We are thrilled to share the news that we have a couple of new designers at SummerHouse | Oxford! Chad Holman and Jenni Hilbun have officially joined the SHOX squad as Interior Designers, and Maddie Ertle (who you may remember from here) has moved on up to an Interior Designer position as well! Laurie Conway is still killing it as an Oxford designer so we just have a really great team going on up there!
Today, we want to introduce you to Chad! We conducted our usual Q&A with him to get to know him a little better. We think you’re going to love him as much as we do!
Can you tell us a little bit about your background? Where you grew up, where you went to school, family, etc…?
I spent most of my formative years in Holly Springs MS where I attended Marshall Academy. After Highschool I attended Memphis College of Art. I am married and in the process of fostering 2 girls. The youngest is one and the oldest is two.
At what point did you realize you were interested in interior design? Elaborate just a tad!
I realized I wanted to be an interior designer at a young age. I remember being no older than ten and much to my parents’ dismay rearranging the living room when no one was around. It has always been my passion. I had no choice in the matter. This is the profession I was born to do.
If you could travel anywhere in the world for a week, where would you go? Why?
I have a severe wanderlust for India. I have traveled extensively, and this is one place that I have always wanted to go but never had the chance. I want to explore the cuisine, culture, landscapes, etc… I imagine its streets lined with spice markets, exotic flowers, and gorgeous textiles… Heaven!
What is the best movie you’ve seen recently? Why’d you like it?
The Shape of Water – It was visually stunning!
What’s your favorite local restaurant and why?
It has to be City Grocery. I love it for the shrimp and grits. Why else?
What is your favorite design publication?
I love Architectural Digest and Elle Décor. You will always find these on my coffee table at home. I also love Dwell and Paper magazine. I am always scouring the web for great design blogs. Two of my favorites are Apartment34.com and Yellowtrace.com.au.
Give us the number one reason you’re excited to be a part of the SummerHouse team!
Its reputation! I love being a part of such a talented and established team of designers with a design firm with as many accolades as SummerHouse.
What is your favorite thing about being an interior designer?
I love being able to increase the quality of peoples lives. The spaces we live in are a direct reflection of us. Knowing that I create spaces that give my clients a sense of pride or a beautiful calming place to retreat to after a long day makes me happy. It makes all the long hours and hard work completely worth it.
Who is your favorite character on a TV show OR who is your favorite TV personality and why?
What else do we need to know about you?
I feel that the relationship between designer and client is a close one. We are invited into their homes and is some cases become part of the extended “family”. Because of these relationships I love to put something in every room I design that makes the client laugh or at least brings a smile to their face when they see it. This can be something small and inconspicuous. Most of the time its an inside joke between the client and myself. Many people get caught up in the serious aspects of design. I always try to take the time to step back and remember to have fun. I believe it shows in the finished design.
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Thank you so much for your time, Chad! It’s a pleasure having you on board. 🙂