Dominique Calhoun is fabulous from the first time you hear her speak to the moment you walk into your new space. The founder of Remix Living is known for glam designs that spark conversation.
Q&A With Dominique Calhoun
Casaza: How did you get your start?
Dominique Calhoun: I’ve always been a very creative person from fashion to interiors and beyond. After high school, my goal was to attend school for interior design, but unfortunately wasn’t accepted into the program I went for. This encouraged me to explore the next best thing that allowed me to express my love for design and the creative industry. I graduated with a degree in fashion merchandising and bought my first home at the early age of 22, this allowed me to explore my creative talents in interiors. I redid each room bit by bit, and as friends and family complimented the designs, I found my spark. I committed to interiors and started Remix Living full-time 2.5 years ago and literally have been moving and shaking, living in my purpose and designing beautiful spaces ever since.
I started promoting my talents on social media. I would create small vignettes in my home, take pictures and post to Instagram and Facebook. This was my way of bringing the buzz to Remix and a great way to show I had an eye for putting things together.
C: How would you describe your style?
DC: My personal design style is glam with an unexpected twist, something timeless with a hint of edge, however, I’m all about the client’s experience, so I put them first and capture their style while introducing them to totally new design thinking. I like mixing prints, patterns, colors and materials that you would never think would work together to make a bold statement and create conversation.
C: Where do you get new ideas and inspiration?
DC: Fashion magazines. I love flipping through the pages to get inspired by how to pair colors, patterns, and prints.
C: Favorite room in the house? Why?
DC: Office, of course!! This was one of the first rooms I designed in my home, and it’s a mix of that dark burnt barn wood with glam accents. One of the reasons I enjoy design is the ability to bring in other skilled people to help execute the vision and this was the first project where I was able to bring in local craftsman to help curate the design and bring it to life. Highlighting peoples talents is something that still stands in my design firm today as I work side by side with my carpenter, always challenging his creative talents to execute these crazy ideas I come up with. My office is where I spend the most time, but ironically it doesn’t feel like work because I love what I do. I am addicted to design, execution, and I carry my MacBook like I carry my iPhone.
C: Design rule you don’t subscribe to?
DC: I don’t really know what that word “traditional” means in design. I think I break all of the rules when it comes to that style!
C: Recent project that inspired you?
DC: H Stylez Commercial Salon space. This was my first build-out commercial design job so we were literally given a blank canvas to leave my mark in. This projects still excites me because the salon owner allowed me to have full creative control of the entire design process and trusted the vision. My design team was able to create a very chic industrial design with statement custom finishes. I think outside of the box every day, but this project inspired me to go beyond what I’ve done before.
C: Favorite texture/pattern/color?
DC: Leopard is my absolute favorite pattern, black is my fav color and velvet my fav texture. All of these things represent glamour to me and are bold, speak volumes and make a huge statement, which is what I attempt to do in every project I have my hands in.
C: What is “good design” to you?
DC: A good design is something that speaks to your soul and tells your story… Something that makes you feel like you made the right choice without second-guessing.
C: Pack your bag! You’re moving into a famous home. Whose is it?
DC: Kourtney Kardashian’s home designed by Jeff Andrews. This home is a showstopper, very innovative, unique and makes a HUGE statement. The patterns, prints, colors, and textures are insane!! Not only is the design amazing, it’s functional for a working mom on the go, while the design also has some sentimental value with tons of family heirlooms. This goes back to my good design rule which says design should tell your story. I stress to my design clients the importance of functionality in design with the intentions of creating a space unexpected and amazing, so this space speaks to my design soul.
C: What’s your rule when entertaining?
DC: Always have bomb stem wear.
C: Best advice for DIYers?
DC: Practice makes perfect; if you don’t get it right the first go around, try again.
C: Best advice for those hiring a pro?
DC: Research, research, research. If I could type it a thousand times I would. When you are trying something new that you know nothing about, it’s always good to gather a little information therefore when you hire that pro you know what to expect.
C: What is one design trend are you most excited about this season?
DC: The design trend I am most excited about for 2019 is statement ceilings. Statement ceilings are very fresh in design and create an unexpected detail in a room. A reimagined ceiling can make a space look larger, and there are so many options on how to make a ceiling pop. From wallpaper to molding to stencils, statement ceilings are innovative and create conversations.
C: How do you take your coffee?
DC: Extra sugar and cream… I know, I know, I have a sweet tooth!