Interior Design hints from Sheila, Founder of Maison de Cinq. Every space needs more vintage items !!!

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Roomhints interviewed Sheila Irwin, founder of Maison de Cinq to discuss her style, how she incorporates vintage items into her designs and her favorite hints!!

Sheila will be featured on Roomhints app on June 20th giving hints. Sign up here to get 5 hints for $49 from Sheila for your room. 

1. Briefly tell us a bit about you:

Sheila “I’m a Design Blogger/Interior Decorator living in Los Angeles with my husband and three children. On my blog, Maison de Cinq, I strive to help others achieve that mix of casual and chic in their own homes.”

“My style is what I call “Casual Chic.” Incorporating French and Swedish influences, but with a clean and updated aesthetic.”

2. Why did you start a career in interior design?

Sheila: “I’ve been enamored with design all my life. From choosing my own carpeting and wallpaper for my room when I was 12, to decorating my first apartment floor to ceiling, design has always been a passion. I spent almost 20 years working as a fashion stylist in Los Angeles before I made the switch, and I’m so glad I did! I always say I like fashion, but I LOVE design. I literally wake up thinking about it, and go to bed dreaming of it. And helping others decorate a house that they love to come home to has been both creatively satisfying and incredibly rewarding!”

HomeOffice6_MdC3. Tell us about a time that confirmed why you love being an interior designer?

Sheila: “When I finished my very first design job, and it felt like I was finally where I’m meant to be.”

4. Your favorite space to design?

Sheila: “The kitchen, because it’s everyone’s favorite room and truly the heart of the home.”

5. Your favorite hints (products) that get you excited?

Sheila: “Antiques! Vintage and flea market shopping are two of my absolute favorite things. I love antique mirrors, old art, ironstone, candleholders (I have way too many!), urns, and sconces.”

6. One thing you wish everyone knew about interior design?

Sheila: “How important antiques are to a room! Everyone thinks you can simply order from a catalog and decorate a whole room, but then they wonder why it doesn’t feel quite right. But adding something vintage or antique to every space really elevates it. It adds texture and patina, AND it makes your house unique to you so that it’s unlike anyone else’s. Also, don’t match all the woods in a room – ever! (sorry, that was two!)”

7. Without fail design hint that you have learned over your career?

Sheila: “Windows need dressing! It’s like having pierced ears, but not wearing earrings. Drapes, blinds, roman shades… it doesn’t matter, but windows definitely look better dressed.”

8. How would you define the creative process?

Sheila: “It’s about getting to know the client as a person. What they love. What excites them. And then trying to find that perfect balance for them, together. I’m very collaborative. I don’t believe in just decorating someone’s house without their input.”

9. What are some hints to help to pull the whole room together?

Sheila: “Adding life (plants), an amazing rug and texture. Also, art is a big one!”

10. Who are your favorite designers?

Sheila: “Suzanne Kasler, Pamela Pierce, Jane Moore, Brooke Giannetti, Lisa Luby Ryan, Carol Glasser. I’ve very drawn to Southerners, and I’m sure that is partly because many of them have a French influence to their style. and use vintage items”

11. What inspires you?

Sheila: “My family. They are the reason I do what I do. It’s not about pretty rooms, or perfect homes, but about making homes comfortable so that they are a respite from our sometimes harsh world. I want my family, and every client I work with, to walk in at the end of a long day and feel comforted and surrounded by things they love.”

Sheila will be featured on Roomhints app on June 20th giving hints. Sign up here to get 5 hints for $49 from Sheila for your room. 

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