Dillards.com caught up with renowned interior designer Candice Olson to talk bedding, bath and everything she loves about making interiors shine.
Q. Where do you draw most of your inspiration for products?
A. I’m big into getting all I can from the spring and fall fashion shows. My line of bedding is very fashion-driven. Color combinations or fabrics like lace, feathers or jewel clusters were huge on the runways and then in home stores within a year.
Q. Who are your major influences?
A. I really admire Ralph Lauren, both his designs and his business savvy. I always remind people that this isn’t just a hobby, this is a career, and Ralph Lauren has been able to withstand the test of time.
Q. Did you attend school for interior design or are you self-taught?
A. I spent three years of university finding myself — learning about psychology, biology, kinesiology and chemistry. Interior design was the perfect balance that bridged the technical, scientific world with the artistic, creative one. I packed my bags and earned my degree from the School of Interior Design at Ryerson University in Toronto and never looked back!
Q. What do you feel you bring to the industry?
A. I’m a realist at heart and my designs reflect that. People don’t live in magazine-photo homes. They live in houses that have kids and pets.
Q. What’s the ultimate message you want to get across through your product?
A. You can have a home that is beautiful and practical — it just starts with being really honest with yourself about your lifestyle. Ask yourself exactly what it is that you like about a room — is it the color, lighting, patterns, the furniture, the openness? All of these factors can be manipulated to some degree to suit your own personal tastes and lifestyle.