We are so excited to introduce y’all to our newest designer at SummerHouse | Ridgeland! Her name is Lana Pate and she is such a perfect addition to our team. We love this girl, and we think you will too. Get to know her a little better with this quick Q&A!
What got you interested in the Interior Design field?
One of my mother’s best friends was a decorator as I was growing up. Our families spent a lot of time together. I loved being around her amazing and never ending energy. It was impressive watching her make “something” out of “nothing”. She encouraged me at an early age to pursue my talents and dreams, and she remained a mentor to me throughout my career.
How would you describe your personal taste in design?
My personal taste is much like my personality – colorful! I decorate my home the same way I advise my clients to design theirs – by surrounding myself with things I love. I love original art with bold bright colors. I also have a huge obsession for luxurious fabrics. Velvet being my most favorite! Did I mention I love gold? A girl’s got to have a little bling in her world. My decor is classic with a dose of French and pops of color.
What is your favorite day to spend a day off?
I like to spend my day off by sleeping in then meeting my sister for a delicious lunch at one of our local restaurants. In the afternoon, I like to go see a movie alone. It’s a different experience going to the cinema alone versus with family/friends. When I’m alone, I can completely immerse myself in the story and escape reality for a couple of hours. I like to end my day with a long hot bath and a good book.
What’s the best movie you’ve seen recently and why?
Since I literally go almost every week, it’s hard to narrow the field. Though it’s been a few months, The Light Between Oceans had a profound effect on me. The story and the characters were very complex. It was an incredibly sad movie (book), but I could sympathize with each character’s plight. I pretty much cried the entire time.
What is your favorite source of design inspiration?
My go to source has always been magazines such as Veranda, Traditional Home, Architectural Digest, etc. I think I started subscribing to Traditional Home when I was 13. But I also enjoy letting art inspire me. If I hit a “block” on a project, I’ll head to a local art gallery. It never fails to get my creativity flowing again
How do you take your caffeine?
My daily dose is unsweetened tea. But my favorite is Dr. Pepper (preferably in a can). Sadly, I consider those treats these days!
What is your favorite part of being in the Summerhouse family so far?
I’m loving being surrounded by so much creative energy. I enjoy how everyone just seems to feed off one another. It’s fun to see others’ projects and design styles. And it’s nice to have sounding boards sometimes.
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Thank you, Lana! Welcome to the SummerHouse fam! 🙂