CS: How does your background in style and beauty influence your interior design process?
PP: It plays a huge role, actually. Interior design is, in essence, an extension of personal style. Just as people use fashion and beauty to convey a certain style and feel a certain way, interior design can communicate an attitude, a feeling. Many of the concepts used to create interesting fashion/beauty design overlap in interiors — color, texture, proportion, and pattern, just to name a few. And many of the strategies are similar as well; for example, mixing high- and low-end pieces, adding a pop of color to an otherwise neutral palette, and including one crazy, eclectic piece in an understated landscape.
It was a very seamless transition to go from fashion and beauty to interior design — you just have a larger canvas to work with!