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Q&A with Carolyne Roehm

In celebration of Carolyne Roehm's latest publication, Design & Style: A Constant Thread, we chatted with her about how she fell in love with fashion and design, where she finds inspriation, and her favorite advice from over the years.

Q.

In your new book, Design & Style: A Constant Thread, you share details from your life story for the first time in print. What inspired you to do that?

A.

I had never written about my age-long desire to be a fashion designer. I loved designing, and after a certain success, I encountered a period of tragedy and great sadness. Because of this, I made the decision to shut down my business, and that broke my heart. I completely walked away from anything to do with fashion. Time helps cure and finally I decided some 25 years later to revisit that time, and thus this new book that encompasses all aspects of my creative life, weaving them into my constant thread of design.

Q.

When did you first know you wanted to enter the world of design and fashion?

A.

When I was in elementary school, I saw a movie where a character actually played dress-up and created clothes and accessories as a job. That taught me about the idea of being a designer.

Q.

Where do you find inspiration in your everyday life?

A.

Nature is the grand teacher. We learn about line, proportion, texture, pattern and, above all else, magnificent color. I love working with color because it is fun and fascinating. The only thing I love more is playing with my dogs and growing flowers. A walk in the garden with my pups is without a doubt a joy.

Q.

What interior design look or theme do you see trending in 2019?

A.

I have been saying this and hoping for the last 10 years that we do not lose the great artisans who have created so much beauty in the past. I am a classicist, and the rich design vocabulary of other times should not be discarded because it is not modern. I hope to see a stronger and better integration of the past with the present. No design is created in a vacuum. It is built upon the shoulders of previous creation. Thank God, I am so bored with plain white walls, with little character, and splashes of modern paint as wall decor with huge TV screens. I could do a dissertation on this subject!

Q.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

A.

I believe with all of my soul and my mind that the most important gift we have beyond our health is enthusiasm and curiosity and, of course, the ability to love.

Images // @carolyneroehm

Join us on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a book signing and exclusive design presentation by Carolyne Roehm at our Wisteria Dallas store.

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