A few months ago, I started following the Instagram account for Bri Robert's company White Pear Interiors. I just fell in love with her style; the spaces are bright, cheery and full of textures. I continuously find decor inspiration from her photos, and that is why I recommend adding her to your list of people to follow! I'm so excited that she agreed to do a Follow Friday interview. Learn more about her life, style and recommendations below!
Service: Interior Styling and Design
Owner: Bri Roberts
Location: Daniel Island-Charleston, SC
TDC: Tell us a little about how you entered the world of interior design. How long have you been designing?
WPI: I've always been aware of how our surroundings can play a huge role in how we feel. A lovely, bright space can make you feel calm and peaceful; while a dark, cluttered room can make you feel trapped and anxious...without even realizing why!
After going to college for journalism, I realized creating beautiful spaces was my real passion. I worked for several contractors, providing client design advice, before launching my own styling company 3 years ago!
TDC: What inspired the name "White Pear Interiors?"
WPI: My grandmother is a gifted artist, and she and I have always been very close. Sadly, age and physical restrictions have made it increasingly difficult for her to keep painting. One of her last paintings was given to me as a gift... a still life watercolor of a group of white pears. I couldn't think of a better name for my business than one that intertwines her passions with mine.
TDC: Give us 5 words that would describe your style?
WPI: I'm drawn to so many different styles..But right now I'd have to say: Bright & Airy, Modern Farmhouse, New Traditional
TDC: White Pear Interiors offers digital design plans. Can you share a little about how that works?
WPI: Digital Design is a great solution for people who need a plan to follow, but want to pull the room together on their own. You'll send us pictures and measurements of your room, along with a quick survey to help us narrow down your style. After a few edits and tweaks, we send you complete plan you can follow to achieve your dream space, in your own time and at your own pace. It includes wall colors, furniture suggestions and placement, window treatments, flooring options, even the accessories to put on your bookshelves! It's perfect for clients with busy schedules, since all of our communication with you is done by phone or email. (We offer hourly services as well, for those who need a little more one-on-one help!)
TDC: You’re a mom to little ones; can you offer any advice to women who want their spaces to look stylish and yet remain kid-friendly?
WPI: A beautiful room is only as good as the amount of life that's lived in it! I certainly don't have the time (or patience!) to try and keep my kids and my design style separate. Hard-working, stain resistant fabrics on chairs and sofas are a must for me. While they can be a little more of an investment, the extra cost is worth the time you WON'T be spending cleaning up dirty feet or spilled juice! Another tip? Everyone has clutter and junk...hide it in plain sight by using baskets, bins, and coffee tables with hidden storage. There are baskets in every single room of my home...for toys, for unsorted mail, for bathroom necessities, you name it. My favorite splurge source for baskets is Serena and Lily or Land of Nod. My go-to affordable source is TJMaxx or Marshalls!
TDC: What is your favorite wall color right now?
WPI: Crushed Ice, by Sherwin Williams. It's the softest, palest hint of gray. My entire house is this color!
TDC: If readers can only afford to make one change in their room, what do you think makes the most impact? (wall color, windows, rugs, upholstery, art...)
WPI: It's a tie between wall color and window treatments. Both go so far towards making your room feel finished.
TDC: Have you noticed any exciting, new trends in home decor lately?
WPI: I love that mixing high and low continues to be popular. Great design is achievable on any budget! I can't stand stuffy, snobby decorators or stores!
TDC: If you're like me, you definitely notice the interiors in restaurants! What Charleston restaurant currently has you swooning over the interior design and atmosphere?
WPI: Cannon Green, located downtown! Every element is so well-executed, and the artwork by Teil Duncan and Lulie Wallace are show stoppers.
Okay, so who do you recommend for #FollowFriday? Any instagram accounts or blogs that you think I should feature? Would love for you to leave a comment below!