All photos copyright Wing Ta
I had the pleasure of working with the talented Minneapolis based Rosanne Levi of Tailored Decor and Bits last year. This beautiful soul had taken time out to have a family and we worked together to re-envision her career which has many facets as an interior designer including fabric designer, colour expert, creator of her own luxury line of cushions (think Osborne and Little, Jim Thompson and Clarence house fabrics) and lover of all things elegant.
This beauty has so much passion for what she does, I remember in one of our first sessions she told me ‘a beautiful couch can bring me to tears’. When you love what you do that much it shows.
Over to Rosanne..
What inspired you to pursue interior design as a career?
My career choice was truly a “fluke!” Attending an art college was my first choice. I am the 9th of 10 children, and my parents’ goal was to get us all out of the home and independent. They were very unsure about my future as an artist so they highly discouraged me from taking that path. Frustrated, I didn’t know what I was going to do. My home economics teacher suggested Interior Design. I grew up in a small farming community and I had no idea what an interior designer even was. (This was well before HGTV shows even existed & the Internet was not around!) So, I went on to get a degree in Interior Design.
What designers do you love to use in your work?
There are so many great designers who are talented, inspiring and just lovely! Thomas Pheasant is a favorite. I love his classic/modern aesthetic. His furnishings reflect his genius in form and in the function. Barbara Barry also is so lovely with her California-Chic, Santa Barbara style. Joseph Dirand commercial interiors are always captivating. Clarence House, Jim Thompson, Osborne & Little…………all have amazing textiles that make me swoon!
Is there a feel or sensation you are trying to achieve when you decorate a room?
I want that space to feel and represent the person who is living there. Whatever that may be.
When designing, do you have any rules that you set for yourself or do you just go with the flow?
I need to walk into the space and feel the energy, address the light source and spend time with the client. Breathe and listen. Homes are souls – they tell you what they need if you just listen.
What is your favorite part about being a designer?
Design has so many facets to it. There is so much opportunity to grow! Interiors, textiles, products, etc. It is always evolving, drawing on history as it moves, which is so inspiring and fascinating to me.
What really excites and lights you up when it comes to creating a space?
When I get it right for the client and I can see the excitement in them. That jazzes me up!
What is most challenging to you when working on a project as an interior designer?
Unforeseen setbacks within the project. For instance, when hours/weeks of time are taken to find the “perfect” fabric selection for your client’s custom sofa, and then you go to place the order only to find out it is back-ordered or worse than that, no longer available. Reselection becomes the only option. Frustrating!!!
You are a mom to two beautiful kids, how do you juggle your career and being a mom?
Some days are easier than others. Perhaps the most important tools that I use are prioritizing my day with a list, living in the day/moment and saying “No” to the things that are not serving me or my family. I start my day with a list and if I get pulled from my desk (which is quite often) I just go back to my list to keep me on track. My mother used to tell me, “Today is a gift and we don’t know that we have tomorrow so make it the best that you can”. I never understood the depth of what she was teaching me when I was younger. When I became a mother, myself, is when this advice really resonated with me the most. Staying present allows me to really enjoy the moments. Whether I am with my family or in my work.
My juggling act would never be possible if it weren’t for the unconditional love and unwavering support of my husband, Pablo. He has been my pillar through the ups and downs, laughter and tears……….. a blessing, a gift that I do not take for granted.
All photos copyright Wing Ta
I hope you enjoyed this little peek into Rosanne Levi’s creative life and process. Please check out her beautiful work HERE
You can follow her daily Instagram decor inspiration HERE
Sending creative love
PS: I have one spot open for the coming months if you would like to re-envision your creative life and projects. All details HERE