Classic Design in “Show & Tell” From Donna Livingston

Posted on | May 17, 2012 | 6 Comments

It’s Show And Tell Time! Today we’re catching up with Charlotte interior designer, Donna Livingston, of dl design, inc.

What Defines Your Style?
My design style is classic and timeless, with a bit of fun added into every room. I don’t follow trends. Trends are best when they are left to small accents that can be easily changed. Most of all, I believe that a person’s home should have a style that speaks to them and makes them happy to be there. At the end of the day, everyone should look forward to coming home.

What Is Your Biggest Challenge As A Designer?
I would say that it would be changing people’s understanding of value. Some people tend to want the best deal, when their focus should be on investing in quality instead. I have a quote up on my wall that I love: “No matter what the economy looks like, you should always strive for quality. Buy fewer, better things. Get a great sofa, and plan to keep it.”

If You Weren’t A Designer What Would You Be?
I’d probably be a nutritionist. I’m very interested in nutrition, health and fitness. I find it fascinating that after so much research, we still know so little about what’s good for us, and what we should actually be eating. I almost changed my major to nutrition in my third year of college – until the reality of all the science classes I’d have to take set in. I quickly realized I’d be better off sticking with design!

When Did You Know You Wanted To Be A Designer?
When I was two years old, I pulled my dresser over, and my mom has always said it was because I didn’t like where it was placed! I’ve honestly loved interior design since I was very young. As a kid, I would rearrange my room constantly. My parents were never design-minded, and I didn’t know that interior design was a “thing” until I got to college and had this “a-ha!” moment. I thought, “So this is what I’ve loved all my life! And I can do it as a career!”

Images Courtesy of dl design, inc.

Who Is Your Favorite Interior Designer?
Amelia Handegan, an interior designer from Charleston SC. Amelia is considered among the top 100 designers in the country. She has such a great eye for color, and an amazing ability to combine different design styles for a look that’s truly her own. I like that she doesn’t follow trends, and even though she keeps things simple, her designs still have so much interest. Amelia’s just an overall great talent.

As the principal of the Charlotte interior design firm, dl design, inc., Donna Livingston seamlessly blends traditional elements with a fresh and sophisticated style.

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6 Responses to “Classic Design in “Show & Tell” From Donna Livingston”

  1. Amy Vermillion - Martineau Vermillion Interior Design
    May 17th, 2012 @ 2:47 PM

    I love Donna! She is a great talent!

  2. Harry Myers Carpet Design Systems
    May 17th, 2012 @ 9:49 PM

    Very nice pictures and you are absolutely right about quality.

  3. Liz Hughes
    May 17th, 2012 @ 10:39 PM

    Hello Amy ~
    Thanks for lettng us know you think Donna is wonderful. To me, when one designer extends high praise concerning the work of a fellow designer, it’s not just kind words or flattery… There’s almosts no greater recognition or affirmation concerning the quaity of one’s work than receiving the approval and respect of your peers.

    Liz

  4. Liz Hughes
    May 17th, 2012 @ 11:22 PM

    Harry ~ I don’t want to sound silly, but I agree with you, agreeing with Donna about quality. I still recall my mother’s wardrobe advice when I got my first job after graduating from college. “Buy fewer pieces; invest in better quality. In the end, you will be more satisfied.” It’s one of those things that has always stuck with me. I hear Donna’s point – people have been conditioned today to go out and find a ‘deal’ – but if quality is what will last, then perhaps that’s the deal.

    Liz

  5. Donna Livingston
    May 19th, 2012 @ 12:06 PM

    Thanks so much for the comments everyone! I so appreciate you taking the time to read my Q&A, and love hearing the feedback.
    Liz, you couldn’t be more correct when you say there is no greater affirmation in one’s work than earning the respect of your peers! Amy is my peer and also a constant inspiration!

    Donna

  6. Harry Myers Carpet Design Systems
    June 6th, 2012 @ 7:47 AM

    When I said you were absolutely right about the quality. I meant luxury. Amy’s pictures were beautiful .

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