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Q+A Interview with Nicole Gibbons

Nicole Gibbons is an interior designer, tastemaker, blogger and on-air personality best known for her fashion-forward point of view on style for the home. This Fall, Nicole can be seen helping deserving families re-imagine their living spaces as a designer on Home Made Simple airing Saturday mornings on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network. We love Nicole’s distinctive design style. Here, 5 questions with this Woman We Love:


What finally convinced you to make the leap to make a career change?


I always loved design and started my blog, So Haute in January of ’08 as a fun creative outlet while working in fashion PR. I soon realized that I was truly passionate about design although I didn’t figure out right away exactly what direction I wanted to take my career. So rather than making a drastic career change, my transition was a more of a slow and strategic one. I spent about 6 years immersing myself in the design world, establishing myself as an authoritative voice in the industry via my blog and really just educating myself as much as I could so that when it was time to make the transition I would feel prepared and confident. I also took on small decorating projects to gain hands on experience. After several years of preparation, I decided at the beginning of this year that it was the right time focus full-time on building my business and brand so I finally made the leap and haven’t looked back since.


Can a chic sense of style be developed and honed or is it innate?


I definitely think that for some people a sense of style is innate but anyone can learn the basics to achieving a well-designed home. There are lots of great ideas and inspiration on my blog;-)


If you want a design refresh but don't want to make a complete overhaul, what's the one thing that will make the biggest impact?


A new coat of paint is one of the easiest and most inexpensive things you can do to totally transform the look of your space. An arrangement of fresh flowers can do wonders and brings both color and life into a room.


How are fashion and interior design related?


I believe that like your wardrobe, your home should reflect the spirit of who you are and I often approach my design process similar to that of a fashion designer creating a couture garment. I’ll construct a room layer by layer, often starting with textiles as a source of inspiration, establishing a color palette, determining the right scale and proportion of each element of the room, perfecting the mix of silhouettes and, finally, accessorizing the space to create an end result that is beautifully tailored and perfectly suited for each client.


What's your go-to denim look when you're meeting clients?


My standard uniform almost always involves denim jeans and a silk button down top paired with ballet flats in the warmer months and a pair of chic boots during the colder months.


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