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Los Angeles-based interior designer Caitlin McCarthy originally moved to the Golden State at age 15 to pursue acting. At the same time, she designed a line for a high-end children’s clothing brand. Her real passion, though? Designing chic yet thoughtful spaces. Caitlin now runs her own firm, Caitlin McCarthy Design. And we’ve loved this gal from the beginning. As 2014′s Fresh Faces of Design winner, Caitlin’s sophisticated loft design stole the show.

Caitlin McCarthy Design

Caitlin stopped by HGTV Headquarters last month to meet with our editorial team and talk Fresh Faces. (Yup, she’s stunning in person, too.) We, of course, gave her our questionnaire. Check out her answers, especially the drawing!

Caitlin McCarthy Interview

Are you the next Fresh Face of Design? Caitlin tells you how to submit your entry for this year’s competition.

Who should we interview next? Tell us your favorite design and DIY stars in the comments below.

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Our team of editors have traveled the country to find the best designers, architects, landscape designers and stylists to create the HGTV Photo Library to give you lots of ideas for your own home. As part of our new Master Class Series, we want you to get to know some of the designers behind these jaw-dropping designs. First up: Stephanie Bradshaw. It’s hard for me to sum up Stephanie’s title into one or two words. She does it all — she’s an interior designer, event stylist, wedding planner, creative director and one of the founders of the Baltimore Fashion Alliance. Let’s just say, she’s a busy woman! We just had to know how she does it. Keep reading for our exclusive interview with Stephanie:

Stephanie Bradshaw Interview

Design Happens: How did you get started as a wedding planner and event stylist?

Stephanie Bradshaw: Many years ago, I worked in business development for a large party rental company here on the East Coast. I designed parties, large and small, for years and started entering tabletop competitions to get our business name out in the community. I won a few of them and folks started to take notice in my design eye and attention to detail.

DH: How do you make sure to create a one-of-a-kind event for each client?

SB: I consider so many different perspectives when planning an event, whether it’s the bride and groom, their families, guests, etc. I also then ask myself what type of experience we want to create for the guests, and how will all the details help get us to that place. I also always consider all five senses when designing any party and how we can engage them all in the experience.

DH: What is the most challenging and most rewarding when planning an event?

SB: I think for weddings, the most challenging component are family dynamics and trying to meet the expectations of the Pinterest-inspired bride. Having real-time conversations about budget and expectations are the key to a successful and rewarding experience for all parties.

DH: What was the most memorable or successful event you’ve planned, and what made it that way?

SB: This is such a difficult question. I think with every event there are successes as well as things that could have been tweaked just a bit to be better. There is almost always a moment at each event where I am able — for just a minute — to stand back and take a breath, looking at the space and the guests ‘living’ in it and to be proud that my team and I were able to create such a beautiful environment for such special and memorable life moments.

Wedding Tablescape Design by Stephanie Bradshaw

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Bradshaw

DH: You have a broad range of services, from event planning to interior design. Which is your favorite?

SB: I get asked this question all the time, and what I think I really like is business. I like helping my team learn and grow and become better problem solvers. I like that my days are completely different from one to the next, and yet it is still under this gorgeous design umbrella of events, interiors and creative/graphic services.

DH: You are all about the details. What details or items are must-haves for weddings, photo shoots, interiors, etc. 

SB: For both events and interiors, I think starting with a color palette and a general theme is a great place to start. We create vibe boards for all of our design projects here and they really help us get the process started. All of the wedding details, from the floor plan to the invite to the table linen and the creative styling, is done with those things in mind. The same holds true with interiors. Floor plans, fabric selections and styling details are all a result of our initial vibe and the experience we want to create in those spaces. We talk a good deal about how we want a guest and/or homeowner to feel, and we try to move forward with that in mind as well.

Design by Stephanie Bradshaw

DH: How did auditioning on HGTV’s Design Star help you grow as a designer. What did you learn from it?

SB: It was an interesting process for sure. I made it to the semi-finals and that in and of itself is something to be proud of. I think I learned to keep going and follow what my gut was telling me, which was to keep designing and doing what I love even after I wasn’t selected for the show.

DH: You helped start the Baltimore Fashion Alliance. How do you think fashion and design influence each other?

SB: I think fashion has a huge impact on the design world in general. If you watch the runways, you will see trends that then filter down into the events we plan and the interiors we design and live in every day.

Living Room Design by Stephanie Bradshaw

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Bradshaw

DH: Back to events! Do you have any advice for our readers who are planning a wedding? 

SB: My tips for planning a wedding would be to hire some help! So many brides go into the experience thinking they can happily manage their jobs, family and planning a wedding all at one time. We spend all day, every day, planning these events full time, so it is definitely good to have help both physically and emotionally. Interview a few folks, and select the team that you feel best suits your needs and the vibe you want to create. Remember this person or their team will be representing you throughout the process, so select someone you think will do that in the best light possible. The same holds true for selecting an interior designer. Find someone that has a good handle on your vibe, but also someone that will challenge you to take a few risks!

Wedding Centerpiece Design by Stephanie Bradshaw

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Bradshaw

See more of Stephanie’s designs on her HGTV portfolio >>

What event planning and design details do you struggle with? Tell us in the comments below. 

