Maggie's Luxe Feminine Apartment

Designing interiors is intensely gratifying work. Not only is it exciting to bring a creative vision to life, but there's great satisfaction in directly helping to change someone's day-to-day for the better! Your home so defines your mood, your chaos, and your energy. I find that preparing your dwelling is one of the most impactful ways to prepare for the life you want.

One client approached me about creating a space for her daughter who had just graduated college and would be moving back to OKC to carve out the next phase. That time of life is so full of promise and yet so draining. This mother's intuition was that having a place to feel grounded, personalized and completed would give her daughter the right foundation. She had the means, so why not?

Maggie's style is glamorous without being ostentatious, bold, decidedly feminine but not sweet, and approachable. The space is a one bedroom apartment downtown. We had one month to plan all moving pieces, order, orchestrate, and then install in a single day the week before she moved in -- as a total SURPRISE! Not a shabby graduation gift, huh?!

Artwork is an Ashley and Nora Whiteside original; see shop for available work. Media center, frame, and pillow (no longer available) from West Elm. Chair belonged to client. Orchid from Whole Foods.

Artwork is an Ashley and Nora Whiteside original; see shop for available work. Media center, frame, and pillow (no longer available) from West Elm. Chair belonged to client. Orchid from Whole Foods.

#1 Rule in a small space: Use large pieces and capitalize on the height of the room to make it look more elegant and larger. Admittedly, our installer hung the mirrors and art too high, and that stresses me out now. High curtains were absolutely and always on purpose. All items in above photo were from West Elm.

Above, a horribly dark shot to show spacing.

I wore those red Sam Edelman's one day ever, for this install, and then donated them because of the horrendous blisters. I'm a wuss.

Above: They already owned the bed, lamps, nightstand and ostrich leather ottoman. All else from West Elm.

How politely can I say that it's nicer than my first place out of college?!