Interview with Chantal Spanicciati : design elements


Interview with Chantal Spanicciati

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Let’s begin our week with an inspirational interview. It is my biggest pleasure to welcome Chantal  Spanicciati – an interior designer based in Venice, CA – an amazing talent and one of my favorite blogging girls. Enjoy!

How would you describe your own style?

I have a streamlined and contemporary aesthetic yet I like to incorporate organic elements and natural materials which breathe life into the space.

You have Bachelors in Psychology. How did you decide to become a designer?

I do! Design has always been deep inside me. When I was 9, I would build towns out of legos, designing each facade on paper and then tried to replicate them out of legos. I literally took over an entire room in my parent’s house. In college, while I was studying Psychology, it also stayed with me but more on the sidelines. I took a summer course in interior design in Florence, Italy for a summer which was fabulous!

Looking back at your first project what decorating knowledge do you wish you had back then designing the interiors?

When I was doing my first project, I had to thoroughly investigate how high to mount the shower head, towel bars and wall mounted toilets. Knowing the perfect height straight off the bat would have saved lots of time and is definitely functionally important.

Is there a designer that has influenced you?

Christian Liaigre is a major one. I admire his absolute unique point of view and talent in creating peaceful interiors with an artful dialogue. His furniture pieces are among my favorite pieces as well. Shelton, Mindel & Associates create effortlessly warm and clean interiors with the most amazing vintage pieces. Thad Hayes and Steven Volpe are also great in their artful palate.

Some designers believe that the first piece for any room is the rug or a painting that sets up the colors palette. What is your first source of inspiration?

I usually first and foremost try to find inspiration through sources beyond furniture or items that would be placed in the room such as an image or photograph that conveys some sort of feeling that I ultimately want to room to evoke, that then formulates into the concept. After that, the rug, the colors, the forms of the furniture all fall in place.

What is your idea what a beautiful home should feel like?

A beautiful home should feel like you in the form of furniture and space. I think it should reflect your travels, your memories in an un-cluttered way, so that each item and piece has a voice in the space.

What the biggest mistake people make when they decide to decorate their homes without the guidance of a professional designer?

I find people do not have a sense of how a piece of furniture will fit in their space. Either the furniture they choose looks like a postage stamp in the space, i.e. too small, or the scale of the piece is too large and takes away from the architecture.

How do you achieve a good scale? Scale is a really interesting and difficult topic.

Scale is so important! Furniture needs to be scaled properly within the architecture. If scaled wrong, pieces lose their importance and seem insignificant. Take a rug for example, my philosophy is that the rug should really be maximized, truly defining the space and a lily pad for which the furniture shall sit. If a piece of furniture is against a wall, it should span almost the length of the wall. Scale can also be utilized to highlight a certain piece or turn an ordinary item into something special, like a gigantic jack to hold your door open. I also enjoy one over-scaled item in a room, like a lamp or something which adds a bit of whimsy.

What do you love to do when you are not designing?

Exercising…I am in love with the Tracy Anderson Method. It is so fun and really works!

Your favorite books?

Lolita, the writing is so unique and intriguing. In terms of design, anything published by Beta Plus is inspirational.

What does success mean to you?

Doing what I love.

My signature Design Elements question – what are the most important design elements?

Texture, scale and something that is unexpected and totally unique.


24 Kommentare zu “Interview with Chantal Spanicciati”

  1. allesistgut am 05.12.2011 um 14:00 Uhr 

    Danke für das Interview. Toll die vier blauen Bilder. :)
    Liebe Grüße allesistgut

  2. La Boheme am 05.12.2011 um 16:41 Uhr 

    Yes yes yes! Seeing two of my favorite girls at once, this is heaven! I love Chantal’s philosophy on design, her eye is so spot on. And her knowledge of furniture, wow, this girl knows her stuff. Fabulous interview Maria, great choice! xx

  3. Tina@Flying House am 05.12.2011 um 22:10 Uhr 

    What an inspiring post! And, my goodness! What an amazing home! I love the oversized artwork!

