Coffee With: Tiffany Brooks of Tiffany Brooks Interiors

We chatted about stripes, feminine design, and falling into interior design.

Tiffany Brooks, famed HGTV host and lead designer of Tiffany Brooks Interiors, is known for bringing out the flavor and soul of each home.

Q&A With Tiffany Brooks

Casaza: How did you get your start?
Tiffany Brooks: Believe it or not, I got into interior design on a bet. I was an assistant property manager at a luxury apartment complex and I designed one of the models on the property that I worked at. It was entered for an award. My boss bet me that if I win, I had to pursue interior design as a career. He believed in my talent. Well, we won the award for the best two bedroom model. I later started my business on the side, then I won HGTV Star in 2013 and the rest is history.

C: How would you describe your style?
TB: Soulful Contemporary. Contemporary lines, with bursts of color. Then I love to top it off with great vintage finds that have or look like they have a story, to give the space a touch of soul.

Living room designed by Tiffany Brooks
Meet Lisa and Charles, design by Tiffany Brooks Interiors

C: Where do you get new ideas and inspiration?
TB: Pinterest, fashion magazines and old movies, anything from the ’50’s to the ’80’s.

C: Favorite room in the house? Why?
TB: My son’s room because it’s the most updated room. The rest of our home is extremely dated, believe it or not.

C: Design rule you don’t subscribe to?
TB: I don’t like when people concede to a standard kitchen. I like to think outside the box when it comes to kitchens. That includes color, how cabinets are laid out, and the use of solid surfaces.

C: Recent project that inspired you?
TB: The HGTV Smart Home 2018. It was something that was out of my element and I didn’t think I could do it because I lean on the contemporary side. This home was a stylish farmhouse. It was a more modern take on country for me.

HGTV Smart Home 2018, hosted and designed by Tiffany Brooks Interiors

C: Favorite pattern?
TB: I love stripes. They go with anything, any era, any style. Never met a stripe that I couldn’t put in a room.

C: What is “good design” to you?
TB: When a space feels approachable, like you can actually live in it. When people just want to sit down in the space. You can see touches of the family.

C: Pack your bag! You’re moving into a famous home. Whose is it?
TB: Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s home. He’s so edgy and innovative. I just want to sit there and be inspired.

C: What’s your rule when entertaining?
TB: Always make sure the drinks are topped off. Everyone loosens up that way.

C: Best advice for DIYers?
TB: Research, research, research! Don’t expect to get it right the first time.

C: Best advice for those hiring a pro?
TB: Research, research, research! It’s a relationship that will last at the minimum, six months. You are going to get to know each other.

C: What is one design trend are you most excited about this season?
TB: I love that people are being more comfortable with the different takes on more feminine colors. I love seeing different hues of pinks and violets, especially in kitchens and baths.

C: How do you take your coffee?
TB: Black, mixed in with my protein shake in the morning.

Martyn Lawrence Bullard home in Palm Springs backyard
Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s Palm Springs home | Courtesy of Architectural Digest

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