Home is so much more than the roof over your head, and if anyone truly understands that sentiment, it's Faith Blakeney. A self-described 'interior alchemist,' Faith has made a living - and a life - out of transforming houses into homes and creating places that reflect who her clients are and who they want to be. Her magical, bohemian, free-spirited style oozes from every interior she creates, and a healthy dose of color and pattern comes standard.
When brainstorming whose creative juices to tap into for the next Wallpaper Two Ways, we immediately thought of Faith. With her expert eye for pattern and her 'what rules?' mentality, we knew her styling choices would be major... and Faith did NOT disappoint (um, hello, velvet swivel chair!).ÃÂ
Hygge & West:ÃÂ What paper did you choose and why?
Faith Blakeney:ÃÂ I chose Aja KhakiÃÂ because in my designs I adore bringing the outdoorsÃÂ inside, and this particular design andÃÂ color feel like the perfect backdrop for aÃÂ playful, yet refined, spirited space. Not to mention this is one of my sister's designs, and, well, letÃ¢ÂÂs just say I like her style ;-)
H&W:ÃÂ Who is the person (or people) you imagine residing in each of these twoÃÂ spaces?
FB:ÃÂ For 'Desert Oasis,' I see this client as being classy, glamorous, and also fun andÃÂ playful. She loves to entertain, travels a lot, and while she lives in theÃÂ city, she wants her home to evoke the feeling that she is on vacation in anÃÂ exotic place - every day!
For Ã¢ÂÂThe Treehouse,Ã¢ÂÂ I see this client as being adventurous, organic, andÃÂ connected to nature. She drinks mint tea in the mornings and wakes upÃÂ early for yoga before heading to work. Her space is a refuge, a haven, aÃÂ sacred space to relax and recharge.
H&W:ÃÂ You describe yourself as an 'Interior Alchemist' - tell us a little bit about thatÃÂ title and describe your aesthetic.
FB:ÃÂ When I think about my work, I donÃ¢ÂÂt think of myself as an interior designerÃÂ or decorator. To me, this job is not about furnishing, or accessorizing - it isÃÂ about transforming a house into a home. This means balancing style andÃÂ functionality andÃÂ channeling my clients' taste and vibe to create a space thatÃÂ has life and spirit. What lights me up about what I do is the idea of beingÃÂ able to transform lives by transforming space. The definition of alchemistÃÂ is Ã¢ÂÂa seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, orÃÂ combination." So, I see my work applying this principle to spaces -ÃÂ magically transforming a house into a home.
My aesthetic is very tied toÃÂ this idea of magic and spirit. The inspirations for my designs are vast and myÃÂ style varies with each project but one thing remains same - this idea ofÃÂ creating incredibly livable spaces that have spirit, and evoke a feeling ofÃÂ genuine well being.
H&W:ÃÂ Pattern plays a big role in your designs, as does side-steppingÃÂ conventions. What are some of your favorite pattern rules to break?
FB:ÃÂ To be honest, I donÃ¢ÂÂt even know any pattern rules - I guess I was absent forÃÂ that lesson at school ;-) So, that said, I probably break all of them!
H&W:ÃÂ We love that you've used H&W wallpapers in some of the spaces you'veÃÂ designed. What led you to those particular patterns and colorways, andÃÂ how did they factor into the overall design of each room?
FB:ÃÂ I love so many of the wallpapers that H&W creates, and, I must say, myÃÂ sisÃ¢ÂÂ are my absolute fave (surely because our styles very much overlap).ÃÂ For the spaces IÃ¢ÂÂve designed, IÃ¢ÂÂve used Cosmic Desert andÃÂ Aja. I loveÃÂ wallpapers that truly create an atmosphere - that transport you - and I feelÃÂ both of these designs do just that.
H&W: 'Hygge'ÃÂ is the Danish concept of coziness, which can be achieved throughÃÂ both tangible objects and places as well as intangible feelings andÃÂ atmospheres. How do you find or create hygge in your world?
FB:ÃÂ I love the concept of Ã¢ÂÂhyggeÃ¢ÂÂ. I remember traveling to Denmark for the firstÃÂ time and peering into all the windows on a walk in the evening. All of theÃÂ homes seem to have this warm glow and this incredibly inviting feel.ÃÂ Creating cozy spaces is an essential part of my work. I like to consider allÃÂ of the senses when I am designing, so to create a cozy environment I useÃÂ everything from soft, luxurious fabrics to candles andÃÂ essential oils. When IÃÂ think of cozy spaces I think of a bedouin tent, a treehouse, or a boat - all ofÃÂ these spaces inspire me in my designs.
Images byÃÂ Isabelle Fournet
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