Shannon Green, luxury interior designer in Dallas, gives insight into her design inspiration during the holiday season
Home decor is BIG during this time of year. What are your do’s and dont’s when decorating during the holiday season?
Shannon Green: Decorating for the holidays in Dallas is Christmas on another level. Prior to starting as an interior designer, I worked as a professional Christmas decorator, and learned a lot of the “how-tos” in Holiday decorating. If I client has personal ornaments or hand-made creations from their children or past memories, I like to dedicate one tree to that – the “fun” tree, and have that in an area like the family room where it can be enjoyed by the family. For a main focal point tree (or mantle garland or stair railing garland), I like to stick to about three colors to keep the décor classic and timeless. I typically pick neutrals for a christmas tree (gold, silver, green) which allows you to put more ornaments on trees and garlands without overwhelming the space. I always add additional branches to stick in the tree and garland to add volume and a little sparkle for added depth. The key is layering – placing large ornaments on the interior of the tree and smaller ornaments on outside limbs. A “don’t” in my decorating rules: Don’t let ornaments hang crooked – they must hang straight.
Fulfilling each clients unique vision is tough so how do you respond to changes from clients when carrying out the project?
Shannon Green: Projects can be overwhelming to clients, especially if it is their first go-around with an interior designer. I always educate the client prior to starting design so that we eliminate or greatly minimize the risk of redesigning or changing a scheme in the future. However, the client is in the drivers seat, and if a design needs tweaking or finessing as the project develops, I listen to their concern and come up with another option that still keeps the integrity of the original design, but incorporates the new element the client is wanting. Rarely do I have a client that completely changes their mind and wants a new-design completely. Educating from the begin inning and developing a scheme together that is personal to their style keep me from having to make changes along the way.
Tell us about your workspace, what happens at the office during this time of year?
Shannon Green: The end of the year is always crunch-time and usually deadline for a clients project; “I have to have it ready by Thanksgiving” or “I am hosting Christmas Eve dinner” is the typical scenario. This time of year the office is very busy. Projects are piled high on desks and multiple projects are referenced every day…so an outsider might say it looks a little chaotic. However, its all organized chaos! Since every project has a binder and bucket of materials and drawings, it keeps all the details organized on paper to help meet important deadlines like Thanksgiving and Christmas. The space we create for a client is where they create memories – which is the most special part about interior design. It is an honor to design a space for a client’s family and friends to enjoy during the holidays. And if my office is chaotic during that time…so be it!
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Dallas, TX 75206