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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Interview with Megan Young of Megan Young Designs!

If you have read the June issue of Southern Living, then you have no doubt been introduced to the talented Megan Young, of Megan Young Designs.  Megan's Pinehurst home was featured in the magazine, and wow, what an inspiration!  When Aesthetic Oiseau first blogged about Megan last month, I was instantly drawn to her dazzling use of color and ability to mix high with low, for a sophisticated, "traditional with a twist" look.
Megan graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in English Literature and Art History and soon afterwards began her professional career at a Fortune 100 telecommunications company in New York City. Following her successful tenure in corporate America, she enrolled in the New York School of Interior Design and began working for Alex Papachristidis Interiors. In 2008, Megan and her husband relocated to Pinehurst, North Carolina where she founded Megan Young Designs. The Youngs have an adorable daughter, Effie, who is 21 months old.

I contacted Megan after seeing her work in Southern Living and was delighted by her warm personality and down-to-earth yet sophisticated approach to decorating.  I always enjoy blog posts in the form of an interview, as it is so intriguing to learn more about the person behind the swoonworth designs.  I asked Megan some questions about her experiences and her design approach, and she has graciously allowed me to share her answers with our MoS readers!

1. How would you describe your own personal style?

Collected, luxurious and comfortable- I think my projects, both modern and more traditional, embody those elements. I hate clutter, so I always try to create well edited interiors. A few select objects are much more interesting than a whole mess of knick knacks.


2. Tell us about some of your sources of inspiration.

Books! I am constantly buying fashion, art and decorating books – both new and old. Of course travel is a huge inspiration as well… and my clients. I have amazing clients who have great style and taste.



3. Was moving from New York to Pinehurst an easy transition?

I wouldn’t say it was easy, but starting my own firm down here has really helped with the transition. I am back in New York every 3-4 weeks for work and social events, so I don’t get a chance to miss it too much.

4. How does your role as a designer working in a small town in North Carolina differ from your role as a designer in New York?

I have clients in NYC, so it doesn’t feel that different. Lifestyles are obviously different in New York and North Carolina, but all my clients want a lot of style for a reasonable price. Shipping and deliveries are more complicated in New York.

5. Who would you love to team up with for a project?

My Husband… he has amazing taste and always offers the practical solution to a design problem.



6. We love that you aren't afraid of color. What is your favorite color to use at the moment?

I always love to use green. To me, it works with almost everything and it’s such a happy color. I am doing a coral guest bedroom for a client and I am so excited about it. My client loves coral, and she has really inspired this room. Finding the perfect shade of coral is not easy, but if you find it – it’s so fabulous.


7. When designing a room, where do you splurge and where do you save?
If you’re starting from scratch, most people can’t splurge on everything. To me it makes sense to splurge on a great sofa with clean, classic lines. You’ll have it for ages and can recover it or have slip covers made for a fresh look. I also splurge on lamps, but save on shades. Custom lampshades can cost a fortune and a simple paper shade with some gimp or ribbon applied to the top and bottom edge looks like a million bucks. You can also paint a paper shade, which is a great look. Beautiful books are affordable accessories, and used books are even cheaper.



8. Has your role as a designer changed with the economic recession?

Yes. People are spending less at every level, but as a designer, I still have to deliver the same quality of work. It makes you more resourceful and forces you to come up with new ideas.

9. You need to find the perfect accessory to finish a room- where do you go to find it?

This is why good decorating takes a long time…. I shop for it on the internet, but more often I shop in New York, Connecticut, Atlanta, Raleigh, Greensboro, and Charlotte at boutiques, antique shops, estate sales, junk shops, auctions and antique shows.

10. What are your thoughts on "big box stores" as a source for furniture or accessories? Do you ever use them? What are your favorites?

I love Ikea.  And everyone loves Target for a reason, as they have some great options for accessories. I recently bought some glass hurricanes from Michael’s for practically nothing, and my bedside tables are from JC Penney!

11. The tough question- What do you think is the "next big thing" in interior design?

I think good design is only going to get more accessible to the masses. I’m pretty sure this isn’t a good thing for interior designers, but people want to be able to buy beautiful, well made and carefully designed furniture, fabrics, etc. and put it all together themselves.


Megan, thank you so much for sharing with Matters of Style!  We look forward to seeing more of your work and to following your success!
All photos courtesy of Megan Young Designs and Southern Living

4 comments:

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

I love and share Megan's design philosophy. I'm always editing away "stuff" from client's spaces to draw attention to something with real character. I love her orange dining room with the green chairs. Such a happy space.

Dayka (Life +Style) said...

great interview--thanks for sharing!

Aesthetic Oiseau said...

Love Megan Young! Great interview! And thanks for the mention :)

Sarah said...

Wow, I missed Megan and she's right here in my backyard! Glad I caught it here.

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