Shannon Claire Interiors Interview + Giveaway

Sharing an interview with our interior designer Shannon Claire Interiors plus an E-Design giveaway! 

Shannon Claire Interiors Interview | E-Design Giveaway | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

If you’ve been following along on our living + dining room reveal, you know there was someone behind the beautiful space. Her name is Shannon of Shannon Claire Interiors and she helped Joshua and myself create our dream space. Without her, the room would look NOTHING like it does now. From the layout to the paintings to the marble wall and more. She had a vision and it completely came to life to create one beautiful, cozy space for us to enjoy!

So today, I wanted to interview Shannon to help y’all understand a little bit more about what an interior designer does and some tips Shannon has for you when you do work with one. Just a little plug, you should totally work with Shannon! She is incredibly talented and truly one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. Oh, she’s hilarious too! Read more about my experience with her here.

First, what exactly does an interior designer do?

My goal as an interior designer is to create a space for my clients that is more beautiful than they could have imagined. There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes- a lot of people assume that design involves playing with fabrics and colors and pretty accessories. And while that’s certainly true sometimes, I always tell people that design is 10% creativity and 90% paperwork. Project management, spreadsheets, space planning, layouts, vendor relationships, a therapist for your clients, and yes, playing with fabrics, are a few of the many responsibilities of a designer. But at the end of the day, the goal is to create a space that my client loves and one in which they feel completely at home.

When should someone reach out to an interior designer?

If you are considering working with an interior designer, do not hesitate! If you want to zhush up your space and don’t know where to start, or if you are stuck in a creative rut, consider working with a designer. I always try to push the envelope and get my clients to include things in their project that they would never have even thought of- for Laura’s home, she said she never would have considered the artwork above her sofa but now it’s one of her (and my!) favorite pieces in the space! A designer has the ability to look at the space from a completely objective angle- you live and relax in the space all the time, and sometime it’s hard to see the forest through the trees.

What is your number one tip for those who want to work with an interior designer?

Trust your designer. You hired a designer for a reason, and every project will be doomed to fail if there is no trust. Sometimes it’s really easy to get caught up in the supporting details of the space, but the designer has the ability to see the space as a whole. Trust that that person has your best interests at heart and will create a space that you love!

What do you believe is the biggest benefit in working with an interior designer?

Thinking outside of the box and seeing the space as a livable space, but elevated. More than just the design of the space, the designer will have the ability to envision the best layout for the space that fits both form and function

What is your favorite thing about the space you designed for us?  

Oh man, I love so much about it! The artwork above the sofa is so beautiful, and I love the calligraphy print- it’s the personal touches like that that really make me happy as a designer. I always try to include at least one piece that starts a conversation or one piece that is a surprise and sentimental that makes the space unique.

Any additional thoughts or words for those thinking or getting ready to work with an interior designer….

Your home is your sanctuary- where you spend your personal time relaxing, sleeping, and eating. It is 100% worth the time and investment to work with someone to make that space the best version that it can be, for you!

Now for the EXTREMELY EXCITING part…Shannon Claire Interiors is giving one lucky Louella Reese reader a E-Design {$1,500 value}

Find out what an E-Design is and how to enter below! Also, be sure to follow along with both of us via Instagram {@shannonclaire and @louellareese} as we will be giving you an additional way to enter this week!
Bright Airy Living Room Design Board | Blue and White Living Room | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

What is E-Design?

E-Design is a simple, virtual design option offered to give clients the opportunity to create a custom room with Shannon Claire Interiors, even if you live far away or don’t want to retain Shannon Claire for full-service design services. All communication is done remotely to provide a comprehensive step-by- step plan for creating a professional designed space that perfectly meets your individual style, space, and budget.

How does the process work?

During our initial exchange, we will discuss the direction of your space- your wishes, aesthetic, needs, and dreams. After you’ve filled out a questionnaire and sent all necessary measurements, I put together an initial Story Board to act as an inspiration for your finished project. Once it’s signed off on, I begin the process of designing your room top to bottom.

What is the final result?

A complete mood board with all of the pieces I recommend for your space, from the paint colors to the custom fabrics. Accompanying the design board will be a comprehensive floorplan so that you can implement the perfect arrangement in your space, and a complete source list of all items for ordering. Great! What do I need to do to get started? First, you need to fill out the questionnaire so that we can establish the budget and all of the requirements for the room. Then, you send over photos of the space along with room measurements. After that is received, we go over all of the inspiration photos (Pinterest boards, etc.) that you have, and I get right to work on the Story Board!
Bright Airy Dining Room Design Board | Marble Wallpaper | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
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  1. Danielle wrote:

    Love the idea of a livable, yet elevated space. Your space came out beyond gorgeous!

    xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

    Posted 1.22.18 Reply
  2. Kelssey Layton wrote:

    Love this inside look! As a military family we move every couple of years but I can’t wait for the day to have a permanent space that we can decorate! I will DEFINITELY be hiring a interior designer to help the process!

    Posted 1.22.18 Reply
    • Thank you so much Kelsey! Aw, I am very excited for you, when that day comes. You’ll have SO much fun! Also, thank you for your family for their service.

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 1.22.18 Reply
  3. dominique wrote:

    What a great post! Our master bedroom is B O R I N G. I would love the assistance of an interior designer to make the space polished, inviting and restful. She did a wonderful job!

    Posted 1.22.18 Reply
    • Thanks Dominique! Well I hope you entered!!! Shannon is incredible! Can’t recommend her enough.

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 1.22.18 Reply
  4. Anna english wrote:

    Shannon sounds like a god-send! I totally entered 🙂

    Posted 1.22.18 Reply
  5. Such an interesting interview – loved it!

    The Leach Life |

    Posted 1.22.18 Reply
  6. Amanda wrote:

    I love interior design! Such a great post & giveaway! <3
    Amanda |

    Posted 1.22.18 Reply
  7. Rita wrote:

    This is such a great post. Soon will be moving into our new house. Curreltly I am planning all about the decor. This post definitely helpful for me. Thank you for sharing.
    Rita |

    Posted 1.22.18 Reply
    • Thank you so much Rita! Glad you found it to be helpful! Hope you entered and maybe Shannon and help you in your new home.

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 1.22.18 Reply
  8. Maggie wrote:

    I most definitely entered this giveaway! your home is flawless and I am so inspired by it! I severely need help designing our home!

    Posted 1.22.18 Reply
    • Yay! So happy you did. Fingers are definitely crossed for you lady. Thank you so much!!!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 1.23.18 Reply
  9. JESSICA wrote:

    We just bought our first house and are in DESPERATE need of help decorating! this would be amazing!
    xo Jessica

    Posted 1.22.18 Reply
  10. Shira wrote:

    This sounds amazing. I dream of having my own space one day to decorate exactly how I want!

    Posted 1.22.18 Reply
    • Thank you! Yes, right there with you. This is “my” first space to truly decorate and it’s very exciting. Can’t wait for you to have your own soon too!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 1.23.18 Reply
  11. This is definitely something I’ve been trying to budget in for 2018. I have always wanted to work with an interior designer and now we finally have our own home. Thanks so much for this Giveaway!

    Posted 1.23.18 Reply
    • Working with a designer is truly the best! Saves you so much time and energy and you end up with a space you could have only dreamt of. Of course, thanks for checking it out and entering!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 1.23.18 Reply
  12. Ruthie wrote:

    Such an iNspiring post!! I always feel so lost with decor!!

    Posted 1.23.18 Reply