Lindsey Black started out as a physical therapist, but her dream to be an artist always stayed with her and was allowed to finally flourish as she and her husband designed and built their own home. She fell in love with the art of interior design in that process and took the leap from physical therapy to full-time interior designer. And she has never looked back. To see her work, you’d assume she’s spent years studying her craft. Her preternatural gift for creating gorgeous interiors will simply blow you away. We are delighted to introduce Lindsey Black of Lindsey Black Interiors. We asked her to describe her design aesthetic, let us in on some tricks of the trade and give us a glimpse of her stunning portfolio. We hope you enjoy!
What is your design aesthetic and how does it set you apart?
I describe my aesthetic as being comprised of thoughtful and impactful use of color, texture and pattern paired with a mix of modern and classic elements. There is flexibility within my style that is shaped by the client’s personality, interests and lifestyle.
Tell us a bit about your background and experience in design.
My background in design is atypical as I have a doctorate degree in physical therapy and practiced as a physical therapist for more than 10 years. Yet, my childhood dream was to be an artist, and I have always had a pull towards being a creative. Ultimately, it was the process of designing and building our own home that proved to me, beyond a doubt, that I wanted to do this as a career. Initially, I took on a few projects while still employed as a physical therapist, but quickly realized I couldn’t keep up with two separate careers. It was a risky decision to leave my stable job for one with no guarantees, but it has proven to be one of the greatest decisions I have made. I sincerely love what I do, and I am filled with excitement for every project I am chosen to be a part of.
Are there any trends you are loving at the moment, and, alternately, any timeless aspects of design that you cling to?
Wallpaper is back with a vengeance, and I couldn’t be happier about it. My favorite rooms to use wallpaper are the powder room and dining room, but I also like to incorporate it somewhere a bit less unexpected, such as in a bar area or on the ceiling. As for timeless aspects, I love velvet. It brings instant richness, depth and texture. I have even used it to upholster a custom theater door.
What has been your most challenging project to date and why? How did it help you grow as a designer?
There isn’t a particular project, but rather a challenging aspect of them, that I have dealt with in the past and grown from. On several occasions, I have had clients consult me after they have already made major decisions related to a project. They spent significant amounts of money on something without fully considering how it would affect the design as a whole. This puts limitations on the direction of the design and, in some cases, can prevent a client from being truly happy with the final product. This is a classic example of “throwing good money after bad.”
I have learned that before I take a project on, it’s best to be straightforward about whether I think the end result will meet the client’s expectations given decisions that have already been made. All of this can be avoided by having an initial consultation with a designer before beginning a project. Even if you don’t end up hiring them, you will likely gain guidance and advice that could save you from making an expensive mistake.
What brings you the most professional joy?
A text or email from a client expressing their satisfaction with their space, or when posed with a decision a client tells me, “You decide. I trust you.” Going through a remodel, new construction or just redecorating a room is stressful for a client, so getting the happy texts and knowing I have earned their trust brings me the greatest joy.
Do you have a favorite space in the home to design?
Every space has fun aspects to it, but I particularly enjoy designing bathrooms, because clients are often the most willing to take risks in them. You can have a big impact with a small space, and the “before & afters” never disappoint!