Heritage Grad Tara Dawkins recently completed a stunning design project for her clients who wanted a TV-free zone where they could curl up with a coffee and a book, or a cocktail and good friends. Keep reading to learn more about Tara and this amazing project!
I currently work part-time as an interior designer and stylist (Tara Dawkins Design, LLC), and part-time as a stay-at-home mom. My background is in marketing and communications, but after having kids, I enrolled at Heritage with the hope of turning my passion for design into a career. I also wanted the freedom and flexibility to work for myself. Aside from design knowledge, the best part of attending Heritage for me was the friendships that I made. I often work on projects with the incredibly-talented fellow Heritage grad Katie Andersen of Rooted Spaces (www.instagram.com/rootedspaces).
I believe that your home should be your happy place – where you want to be doing what you love to do (in my case, daily dance parties with my husband and two little kids). I also believe that good design is thoughtful, intentional, and personal. It changes not only how your home looks, but how you feel. While my own home is an eclectic mix of mid-century-boho-glam meets kid play zone, I enjoy working with a variety of interior styles. Like every native Portland girl, I love vintage shopping and mixing the old with the new.
About the Project:
My clients reached out to me to help them create a stylish, comfortable, and welcoming living room with Modern-Traditional “Anthro” vibes. They wanted a TV-free zone where they could curl up with a coffee and a book, or a cocktail and good friends. The space was essentially empty when I started this project, aside from one walnut mid-century style bar cabinet and a gold vintage-inspired mirror on the mantle.
My clients like a mix of styles — traditional, mid-century modern, contemporary, bohemian, modern organic, and touches of glam — and were struggling to pick a direction for the room. The gorgeous mirror was a great jumping off point to help us nail down the style direction. Above all, my clients knew they wanted to create a sophisticated space with pieces that are unique, yet practical and functional, that was eclectic in style, yet orderly and uncluttered.
We dubbed this room the #whiskeylounge for the beautiful and expandable (and well-stocked!) bar cabinet that sits in the corner. I can’t wait to go back to their home for a post-project drink!