“For me, success cannot be measured monetarily. Success is being happy at work and home, always doing the right thing, and being able to attract great clients that are enjoyable to work with.”
Thirteen years ago, Andrew Howard walked into a design store for an interview and walked out with a job that would change his life. That day was the beginning of a thrilling journey. Andrew Howard’s bright, bold, light and stylish interiors has first grabbed my attention in 2013 when he was named by House Beautiful and Traditional Home as one of the Top Young Designers in America. I’m happy to talk with the talented designer today. I do hope you’ll join me. We are going to sunny Florida to chat about decorating, daily routine and some of Andrew’s favorite things. Are you ready?
What does a happy day in the life of Andrew Howard look like?
A great day for me involves spending time with family and not thinking about work.
Do you have a daily routine?
I try not to. I like to mix it up and always am trying to do things in a better way. The things that I did yesterday can always be improved on so I am always looking to do things better and more efficiently.
What inspired you to get into design?
Two of my four parents are designers so that was a big influence.
Is there a designer who has influenced you?
Jim and Phoebe Howard – without a doubt – have been my biggest influences.
What is the biggest decoration mistake you see people make?
Rugs that are too small for their rooms and hanging art too high.
What do you suggest people do to transform their homes?
The quickest way is painting a room a color that may be a bit outside of your comfort zone.
What do you love to do when you aren’t designing?
Hang with my wife and two sons, play golf, and running (I am an avid runner, although it may not look like it!)
What are your favorite books?
Anything by Pat Conroy, Mark Hampton on Decorating, and Jeffrey Bilhuber Design Basics.
Do you have a favorite movie?
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Goonies, and Back to the Future.
What are your favorite places in Florida?
Jacksonville and Palm Beach.
What does success mean to you?
Success for me cannot be measured monetarily. I think success is being happy at work and home, always doing the right thing, and being able to attract great clients that are enjoyable to work with.
What are the most important design elements?
A room that allows for good conversation and great laughs shared amongst friends and family is always a success in my book.
photos: Andrew Howard Interior Design