Hannah Childs

Color is what it's all about for this Connecticut designer



photographs by tim furgueson (vignette) and caryn b. davis (dining room)

"I love colors of many varieties, all of which can change their appeal
when placed in different environments."

You’ve lived in Florence, Chicago, New York, Boston, and now Old Lyme. Have these places influenced your designs? I soaked everything up in Italy–the language, art, history and, of course, the food. In Chicago, I discovered my interest in interior design; in New York, I pursued my interest with school and a job in a large firm; and in Boston, I took the leap and started my own business. Though not a city, Old Lyme has played a significant role in the history of art in America. There are wonderful museums, galleries and shops here and in neighboring towns. What is your most prized possession? An antique locket I purchased a few years ago. In it, I have photos of my husband and our three children. I wear it almost every day. You worked for David Easton. What did you learn at this firm? Working there was a huge eye-opener for me, aesthetically and in seeing a design firm run as a business. The scope of clientele and the resources he exposed me to were invaluable references for my work today. His emphasis on the architectural elements in design has definitely influenced me. You started your business before having children, and now have three. Have they changed your approach to design? Absolutely. Having children has made me embrace the whimsy and fun you can have with design. I have always favored symmetry, since I learned my name was a palindrome in school. My children have helped me to be less rigid and more flexible. They have also made me appreciate the importance of having something of my own, and I believe that having a creative outlet makes me a better mother. Your vignette for the Child & Family Services Interior Inspirations fundraiser was full of color and pattern. What was your inspiration? My daughter’s antique daybed. It had been in her room, covered in its original upholstery. The vignette gave me the perfect reason to have fun with a new fabric. The pink and orange ikat is feminine, bright and cheerful. Is there a color or pattern you especially like? My son asks me this question almost daily. He cannot imagine I could have more than one. The truth is, I love colors of many varieties, all of which can change their appeal when placed in different environments. As for fabrics, I have always loved Fortuny and ikat. How will you be using honeysuckle, Pantone’s color of the year, in your designs in 2011? I imagine a small powder room lacquered in honeysuckle, or just using it as an accent in the painted backs of bookcases.

 

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