Driven by a passion for antiques and breathing new life into homes, Mackenzie Page Zwick opened Mackenzie Page Interiors in 2015. Mackenzie has never met an antique she didn’t like and knows that upholstery can never be too beautiful or too comfortable. She loves mixing styles and periods, chintz, animal prints, wallpaper, color, and learning how people lived “way back when.”
After graduating from Texas Christian University with a degree in Advertising/Public Relations and a minor in Art History, Mackenzie hit the ground running as a Commercial Real Estate broker. She soon discovered that she was more interested in reading Interior Design blogs and flipping through shelter magazines. She was hired by Dallas Interior Design mogul Jan Showers to be her Antiques Showroom Manager and PR rep, and Mackenzie immediately fell in love with the Antiques business. In 2013, she went to work for renowned Fort Worth Interior Designer Kay Genua and immersed herself in the design side of the business.
When she’s not mulling over the perfect fabric or finding the next greatest antique, Mackenzie is wrangling her toddler son, Forbes, dabbling in gourmet cooking, drinking wine with a girlfriend, searching for a great antique caftan or coat–depending on the season, cuddling a corgi, thumbing through this month’s issue of any design magazine or hanging out with her husband, Brian. We are delighted to welcome Mackenzie to The Glam Pad today!
Q: When and how did you first become interested in interior design?
A: Like many designers, I started having an interest in interiors at a young age. My mom has a beautiful home and style and she would take me on antique hunts as a little girl. When I was in college at TCU, I started honing my style, having my own space to design for the first time. While working in commercial real estate after college, I started a lifestyle blog as a creative outlet and my love for design took off from there!
Q: How do you define your style?
A: Ladylike Traditional with a Twist. My main goal for every project is that people walk into my client’s house and just say, “This is so pretty.” I love antiques, playing with color and feminine details. I love wallpaper and floral chintz and I love adding in natural elements, like a pretty wooden antique, marble or rattan.
Q: Where do you source inspiration and/or mentorship?
A: Instagram is my most constant source of inspiration. This world has so many talented designers and I garner inspiration from designers that align with my style, but I love to get inspired to add touches of things that are out of my comfort zone too. I think a mix makes things interesting! I’m also inspired when we travel and by going through design books.
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
A: I love to cook. It feels like an extension of design to me. There’s the planning stage, making sure your plate will burst with different colors, textures, flavors and the execution which I find incredibly therapeutic! My two year old son Forbes, has little tower where he can stand at the island with me and he loves to help me measure out spices and crack eggs. My husband always says that cooking for my family and friends is how I show my love.
Q: What do you consider the most exciting part of your work, and how do you stay energized on a project?
A: I love the stage where we’re choosing the lead fabric or wallpaper for each room. It’s the part I like to use as the jumping off point, to pull in coordinating fabrics, trims and details and I love when my client is giddy over a fabric that really speaks to them. I also love when we install things. It’s always so worth the wait and I love seeing it come together and the room we’ve imagined come alive.
Q: What is your favorite easy weeknight meal?
A: I’m constantly switching it up in my house but my current favorite is Ina Garten’s weeknight Bolognese. Such a comforting meal but feels a little luxurious too, it tastes like you’ve spent hours cooking it but it really comes together so quickly and easily!
Q: Have you ever had a decorating disaster that you can laugh about now?
A: I painted my bedroom dresser a really unfortunate shade of turquoise in college and added crystal knobs. It seemed like a good idea at the time but now I look back at it and cringe a little bit.
Q: What is one fail-safe design element that every room should have?
A: Pretty and interesting lighting. A gesso chandelier, a natural brass swing arm floor lamp, a colored ceramic table lamp with a pleated fabric shade. I like to mix lighting elements and styles and have lights at different levels. It really makes a difference in how the room looks and how you look in the room.
Q: What is your favorite design or coffee table book?
A: Anything from Bunny Williams, Mark D. Sikes or James T. Farmer. I don’t think I can pick just one!
Q: Do you have any favorite go-to paints, wallpapers, linens, artists, etc.?
A: I have a running joke with a fellow designer friend that Benjamin Moore’s White Dove is the only answer for an exterior white. Inside I love Benjamin Moore Simply White and lately I’ve been using a lot of Benjamin Moore Guilford Green and Brittany Blue. English wallpapers are my go-to. I love Colefax & Fowler and Sanderson wallpapers. I’m also dying to use some Ottoline paper on a project. If I’m after something really special to kick off a room, I’m always headed directly toward Pierre Frey. Schumacher is a go to for stripes, checks and beautiful wools. I also love just about every one of their floral patterns. I chose their Loudon Rose for my French headboard in my bedroom. It makes me so happy when I open my eyes to it every morning!
Thank you, Mackenzie, for joining us today! Such beautiful work and inspiration!