House & Home: How would you describe your style?
Lindsey Coral Harper: I would say I'm traditional with a twist. I like colour, and I love pattern and texture. I like an unexpected colour palette and I love to layer.
H&H: You clearly are not afraid of colour or patterns! How do you select your vibrant palettes and do you have any that are your go-to's?
LCH: I start by shopping. For every new project, I shop and see what I gravitate towards for that specific job, house and/or client. I shop and edit, shop and edit, until I have built up several different schemes for the project. Then I meet with the client and see what they gravitate towards and what they fall in love with. Then it just continues to build itself.
H&H: The Westmount home featured in Maison & Demeure is a historic house; are there special challenges when working with older places? How do you approach the design differently then you would for a newer space?
LCH: I'm from the South, Georgia specifically. I grew up in very old houses, so for me it's second nature. I embrace the small spaces, the interesting and/or odd room. I believe there is so much history in older homes they already have character; they sort of tell you what they want to be. In a newer space, you sometimes have to work a little harder to make them interesting and/or cozy. Whether new or old, they are all blank canvases to me, and that is always the interesting part of my job, creating something from nothing.
H&H: You've said that you like to use local products in your designs; how do you find contractors when you're working in different cities and who are some of your favourite artists?
LCH: I love to travel and like to learn about new resources and find local craftsmen, shops and trades people. I ask around, read magazines and typically find reputable vendors through other vendors. I am partial to my decorative painter who lives in NYC and Milan, Jay Lohmann. We have known each other for years. He is a true talent and dear friend, a dynamo to be around and he is willing to pack his paintbrushes and passport and hop on a plane with me. He is always up for the challenge and keeps me in stitches!
H&H: What/Who are some of your current inspirations?
LCH: It was recently fashion week... so I've been watching the shows, seeing what is happening on the runways in New York and Paris. I also have the luxury of living in New York City and I walk to work... there is inspiration all around me.
1. Lindsey Coral Harper headshot, Kelly Stuart
2. All rooms, Ngoc Minh Ngo