A: I think I would say initially it all started with an interest and love of antiques. I love history. Learning about the past lives and uses of antiques, porcelains, etc was very intriguing to me.
A: I would say that my style is traditional but fresh (at least that’s what I hope people would think!) I like a mix of both new and old but not too much of either. I like a layered look that is acquired over time and not “done in a day.”
A: I say that I received my degree, masters, and doctorate from Cathy. She taught me so much about attention to detail and the extreme importance of it. She is also a very hard worker with a strong work ethic. Whenever there are 15 minutes left in the workday and I think I will put something off until tomorrow, I remind myself that Cathy would have taken care of it today!
A: If you can always be working on your interiors, even in small ways, it will feel up to date. When a room looks dated it is not just because the fabrics are worn, it is because you can tell nothing has been changed at all in however many years. Doing things like collecting from your travels, adding flowers, rearranging a space using the same items— or items from the room next door— will keep your spaces up to date. And when you buy quality pieces, you’re not constantly having to replace them. You might need to reupholster your sofa but you do no necessarily need to go out and buy all new again.
A: I would say that like many things my look and style has evolved with time. I am always trying to learn from designers of the past and present, pay attention to the paint colors in a museum, examine the different shades of blue in a piece of porcelain, learn about new products and techniques. I would say all of these different aspects (and more) combine to make my style what it is today.
A: I love to learn and to be cultured. I love to travel and want to take in everything I can wherever I am. I especially love to go to France and am also part of a French Cookbook Club in Dallas. And honestly Instagram has been such a source of inspiration! It’s like traveling all of the houses of the world in the palm of your hand.
A: I think comfortable homes are experiencing a resurgence and so maybe in turn that means traditional— although I would like to think traditional never went out of style!
A: I love all of the old greats— Nancy Lancaster, Billy Baldwin, Albert Hadley, Sister Parish and of course today’s greats like Bunny Williams, Michael Smith, and Cathy of course. Design books are my complete weakness! I love to read about previous designer’s lives and how they ran their businesses. It really is hard to choose favorites but two I have always loved are Vogue Living, both the 2007 version and the 1968 version.
A: I love prints and am always pulling from Sister Parish, Lisa Fine, Carolina Irving, Quadrille, Penny Morrison, Martyn Lawrence, Peter Dunham— just to name a few! Leontine Linens are my favorite for bedding (the options are endless!) and Farrow and Ball are my favorite paints.
A: I love to cook and entertain. Whether its my kids' birthday parties or my brother-in-law's rehearsal dinner in our backyard. The details of a party are like a game to me— I love going over (and over and over) the menus, serving pieces, linens, flow of the party, furniture arrangement, and most importantly—where is the bar?
A: You can’t take your interiors too seriously. If you over analyze something or pick it apart you 1) won’t get anything accomplished and 2) it will look stiff. It can be really hard for people to relinquish control but the ones who do end up with the best outcomes. And its ok to have fun!!
Lisa's rooms are all so soft and serene... timelessly classic, and so very, very pretty. And I certainly need to take cooking lessons from this Francophile. A French Cookbook Club sound fabulous! Maybe we can talk Lisa into coming back to share her entertaining and cooking tips. :) To learn more, please visit Lisa Henderson Interiors, and follow Lisa on Instagram. I am completely enamored with her style!
Thank you, Lisa, for sharing with us today!