Libby Wilkie is the founder of Libby Wilkie Designs, where she loves to design products, especially dinnerware and ceramics from North Carolina. Libby has spent most of her career designing home furnishing products, working for high end companies, including fashion brands and on a freelance basis. She has designed rugs, ceramics, paper products, wallpaper and bedding. Libby loves colour and design, especially when she gets to play with new shades within her home. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Libby Wilkie.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
My style for home interiors is a mix of fun and colorful with traditional. I like to combine antiques with lots of color. My creative aesthetic combines a classic style with a touch of glamour!
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
As a lifestyle blogger I am always searching for new ideas for my readers. I will browse Pinterest or Instagram; I spend hours on websites; and I gather ideas and inspiration from print magazines.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
I’ve always admired other creatives who have a vision; whether it is a retailer who makes things happen, or another artist who has a strong sense of style. As a textile designer then art studio owner and now as a blogger, I feel fortunate to have had several wonderful mentors.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
Market shopping is my greatest inspiration, followed by travel. Ideas will often appear from unexpected sources: and then the interpretation begins. Taking pictures is integral to this process.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
Being able to adapt to various business environments has been important. The surface design world has changed dramatically since I first started, but being able to transition into different products and ways of designing has been critical. One very important bit of advice: always reply to a client (or now, a blog follower) right away!