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I’ve been a fan of Petit Collage’s wares since I worked on a gallery featuring kids’ room decals and found some adorable examples on their site that I just had to feature. It’s truly a testament to the quality of the designs that they appealed to me even though I don’t have little ones of my own yet and I could easily imagine them fitting into my mid-century modern decorating scheme.

Turns out that the force behind Petit Collage, artist and designer Lorena Siminovich, is quite the multi-tasker! In addition to starting the successful home decor line in 2006, she has authored and illustrated over 20 childrens’ books. Her latest book, Petit Collage: 25 Easy Craft and Decor Projects for a Playful Home, came out in April from Potter Craft, and it’s definitely one that’s for parents as much as it is for the kids. These decor projects are stylish enough to earn a place in every room in your home and the crafts would make darling handmade baby shower gifts, though they’re so cute that it’s hard to imagine giving them away once you’ve made them.

New Book Release: Petit Collage

Photography: Thayer Allyson Gowdy | Design: Sara Gillingham Studio

I chatted with Lorena about the book, her personal style and how becoming a mother shaped her business. Plus: Try one of the book’s sweet DIY crafts!


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If you’ve scoured, it’s highly likely you’ve come across interior designer Jamie Herzlinger’s designs. She’s all about functionality, and believes you don’t have to skimp on style to achieve that. As part of our designer interview series,  we asked Jamie eight questions — here’s what she had to say:

Interior Designer Jamie Herzlinger

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D-Happ: How would you describe your overall aesthetic?

JH: My designs are all irresistibly comfortable. I have a deep love for luxury, but no design is done correctly if it is not functional.

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When renowned interior designer Charlotte Moss agreed to take time out of her busy day to talk with about her new book, we were thrilled. Ms. Moss has enjoyed a celebrated career; most recently she was honored with Elle Decor’s Vision Award and named a top 20 design icon by Traditional Home. Charlotte Moss Decorates is an entertaining and insightful read. Packed with more than 200 photographs of sublime interiors, coordinating scrapbooks for each space, as well as an abundant offering of Ms. Moss’ “Why Not?” decorating maxims, it’s impossible not to feel uplifted and inspired after finishing the book. It’s a resource to turn to again and again. We hope you enjoy this interview as much as we did our time talking with Ms. Moss, who exudes great warmth, humor and Southern charm. (And now we know what podcasts she downloads on her iPad to get in the zone!)

Charlotte Moss Decorates :: Photos by Pieter Estersohn

Photographer Pieter Estersohn

AM:  The gorgeous interiors featured in your new book, Charlotte Moss Decorates, are Kips Bay and other show house rooms. Why?

CM: When I sat down, I thought, “What are the messages in my head that I want to communicate? What can they learn from me?”  The only time a designer is really on equal standing to someone decorating on their own is in a show house, because it’s blank and up to you. When you have a client, they are giving opinions. A show house is all about me. I’m just like someone at home staring at four blanks walls and asking where do I start?” That is the question I get wherever I go—”where do you start?” Everyone wants to know, do I start with the rug? You don’t start with a damn thing! It’s not about things. It’s about ambiance. You want a place where you walk in and say, “I want to be there!”

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Have you ever visited a friend’s home and felt embraced by the spirit of the house? Designer Chris Madden explains how to create this important and often elusive design element in her latest book, the first to document her own homes.

AM: You’ve done something quite magical with your book. Not only have you illuminated how you bring forth the soul of a house, your book itself resonates with those ephemeral feelings of home. It truly is a warm and intimate journey through your New York and Vermont homes. Why did you want to write The Soul of a House?

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Headshot1In 2003, Bryan Batt and his partner opened Hazelnut on Magazine Street in New Orleans. Hazelnut offers a variety of home decor goods like fabrics, dinnerware and pottery. Batt, also known for playing Sterling Cooper’s art director, Sal Romano, on AMC’s Mad Men, joined us for a quick interview.

What’s your store’s style?

Hazelnut’s style is a fresh, eclectic mix blending the classic and modern together. I love to hear the customers’ compliments on the feel and ambiance as well as the products offered in Hazelnut. I never tire of hearing it.

What do you personally design in your store?
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Troy Beasley is the principal designer for Beasley and Henley Interior Design. The company works with architects, builders and private clients from every corner of the country to create beautifully personalized interiors. Troy’s travels through Greece, Italy and Asia have influenced his tastes in architectural detail, artistic crafts and textile art.

1. Which designers influenced you?

I can’t site a specific designer or even a group of designers. I look at so many different people! I am influenced by anyone who is creative and artistic. It’s not just designers, but also artists, writers, fabric designers, architects…there’s a long list of captivating creative thinkers. I soak it all up.

2. What’s your favorite design style?

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AndreasCharalambousThis week we take a trip to the east coast to chat with designer Andreas Charalambous.  Andreas is the principal designer at Forma Design, who’s work has won several awards this year from the American Institute of Architects and Mid-Atlantic International Interior Design Association.  You definitely don’t want to miss his artwork over at  Andreas also has several spaces on Designers’ Portfolio.


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