I adore the words of Jan de Luz, "Style…isn’t something that you apply like hand cream. It comes from within, as an emanation from your own being.”
Vancouver based interior designer Patricia Gray is the perfect case in point. For those of us who follow her blog, we are well versed in Patricia’s inimitable style. Her designs are both studied and precise, while being completely livable and inviting. It is one of the main reasons Patricia never fails to excite and inspire.
As I have alluded to numerous times, my design tastes run the spectrum. Patricia’s timeless and classic designs, with an undeniable modern edge, are the perfect prescription for my neuroses.
Patricia received her training at the Parson's School of Design in Paris. She is a member of the Inter-Society Color Council of New York, the National Council for Interior Design, the Interior Designers of Canada and a certified Feng-Shui practitioner. Patricia's portfolio includes feature projects throughout the US and Canada, as well as in Japan, Singapore and Africa. A few notable design clients include John Travolta and Rob Feenie.
Photo by Roger Brooks
How would you describe your design style?
I like furniture to have good lines, rooms to have good ‘bones', Juxtaposition of good antiques and artwork with modern design.
What inspires your creativity and designs?
Travel, being around young people, the ocean and the desert.
What is your most prized possession?
I don’t know if you could call her a ‘possession” but my 4 ½ pound Yorkshire Terrier, Nicole.
What is the one thing in life you cannot live without?
My cup of coffee in the morning.
Who are your style icons?
Interior Designers: Michael Taylor, Andree Putman, Antonio Citterio
Fashion: Coco Chanel, Dianna Vreeland
Who would you most like to collaborate with on a project?
The great Albert Hadley.
What is your favorite luxury in life?
Travel. The best holiday I ever gave myself was a cruise from Rio to Barcelona. 10 days at sea crossing the Atlantic. It was the most relaxing time I have ever had. Nowhere to go, nothing to do….eat, sleep, eat some more.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Clients that allow me be creative.
Past or present who has most influenced your direction in life?
My Mother for nurturing my creativity in childhood.
My Father for teaching me good values: integrity, self reliance, and perseverance.
Who would you most like to meet and how would you spend the day?
The dowager Queen Noor of Jordan. I have admired her for years from a TV interview with Larry King. Her style and humanitarianism left an indelible impression on me. However she would like to spend it!!
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