Why use a designer?
Easy answer: all (truly) great things evolve collaboratively. More eyes—more muscle—more brainpower. Teaming up with a keen design eye—whereby, automatically adding the layer of product knowledge, connectivity and access—is a ‘no brainer’ first move if creating an inspiring space is what you desire.
Why shop the trade?
Why not? Limiting your options only limits your results.
What is your most valued design tip?
Be true to yourself and (most of all) be confident. Really, truly, deeply “own” what you love, and seek to “know it,” or find it through your design process. Be open and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
What makes your style unique?
…there’s a spark to it—a “Drew Factor”—something unexpected always happens. Almost every client—at some point—says to me: “never, ever—in a million years—would I have come up with that on my own!” (…and I have some pretty savvy clients). I believe that’s what makes the process special when it comes to my involvement.
Who is your design icon and why?
Wow. Design icon? Do I have to have only one? Forced to choose? I’d say Yves Saint Laurent b/c his overall persona embodied every ounce of the elegance and sophistication he shared through his designs.
If you were a piece of furniture, what would you want to be and why?
Funny—I’ve long said I was a slipper chair in another life. They’re always lean, sexy, sleek, mobile—they fit anywhere, go everywhere—usually more daring in shape and upholstery—AND—they vibrate in a room with a kind of verve that a “normal” chair just doesn’t quite channel.
What is your favorite movie set?
Not so much movies, but Broadway. The intricacies of a stage set fascinates me endlessly—especially the ones that twist and turn into so many completely different rooms out of only a few meticulously organized pieces… in seconds and before your eyes.
Name three things you cannot live without:
Sunshine. Tailored shirts. Aged French Bordeaux.