Each week, we’re bringing you top tips, favorite products, and Q&A’s with the designers in our Coastal Living and Southern Living Designer Network.
Charleston, SC designer Sandra Ericksen lets us in on what she’s loving right now, who inspires her most, and what every Southern home should have.
SL: How would you describe your decorating style?
SE: My own home is more traditional than most of my projects. I enjoy classic lines and themes that are kept current through color and accessories.
SL: What are you loving right now?
SE: Anything with peacock blue. I’ve always loved green but lately I’ve found myself gravitating towards the deep, moody blue. It helps that it looks great with green!
SL: What is something every Southern home should have?
SE: It’s no secret we are foodcentric in the south and I love using cloth napkins – it elevates any meal. I don’t worry about whether they are ironed unless it’s a dinner party. It’s just civilized and any chance to feel civilized in today’s world is welcomed!
SL: What should your clients save on?
SE: There are always spots where you can save on a project but it varies depending on the room and the client’s lifestyle. If you have rambunctious young children, rugs shouldn’t be precious. Window hardware should look good but no one gets up close and personal to see how it’s made – except for those awful telescoping curtain rods – they never work!
SL: What should your clients splurge on?
SE: I don’t know if it counts as a splurge but nice lamps are critical to the success of a room. Cheap lamps typically look cheap and cheapen the whole look of the room.
SL: What is your dream piece of furniture?
SE: An antique recamier sofa. I love the lines and can see myself reclining in style.
SL: Who are the Southern designers who inspire you most?
SE: Albert Hadley, Bunny Williams, and Suzanne Kasler.
SL: Why are you most excited about the Designer Network?
SE: The Network is still in its infancy but I see it as an opportunity for potential clients to find a designer they like and can relate to, while also providing us – the designers – a networking group we can utilize for ideas and professional advice.