  4. Krystal/Village am 05.12.2011 um 23:32 Uhr 

    gorgeous designer! do you think she’ll come design my apartment just for fun?? :)

  5. Helen@TheStyleSchedule am 05.12.2011 um 23:44 Uhr 

    Great interview…She’s just got the eye for it Chantal does! I love heading over to Meta Musings every day to see what she has posted. And I love her design style and taste!

  6. catherine am 06.12.2011 um 06:24 Uhr 

    Chantal is such an inspiration! Her sense of design is impeccable and looking at these photos of her work brought a sense of peace and uncluttered ease as well as triggering creativity. The art on the walls is perfect for this space!

  7. Atelier Turner am 06.12.2011 um 07:32 Uhr 

    Great interview and great responses! Chantal, I totally agree with your design philosophy.

  8. kristina@beancakes am 06.12.2011 um 09:33 Uhr 

    great interview chantal! i just love your blog as you know ~ and thank you for the many great design tips!!
    xo ~ kristina

  9. mary jo am 06.12.2011 um 11:05 Uhr 

    I love the idea of a home/room feeling like a person, it’s so true. I almost think it’s like a discovery about a person when you go into their home, and it’s so wonderful when it feels great! So glad you interviewed Chantal, she’s fab!

    xo Mary Jo

  10. Shelly Gregory am 06.12.2011 um 14:59 Uhr 

    Wow a psychologist major and a designer! I believe those really do go hand in hand. How we live comes from the inside-out! She does have beautiful taste! xo

  11. maria am 06.12.2011 um 16:25 Uhr 

    Well, congratulatios to both for this absolutely interesting interview. I love to know more about other designer’s point of view and their ideas. I think that Chantal is a woman that know what she want.

  12. homestilo am 06.12.2011 um 17:26 Uhr 

    Chantal’s blog, Meta Musings, is one of my regular reads- what a great surprise to find her (great) interview here today!

  13. Miss Ewig am 06.12.2011 um 18:11 Uhr 

    I loved the interview!! I didn’t know her….

    Xxx ;D

  14. Ann am 06.12.2011 um 19:30 Uhr 


    Wow, schönes Haus!

  15. Alexa am 06.12.2011 um 20:25 Uhr 

    Love love her! Her blog is amazing…she has such an eye for detail…especially when it comes to lines and the incorporation of natural elements into a home. Love. :)

  16. ina am 06.12.2011 um 20:57 Uhr 

    wow tolles interview und wundervollle einrichtung <3

  17. Diana am 06.12.2011 um 23:33 Uhr 

    Great philosophy, Chantal!

  18. Rowaida Flayhan am 07.12.2011 um 00:58 Uhr 

    I can’t believe I missed this post. Beautiful and inspiring interview. Happy Holidays Maria xo

  19. alissa am 07.12.2011 um 01:32 Uhr 

    Loved reading more about Chantal. Love hearing about her philosophy behind her beautiful designs. Her style is amazing and her blog is one of my favorites!

  20. {COZAMI} am 07.12.2011 um 01:55 Uhr 

    Great interview, thanks for introducing her to us, i always enjoy hearing tips from those who design for a living, her work is beautiful..

  21. Tereza am 07.12.2011 um 02:19 Uhr 

    Maria, I love your interviews.
    She is really fantastic, and I can see you happy living in those minimalist house.
    Warm hugs to you my friend.

  22. Chris am 07.12.2011 um 07:54 Uhr 

    Fantastic interview!! Chantal is an amazing talent! And so passionate about what see does. Thanks for the interview!

  23. classiq am 07.12.2011 um 11:02 Uhr 

    Great interview, Maria! Very inspiring. :)

  24. cabbagerose am 31.12.2011 um 04:25 Uhr 

    bravo! absolutely divine! xx

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