Can you describe how you begin to deliver a room design?
Meg: I like to say: Design from the floor up. So first, the shell–and that's part of the interior architecture, which we hopefully had something to do with, where we create the textures or patterns, such as what type of flooring–wire brushed or highly polished?
We can install a room and think we've got it right but reevaluate and say "nope, it needs something more." Perhaps it's wallpaper. The walls are not the first thing we design unless it's a wall of stone that will house a fireplace.
What are your thoughts on paint being a design "change agent"–depending on the colour and sheen, does the entire environment undergo a transformation?
Meg: Absolutely. You change the colour of the walls, and don't change anything else, you can have ten different rooms with ten different colours. Paint changes the entire mood of the room.
For your own home, what design choices have you made?
Meg: On the outside, it looks like a traditional Cape Cod. The inside, however, is an open floor plan and the walls are all White Dove OC-17 because I have a lot of art on the walls. I have a light, open space with skylights, and the light feeling appeals to me. Because I am surrounded by colours and textures and patterns much of my day, when I come home I need less–I need it to be quieter, more serene. I'd describe it as an eclectic, modern interior, but with lots of fun, colourful art that I've collected over the years.