my interview with Lulu DK

It is weird (and sometimes cool) to have PR firms write us from time to time.  They will want us to post about an upcoming designer showhouse or a new product or an upcoming event.We turn down most requests because I care about our readers and don’t want to pimp y’all out.

Companies ask us to post about their products or link to them in our writing and I always say no.  Could you not smell it from a mile away if we were only posting for $???

That being said, you know I post:

1.  because I love it and have a lot to share, and

2.  because we hope potential clients will like our work and hire us.

So, we are hoping to generate money, but not by posting about just any-old-thing because they are offering to pay.

 

That being said, the opportunity to interview Lulu DK came via OpenSky, a fairly new online shop which features Lulu’s creations.  Her choices are lovely (and I think y’all will like them)….but I mostly jumped at the chance to interview someone I look up to!

When preparing my questions, I thought of what I would ask her if I was having a cocktail with her.  Yes, about her business….but about her inspiration and about being a working mother, too.  (Which I really struggle with, to be honest.)

So, enjoy….

Were either of your parents in design or the arts?

After the war, my father sold sculptures on the side of the road in Italy to make ends meet. My mother was always a passionate painter. She had a flair for making everything around her beautiful. Her passion for life around her was contagious.

 

(her dining room featured in Lonny)

If not, did you know early in life you were an artist, or did it come later?  ….did you study art formally or did you study something else and later realize this was your passion?

I knew early in life I wanted to be a painter. (not to boast, but I won all the high school art awards ;-) I graduated high school a year early to go to Parsons School of Design…so my creative career was paved from pretty early on. I feel blessed to have had this….every day.

her wallpaper below—in her home via Lonny

Any tips you can give my readers who are just starting out?  In your first year or two of design–what did you do that brought attention to your work?  How did you get your textiles “out there”?

I wasn’t always sure exactly “what” I wanted to do or be in the arts…it took a few twists and turns. I went to Parsons for Fashion and graduated Fine Arts and Interior Design and then went to Paris and studied Tromp l’oeil, the Tromp l’oeil turned to fabrics, it wasn’t always a golden road…it was and is a lot of work…my recommendation is that you have===MUST===have a passion for what you do, in order to carry you through the not as much fun parts…running a business has its challenges. Love what you do and it all is worth it.

As an artist & mother…you can never really “turn” either off–creativity is always happening and I am sure your boys always need you.  Can you really ever balance the two?

Of course. It isn’t always easy and I cant always get it all done (the “surfing the web” and watching a film, regular trips to the gym or museum or shopping trip has come to a near stop)…you have to pick and choose and prioritize time….it makes a business trip to NY a luxury…sitting on the plane in the middle row becomes a vacation….perhaps it is all good on our perspectives of life!

(her sons below in their breakfast nook as featured in Lonny)

 

Do you have an office in the home, or do you find you work better if your studio is elsewhere?

Always home. I have to be in the middle of it all.

 

(a vignette in her home)

 

We loved seeing your home featured in Lonny–do you have any rules you follow in decorating, or is it totally an intuitive process?

Totally intuitive…and sometimes a hit or miss ;-)

 

Do you ever consider doing interiors for others?

 

(I am sure your friends ask!) Sometime I think it would be fun, but in the long run it’s not for me… I l am a painter at heart….maybe a room or two.

 

Difficult question, but will you name your 3 favorite interior designers and why?

Jeffrey Bilhuber…because he always get it right on with the modern, comfortable and classic.

Tom Sheerer, they both just seem to have it (I actually worked for Jeffrey Bilhuber and Tom Sheerer when they worked together.

Albert Hadley…I will forever love

 

Favorite book and musician(s) of late?

I love Cantano Velaso…my favorite book…it’s a bit boring to say, but I have been reading a bunch of books on child upbringing. I always thought I had it ingrained in me…call it natural motherhood instinct, but I have realized with twins who are about to turn 4 and an 18 month old, that there are a few things to be learned.

 

There is a great book called My Competent Child by Jules Jere (I think that is his name…my internet is down right now in the little island where I am in Italy…sorry)

(she probably means this by Jesper Juul)

 

I love the oyster shell mirror you chose for your OpenSky collection–obviously inspired by your love and life at the sea :)   Will you share a bit on your inspiration in choosing items for your OpenSky selections for people who adore your work (like me).

 

 

I love the sea and beach and think there should be a little bit of it in every house to give the sense of freedom and travel and escape and all things that sound like the sea is whistling outside your window!

Okay–love her even more now.
Here are a few more items you can buy on OpenSky….

 Go here to view her stuff on OpenSky and view her profile.
Thanks, Lulu!
Julie

Atlanta Barlett is so good

Taking a little break, I have had time to go through some of the books I’ve bought that I haven’t had time to read yet (or at least look at the pictures).  I am so loving Atlanta Bartlett’s Pale & Interesting.  I think she is my favorite.  No one else encapsulates everything that I love about design:  white, wood, light, sparkle, textiles, simplicity.

These pictures are from my phone, so to see the pages in all their glory you’ll need to buy it!

The under-shelving lights add so much character….not to mention the blue range.  In love!

So much so that I think I want this in our next home–the AGA range in pistachio.

a gorgeous & simple bathroom:

Look at the shelf that she has filled with books overhead.  Great storage idea…and adds so much personality!

 

And I know it is hard to see, but the backsplash behind the cooktop is a sheet of ice green glass.  She is such the master of mixing materials.

 

and not afraid of toile.

And I am definitely painting my next clawfoot tub.  Not kidding–I love this!

 

This simple vanity is packed with style:  wall mount faucet, modern sink, old console.

I bet people call her shabby chic–but I wouldn’t.  I think she is so much more than that!  Sometimes people may call me shabby–but I really don’t think I am either (our bedroom below):

 

Well, I guess you can call it whatever you want….but her use of white, old & worn materials and soft fabrics just speak to me.  If you love it, too, this book won’t disappoint.

Still, my favorite of hers is Easy Elegance. A little edgier.

Thanks for all of your kind words as I shift more into decorating and less of blogging.  You are the best.

Julie

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