This month in our series of conversations with people we believe practice inspired everyday living, we’re speaking with Carrie McCarthy. Carrie is the founder and co-author of Style Statement: Live by Your Own Design. Her book, is a Discover-It-Yourself guide to defining your authentic self. It is a “compass for creating a life that reflects you in everyway, from your wisdom to your wardrobe, from your longings to your living room.”
Laura was so inspired by the Carrie’s book, she immediately scheduled a consultation with her (to learn more about Laura’s Style Statement click here!). We hope you’re as inspired by Carrie as we are!
Carrie, what inspired you to start your business?
I was inspired to start Style Statement to help woman discover their authentic style. To marry my two passions, design and meaning – I love working with people to guide them towards what is possible.
What is the meaning of home for you?
Home is a place to be your self, a place that reflects you, a place that inspires and embraces you. It can be bold, Modern, classic – I appreciate it all but surround myself in a quiet palate with meaningful pieces and natural textures. My favorite designer is nature.
Do you have any favorite everyday rituals?
Everyday I love to wake to my two year old son saying, “moring,” (no n) we sit on the floor with a cup of tea and Play. And every style statement session I say an appreciation Prayer.
What inspires you about your home? How does it make you feel?
I am Inspired by our treasured belongings, 1880 convent table, charcoal drawing of my son, my favorite artist, Patricia larsen’s paintings, my husbands scent feels grounding to me, my son’s wooden toys, books and more books Feels like family.
If you were moving, what three things would you take with you?
I would take with me, my allesi glass vase, my design books and our collection of primitive pottery.
How would you describe your home?
Our home is layered in whites, creams and nature collected from around the world. It feels like a whisper with a playful twist!
How does your home reflect who you are?
It is my essence, it is how I paint a picture, creating vignettes of found treasures, food and nature. I love and live for creating home for my family and for others. It fulfills me and inspires me.
Please name one change you have made in your home that has transformed your life in some way.
I have refined our kitchen. My health and wellbeing is a priority, and in order to feel great, be productive, and run after my little one I need to keep healthy and tasty food at hand. I create a Grocery and Menu list every week, from my fav food people – love Jamie Oliver & 101 Cookbooks.
How do you feel about your day-to-day living? If you could change one thing about how spend your time, or bring one new quality into your home and life, what would it be?
I would not work at home. It is convenient and economical but I get lonely and miss working with a great team.
Carrie has conducted more than 2,000 Style Statement consultations with clients from all over the world, and has been featured in Real Simple, Elle, Vogue, Body & Soul, and Domino. As an interior designer, Carrie offers a wonderful opportunity for people to discover and express their authentic style. She founded her company on the principle that true style creates both beauty and ease in people’s lives. She has designed for multi-million dollar estates and small studios, and styled for lifestyle magazines, luxury hotels and architectural firms. As a graduate of the London College of Fashion, Carrie established Robe, which was a dramatic contrast from her early career as a nationally ranked track and field athlete. Carrie lives in Vancouver, B.C, Canada with her husband and two year old son.
Check out Carrie’s book Style Statement: Live by Your Own Design or read Carrie’s interview with Laura about her Style Statement: “Classic Serenity.”
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