and solved countless design dilemmas for friends and relatives, all while being a busy professional, wife, and mother. Eventually, after what I can only describe as truly listening to my heart and following my passion, I took a huge leap of faith and left behind the world of education.
I fully immersed myself in interior design and decorating, taking courses in color theory, professional organizing, business of design, space planning, and more. In September 2008, I integrated everything I had learned about design, business, and life (and a lot of DIY), and founded Satori Design for Living.
2. How would you describe your decorating style and design philosophy?
I’d describe my style as classic with a bit of an edge. Spaces I decorate tend to be comfortable and liveable, mostly neutral with pops of color. Homes are a very important part of my life, whether I’m talking about my own or working closely with clients to bring out the best in theirs. I believe that when we put life into our homes, our homes will give us life.
Outdoor Brunch Tablescape
3. Which designers do you love and why?
I’ve always admired Sarah Richardson for her high/low, non-cookie cutter approach. She knows who she is and isn’t afraid to show it. Also, the fact that she’s self-trained shows that you either have an eye for design or you don’t, and a piece of paper won’t determine that.
An up and coming designer I admire (and I’m happy to call my friend) is Amanda of Amanda Carol Interiors. Her style is updated traditional, and truly I love it!
4. What impression do you hope to have on people when they’re visiting your home for the first time?
I want people to feel welcomed and comfortable the minute they walk up the steps to the front door. My hope is that they get a sense of who we are by the relaxed and casual way our home is decorated, and notice the details we’ve carefully chosen to show our personalities and tell our story.
5. Where do you begin when you work with a client to create a stylish and comfortable space that fits their needs?
I always start by getting to know the client’s personality, lifestyle, and what the purpose or intention for the space is. Style and color preferences follow.
6. How do you determine a paint palette for an entire home, room by room?
Flow is always important. In the common areas of a home, I always try to repeat colors. However, the prominence of that color varies from space to space. For instance, a powder room may be painted a soft lilac color (which may be the client’s favorite) with white and gold accents. The living room may have white walls and purple drapes. Perhaps the kitchen has white cabinets, soft blue-grey walls and dishes in different shades of purple on an open shelf. Not everything matches, but there’s a common thread throughout.
Satori Design for Living // Color Crush Lilac
Thanks so much Shauna for sharing all of your savvy designer tips and tricks with us!!