I’m counting down to the Design Star premiere on Tuesday, May 29 by featuring seven fun facts and confessions from each of the season seven designers. Today’s answers are from world traveler and eclectic designer Danielle Colding.
Is there something you incorporate into every space you design?
In every space I design I look for clever, quirky accessories to bring it to life and create a narrative. I’m also a big pusher of wallpaper! I usually convince even the most hesitant client — scarred by their grandmother’s floral vinyl paper — to take the plunge.
How particular are you about your home?
For my own home, I am pretty flexible. I am constantly moving and rearranging things to make the spaces feel and function better.
What space is the messiest or least designed?
The messiest spot is always my bedroom…somehow hanging up clothes just doesn’t compute.
What color do you hate? Lime green.
If you could add one thing to the White House, it would be…contemporary art by my favorite artists to modernize the traditional spaces.
I don’t really have one. Jason Momoa is a hottie. So are Boris Kodjoe, Matt Damon and Johnny Depp.
Lightning round! Yes or no…
Jaccuzi tubs: Who doesn’t love a hot tub??? However, I’m not a fan of Jacuzzi tubs in bathrooms due to having to clean the gunky jets. Been there done that.
Barcelona chairs: Absolutely! Love love love! A classic, timeless look. I’m personally craving an ivory pair.
Sunburst mirrors: Yes. They are classic and look great oversized and hung in groups.
Wallpaper: I’m the queen of wallpaper. I force it on all my clients!
Dogs on the bed: About two months ago I would have said no way Jose…but now that I have the cutest puppy ever I am guilty as charged.
Paneling: Yes and No. That seventies paneling in the medium wood tone has to go. I am currently refinishing such a basement and re-staining the paneling in a deep walnut which gives it a more contemporary look. I also love the idea of white-washing the paneling or painting it white.
Wire hangers: No, no, no!!!! They say never say never, but I’m saying never.