"Being a mother has been a huge inspiration to me as an interior designer. I design houses that people really live in rather than showcases or trophy homes; and children and animals are the core of any home. With our front door always wide open, my three boys — Oscar, Otis and Louis — have learned the pleasure of friends and entertaining. And even now that the boys are a bit older, we are a very close-knit group and our house continues to have an open door policy.
The best homes are the ones that inspire great family moments and memories — with big dining room tables for family meals or holiday projects, open kitchens where we can cook breakfast together on my AGA, and lush backyards designed for pool parties, ping-pong tournaments, and barbeques. Now that my boys are a bit more grown up, I redecorated my den with a fabulous custom sectional where they — with their cadre of friends — flop to watch their favorite sports matches. Even now, it ensures they are where I can keep my eye on them!"