When we bought my childhood home in Colorado and had to build from the ground up, we needed a designer who could do it all. In the past, Bill and I have worked with several fancy interior designers, but they always made us feel… how can I say this kindly… like assholes for not having good “taste”.
Enter: Lonni Paul.
Lonni is an all-around cool chick, amazing single mom, one of the kindest people I have ever met, and a stupendously talented interior designer! She can read a blueprint and say, “Nope, that room needs to be 3 feet wider.” She can also see to the smallest details brilliantly – like finding the perfect little silver tray for our bedside table. She took the time to listen and learn how our family lived, and she used her expertise and talent to create the most beautiful home imaginable.
We have been working with Lonni for three years, and I thought it was high time we share her thoughts and aesthetic with the WTF community.
So, without further ado, please meet the wonderful Lonni Paul.
AN INTERVIEW WITH LONNI PAUL
How would you describe your design style?
My style is classic, and I am attracted to sophisticated and elegant forms — but I will always put a modern twist on the classics.
What led you to become a designer?
I started out on the building and architectural side of design. I got my hands dirty, learned how to be my own general contractor on houses. I built for myself and my family; I worked hand in hand with craftsmen to achieve my vision that sometimes would start off as simply as a sketch on a napkin – seriously! Once I got a couple of houses under my belt, some friends of mine approached me to help them achieve their vision of how they thought their houses should be designed… and it kind of spiraled from there into the interior design business I have today.
What have been some of your favorite projects?
I loved working with Felicity and Bill on this project because they are wonderfully fun people and because I love the story of the home. It’s where Felicity was born and raised, where she and Bill were married, and where they can now go with their own family to create meaningful memories. The setting and land around the home is absolutely breathtaking – nature in its truest glory!
Similarly, I have also worked on a project in rural Montana for a young family as their “home away from home.” Their permanent residence is in Los Angeles, but they will be spending a lot of their time on the magnificent estate I helped them create. It is everything I strive for in design… timeless, classic, and elegant.
What were you creating with Bill and Felicity’s house? How did you want people to feel when they walked in?
Because this home is a treasured family “heirloom,” I wanted people to feel that importance when they walk in. It truly feels like a home where family is honored and celebrated. From the timeless traditional architecture and furnishings, to the gorgeous family portraits that we lined the interior hallways with – everything was designed with an eye to the future and a celebration of the past.
What were your essential goals with the Huffman/Macy house?
It was essential to honor the history of the land and the memories of the original home, while at the same time creating a livable family home where new memories could be made – memories of the Huffman/Macy family that will last a lifetime for their daughters.
What is your favorite part of the process?
My favorite part of the process is the reveal. I love it when I have moved all the furniture in and completely styled a home and the homeowner walks in for the first time!
What do you feel you bring to design that is unique to you?
As a mom and designer to many moms and families, I do not believe in putting any part of the house on restriction. All rooms in a home should flow and be approachable to all members of the family. l love to introduce textiles and ideas into family homes that give a sophisticated style and elevate the feeling of the home while still keeping it very livable.
As a single mom and a successful business person – what are some of the biggest challenges you face?
TIME! There is NEVER enough of it to go around. But, I hope that when my kids are older they can appreciate that all of my hard work and success was driven by the effort to give them a life full of opportunity and experiences, and also provide a good example of what dedication and perseverance can bring you in life.
What is your mission statement with your company – your North Star?
As much as the end product of design is a glamorous new lifestyle, as a designer, I know that the process isn’t always glamorous. In order to get the job done, you really have to dig in and get your hands dirty! In the end, my design is only as good as the level of happiness of the people living in the space I help them realize.
What is your philosophy in design and life?
Elevated living! Surround yourself with beauty. Celebrate family. Live a life rich in experiences.
This post was sponsored by Lonni Paul Design. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.