Who inspires me?

Sometimes clients ask me who and what inspires me in design. I find inspiration everywhere.

Candice Olson is one of my favorite designers. She is masterful at combining traditional with contemporary, and her lighting applications are celestial. Is there anyone who doesn’t love the spaces she creates? Certainly not anyone I know! If you haven’t seen Candice’s creativity, tune in to Divine Design on HGTV.

I also find inspiration in design magazines. I may be showing early symptoms of hoarding magazines, but I prefer to say I am a collector! I am always looking for textured boxes and clever ways to store my beloved magazines. I subscribe to Traditional Home, Veranda, House Beautiful, Metropolitian, Oregon Home, Domino, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Home and Architectural Digest. I have a rule about going over 10 subscriptions year. That would mean I have a problem, right?

I also subscribe to over a dozen online blogs and articles. My two favorite design blogs are Design Sponge and Decorno.

Some of my closest friends are also interior designers in Portland. We share ideas and resources, compare client projects and spend hours in our spare time talking about what new pattern we should introduce to a new kidney pillow in our living room. Who else would listen to me go on and on about the Highland Court leopard print in ruby red at $200 a yard. I treasure my interior designer friends.

I recently came across the work of Ron Marvin. “Outstanding” is the only word I could think of when I saw his New York apartment. Otherwise I was speechless. He is my new BFF.

At least until the next issue of House Beautiful arrives.

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Angela Todd

Owner & Principal Designer

Angela is the principal designer at her boutique interior design firm in Portland, Oregon. She is known for creating memorable backdrops that tell the story of fascinating and intricate lives.

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