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BPF: I'm a huge fan of going big or going home when it comes to color; however, you often take the opposite approach, opting for muted tones. What would you say are your go-to colors?
MH: Color is a very important part of my work; I'm fond of many colors, but I tend to make neutrals the backbone. Whether shades of gray, cream, white or chocolate, I like to stick with these color families as a base, then add a punch of vivid color like turquoise, green or orange. Overall, my client's favorite color usually determines the punch!
BPF: Almost everything seen in your spaces is often made from scratch, having been custom designed by your firm. If you were forced to shop for a client using only retail, what retail chains would you shop at?
MH: Not sure if I would be able to work from one store alone! I am such a perfectionist that I like to have hundreds of sources to pull from. But if I had to choose, I would go for a store like ABC Carpet and Home which has a diverse selection of contemporary and classic pieces so that I can mix it up.
BPF: Pet peeve number two?
MH: I'm not a fan of swivel barstools or chairs. If they don't have a spring in them that returns them to the proper position, they tend to look messy and out of place. This may have something to do with my ACD (aesthetic-compulsive disorder)!