Chris Nease is founding editor and creative director of Celebrations at Home, based in Virginia. She is an expert in home entertaining and party styling, and for over 15 years has helped people celebrate with fun and a touch of flair. Chris has wrote for Ocala Style, HGTV.com, Woman’s World, Homes.com, and SheKnows.com; and has worked with brands such as Pottery Barn, Martha Stewart, Pier 1 and Pepperidge Farm. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Chris Nease.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
I’d call my style Modern-Classic. I love all the latest trends, and ideas for adding decorative touches and personality. But when it comes to the big items that will last a long time, I go for traditional lines, and design that will stand the test of time.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
First I see the big picture in my head. Then I figure out how to create it layer by layer. Even with an overall plan in mind, my best ideas come while I’m in the moment putting it all together.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
I’ve been fortunate to collaborate with some amazingly talented and business savvy women in this field. All of whom I have great admiration and respect for. But one friend, Amy Belle Isle, branched out from blogging a few years ago to become the event coordinator for Operation Shower. She’s helped grow this non-profit organization that gives baby showers to the wives of our deployed service men, into a nationally recognized charity that’s worked with the White House, The Ellen Show, and many celebrities. I love that she helps turn something as simple as a ‘party’ into a meaningful event that gives back to communities.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
Inspiration is everywhere and sometimes the best thing to do is just get out into the world and explore. It can be local shopping, antiquing, dining in a new restaurant, or just going to the park. I can be directly influenced by something I see, or just clear my head so fresh ideas can flow.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
I’m the epitome of the accidental business woman. I wasn’t brought up with an entrepreneurial spirit. But just as my father “fell” into owning his own business after being laid off from a 30 year old job, I found myself “falling” into a business after being a SAH mom for 8 years. I followed my passion for entertaining and my propensity for teaching others, and grew my blog. From there I’ve had great opportunities to work with brands and publications. I would encourage people to make meaningful connections with others in the industry and to always improve on your own skills.