We've been showing you what goes on behind the scenes here at Invitation Consultants for a while now - but we wanted to give you a better idea of who we are, what we love - and what inspires us! First up in our "Chatting With" series is Invitation Consultants founder and CEO, Allison!
Q: Where do you find inspiration?
A: Interior design books. I usually buy them from Anthropologie or Stanton (in Atlanta), Houzz, Apartment Therapy, magazines like Elle Décor, Veranda + House Beautiful, one of a kind restaurants, touring cities, boutique hotel websites, chick flicks, listening to playlists on my iPod, my kids. Inspiration is everywhere in life.
Q: What is your favorite piece of clothing that you own?
A: I will search till no end to find the perfect piece for my fireplace mantle, but for clothing I just don’t put as much effort into it. I don’t have a favorite piece, but once in awhile I get in the mood to shop for clothes and then I shop from only the same stores (because it’s easy), GAP, Banana Republic, J.Crew + Anthropologie.
Q: What colors are you crushing on right now?
A: Mauve, clover, fig and any lighter colors with grey in it.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Paper style: modern lines + striving for mainstream usability with fabulous color combinations. Interior design: vintage modern. Fashion: preppy ever since grade school. Food & Restaurant: boutique-style local restaurants. I try to rarely eat at chains, communal eating is my preference. Travel: city.
Q: What is your favorite part of your day?
A: The morning because the day always has a fresh outlook, the weather is cooler, it’s either bright out or the sun is coming up. My mind is most clear at that moment, then it all turns to mush.
Above, Allison shows of some of her daily inspiration - from Buddha, to interior design to Los Angeles!
A: There are so many! Anything from Rob Thomas + Matchbox 20, Michael Buble (I love crooner music), anything with a saxophone, Van Morrison, old school rap, Josh Kelley, The Black Keys, New Wave, KC & The Sunshine Band, Gipsy Kings. To be more specific these 3 songs: "How Long" by Matchbox Twenty, "I’ll be Your Man" by The Black Keys, "Sunday Morning" by Maroon 5.
Q: What are your must-read blogs or sites?
Q: What’s your astrological sign, and do you think it describes you?
A: Leo. Everything! I am a total Leo. Strong-willed, bossy, takes care of everyone, driven, makes decisions quickly, strong intuition, loyal.
Q: Where would we find you on the weekend?
A: Home Depot, Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, on a walk or biking, boutique food markets + restaurants (let’s face it, I love to eat), drives along the water, at my computer reading about travel and hotel reviews, hosting a dinner party, but most of all enjoying it all with my family + friends.