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Leigh Olive Mowry,
founder of Olive Interiors
1. How long have you been a designer? I’ve been an interior designer for 18 years.
2. Why do you do what you do? There is nothing more fulfilling that watching a one-dimensional floorplan evolve into a beautifully designed home or renovating a home so that it reaches its potential for greatness. It is so rewarding to visualize the space in your head for months and work tirelessly to achieve this vision. When you walk into the home after it is built, the interior design is complete and the client looks at you with tears in their eyes and hugs you…there is nothing better! It makes all of the hard work worth it.
3. What is your favorite type of space to design? I would have to say bedrooms are my favorite spaces to design. This is the room where you relax and want to be in complete comfort. It is a more private space that should reflect the personality of the person that you are designing for. From the decor of a bedroom you can usually tell the gender and age of the person who resides there because these spaces are so specific and so personal. It requires you to dig a little bit deeper into your client’s temperament which, in my opinion, makes the design process more meaningful.
4. You founded Olive Interiors 16 years ago. What advice would you give yourself when you were first starting out? Trust your instincts. Usually your initial thought about a specific design direction or a potential client are almost always correct.
Right: A Currey & Company chandelier defines the space at The Palms in Columbus, Georgia.
5. Do you have a design motto you live by? The following quote by Charles Eames says it all, "The details are not the details. They make the design.”
6. Why is lighting so important in design? The lighting in a home changes the mood of a space and can make the perceived size of the space seem larger or smaller. The placement, style, color and type of lighting are all important aspects of interior design. They work together with color selections, room size and furniture selection. When the correct lighting is achieved a room is transformed into a seamless integration of functionality and style.
7. Why Currey & Company? I have been ordering lighting from Currey and Company for over a decade and have rarely used the same thing twice because there is an endless selection of unique and inspirational pieces to choose from. Currey and Company’s lighting, furniture and accent pieces are exquisitely made and make a wonderful statement in any type of installation.
8. And do you have a favorite Currey & Company piece? It is hard to pick my favorite, however, The Paradox Chandelier (#9159) is absolutely stunning! The scale of it is massive. The design is completely unique and very transitional. It has silver and gold finish so it lends itself to any of the other metal finishes that might be in a room. It is just perfect!
Left: The Paradox Chandelier at Lakeside in Columbus, Georgia.