Sandra Espinet: The Traveller Designer
Every time we see something from Sandra Espinet, we know she went somewhere magic to have that touch. Sandra is a Los Angeles based interior designer that brings together luxury and international touch to all of her projects.
Allied of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Sandra Espinet is one of the names you will like to follow. She just launched a book called The Well-Traveled Home, where you can find stories behind her best finds, favorite places to shop for one-of-a-kind items and shares her professional travel and design expertise. See here are tastes and know her better thru our eyes…
How and why did you get into the interior design Industry?
I studies interior design in college. I have a fine art degree from the New England school of dDesign in Boston and a Bachelors in Interior Design from the American College of Art in Atlanta.
How would you describe your style? Do you have a signature touch?
I hate to try and describe my style. But i do have a few characteristics such as ecclectic, personal and very personal details that are added into each space. More important than what I think my design style is., from an outsiders point of view, what do you think my design style is?
Is there anything exciting that you are working on at the moment that you can tell us about? Any new projects?
We always have lots of new and exiting projects on the table. From interior design, to product design, to my new retail store design. Always a buzz in our office. It’s fun. It’s not stale or boring. This year my big project as been the copious amounts of book signings for my new book “The Well Traveled Home”. It has been fun to get out into the world and talk about my work.
What do you love about being a designer?
Everything! I love shopping, I love selecting tile, fabrics, furniture. I am lucky to have a career that is ever changing and creative. I love knowing that with every finished project I leave behind a little bubble of perfection in an otherwise crazy world.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Inspiration is random. More than where it comes from I think it’s where it does not come from. I personally do not find any inspiration when I am in a bad mood or having a bad day. So once my mind is open and I am in a good space, it can pop out of nowhere. Everything can be inspiring. It’s about your mind really.
I recently took my entire design staff to London and Paris to attend Maison Object. Not only did we have a great time, we also found new sources and new color palettes. I love travel and use it as a way to find new ideas. So many shows all over the world. Hard to hit them all. But I do love the London Week events too.
Which design brands do you love the most? Which colours, textures and techniques do you prefer in furniture design?
There are some amazing products out in the design field and you have to constatly keep up with whats new and what’s in vouge. And my design aesthetic changes. So it would be unfair to name any one brand or company. I love to buy art and start rooms around the art. I also love antique carpets that act as art and can be the basis of a room. And those are one of a kind pieces that do not carry a brand name.
What is your philosophy on design and life?
I am not Plato. Not sure I qualify in the field of philosophy. But speaking for just myself, I think that being happy, being cool and being honest in all aspects of life and design are the best ways to get an authenticity. I might have answered that diferently when I was younger. But as I age I find things get more simple. Maybe thats why the Farrell WIlliams song Happy did so well. Simple message.
Describe yourself in three words
Germaphobic, higly organized, neurotic.