A Solo Second Act in Color Design and Consulting
When Durham passed on in 2017, Littlejohn began to run their company — Interiors Unlimited in Auburn, California — as a one-man-show. “I’m still getting over the loss of Dennis,” he says. “Fortunately, he taught me an awful lot throughout our time together. He was amazing.” Today, Littlejohn works not just as a design and color consultant but as a sourcer of furniture, lighting, fabric and accessories. He still offers “home refreshing” services as well.
Color has become Littlejohn’s specialty, as he’s grown into both an expert and a fanatic. “Color is everything as far as I’m concerned,” he says. “It’s one of the most important factors of an interior design job. Positive, happy colors will affect your attitude and your mentality — like using reds and oranges in restaurants because it’s conducive to eating. Or using calming colors like greens and blues in bedrooms to help you feel relaxed and go to sleep.”
Littlejohn has noticed that “generally speaking, people pick the colors first” when designing. ”When I’m doing color consults, I’m coming into an already existing house. They’ve got everything there, so I know what I’m working with,” he says. He will then ask the clients specific questions about what they want, but he also urges people to move out of their comfort zones. “I’ve been very successful with that, and most people have said, ‘Oh, I was a bit worried at first, but wow — I just love this color now!’” he says.