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The Design Dialogues {Elizabeth Caan}

I stumbled upon the work of interior decorator Elizabeth Caan last week on Made By Girl and fell in love with her colorful, preppy aesthetic. I was delighted when she agreed to participate in The Design Dialogues and share a few more of her interiors with all of you! Without further ado, Elizabeth Caan!


Who you are: Elizabeth Caan
What you do: Interior decoration and styling
Where you do it: Newton, Massachusetts


Five words to describe yourself... Impatient, energetic, petite, down-to-earth, congenial.

How do you define your aesthetic? Graphic glam.

Who are your style icons? Miles Redd, Mrs. Lilien, Diana Vreeland.


Destination: New York, New York

Quote: "The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten." —Benjamin Franklin

Site: Etsy. I've scored some amazing things: vintage scarves I've had made into pillows, great art, and photographer that I have smattered about my studio and my home.

Store: Net-a-Porter. Who has time to go into a store?

Thing to read: Financial Times Where to Spend It Weekend Magazine.

Thing to Watch: Breaking Bad on AMC — such a great show!

Thing to wear: A fabulous coat makes anything look très chic.


How did you decide to become an interior designer? 
When I could afford to! It's an expensive sport. No, I actually have a degree in art. I spent ten years in sales and marketing for new media companies and have always had a passion for interior design. When I could afford to take a pay cut and learn this business the way I wanted to, I went for it!

What is the most glamorous aspect of your work?
Creating glamorous things with beautiful materials and top-notch tradespeople. 

What is the least glamorous aspect of your work?
Schlepping things around town!

What is the best advice you've ever received?
This is a creative business. To make it, you need to be not only creative but a businessperson as well.


Three tasks on your to do list...
Take my daughter to Paris, finish my home office, learn to relax.

Three items on your wishlist...
A pair of Joe Cariati glass lamps in lavender berry, a larger closet, a laundress.

Three tasks on your bucket list...
A trip to the Greek islands, go on an African safari, learn how to upholster — couture style!

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Thank you so much for joining us, Elizabeth! I love her quote about being a creative businessperson and I think I'll be adding a laundress to my wishlist as well. Aren't you smitten with her style?

18 comments:

p-l-a-i-d said...

What a great interview. I love that her design aesthetic is graphic glam!

Karlita said...

I love her style! great i terview mackenzie! have a wonderful weekend!

KristiMcMurry said...

Her interiors are so wonderful! That closet made me gasp. Great interview! I especially love that Ben Franklin quote...I'll be remembering that next time I'm shopping :)

scsd said...

Love her studio ~ I could get so much work done in there!

blair @ scsd

Tommy said...

She's amazing! I love that quote, and I appreciate her honesty here. Most people do not cop to the expense or any of the negatives. :) Great post!

Elle Meyers said...

Thank you so much for sharing her comments! I loved it. She has fabulous style! I love her work.

Sarah at Finishing Touch Interiors said...

I love her style what a great interview

Melissa @ Veranda Interiors said...

I agree, her statement about how she got into it is wonderful...it is not cheap or easy but the payoff is huge!

Leslie said...

I really love all of her spaces; they are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing her talent with us!

Tamara Nicole said...

Loved reading this, inspiring and love the photos:-)

Ashley said...

Great interview! I love that she's a big Etsy fan!

Jaclyn said...

Such a great article, i absolutely love her aesthetic. Everything is so colorful and chic, but still looks approachable.

cait said...

Could her desk area be any more perfect? Such fabulous style!!

Allyson [Mimosas in the Morning] said...

LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS! So glad that the Design Dialogues are back!

Liz {Sequins And Stripes} said...

So excited to see her featured here! I saw her on Made By Girl last week too and was totally smitten with her designs. She seems so down to earth, realistic, and cool.

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