A conversation with Interior Designer Elaine Williamson

Not only is harlequin Williamson’s favorite “movement” in a room, she also borrowed the name for her firm’s home fragrance line. Her passion for the pattern stems from childhood. “When I was little, my father came up with this ingenious design technique for my bedroom wall. He used Kelly green yarn (and the mathematics of staggered thumbtacks to hold the yarn) to create a dimensional, green-outlined harlequin pattern on my pink walls. The memory of it still makes me swoon to this day!”

In fact, every room in the home is worth swooning over, according to Williamson, and that includes utility spaces. “I believe the laundry room is one of the most unloved rooms of a home,” the designer declares. “Why should we treat it any other way than other rooms? Dress it up! Wallpaper it! Put a chandelier in it! Personalize it! Oftentimes, we think of our guest powder rooms as the little ‘jewelry box’ of design in a home, however, I think laundry rooms are ripe for adventurous exploration and style. It’s already full of clothes, why not put a little jewelry in there?”

Indeed, Williamson has done just that. In some of laundry rooms she’s designed for clients, she’s utilized French wallpaper and installed a bubble chandelier befitting a space where bubbles are not out of place.

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Walk-in closets and dressing areas are also woefully neglected when it comes to décor. “Typically, we only see task lighting specified,” Williamson quips. “While I agree we need to specify recessed lights for tasks, we also need to dress up the dressing room!  You don’t need a full crystal chandelier, but just putting in decorative lighting of any sort acknowledges this space as a legitimate room,” she states. “At my design firm, we love to put sconces in closets. You get such a luxurious feel just by adding two sconces.”

Basically, Williamson’s design philosophy is this: “There are many facets of life and style in all of us. It is important to express this in your home’s design and décor.”

The road to achieving award-winning status has had its challenges, but has been ultimately rewarding. “I have a passion for this industry and the people whom I design for on a daily basis. I simply could not imagine pursuing any other career,” she reveals. “I had to work a little harder to get here, but  I am so humbled by the many talented members of my team and support staff each and every day.”

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