Orange County-based interior designer Julie Thigpen’s blog, Belle Maison, started out as a hobby, but quickly grew to be the perfect outlet to showcase her passion for design and all things beautiful. She credits being born and living in southern California as a major influence on her approach to design.
Click through to learn more about Thigpen’s design tidbits, tips and picks!
"What's on your trend forecast for 2014?
JT: Pastels will be making a comeback. Pantone's color of the year for 2014 is "A Breath of Fresh Air," which is a soft, powdery blue. People will look to use soft pastel color palettes to liven up their space." — polyvore-editorial
"Complete this sentence: "Every household should invest in a good..."
JT: An upholstered sofa or chair. It's something you sit on every day, so invest in something that is of good quality and comfortable." — polyvore-editorial
"What's your dream house?
JT: I'd love to live by the beach, with a big front porch and a stunning view of the ocean. Don't forget the white picket fence and vegetable garden. The interior would be a fresh mix of modern eclectic with a touch of glamour." — polyvore-editorial
"Where do you go for inspiration?
JT: I find inspiration everywhere! In nature, design magazines, Pinterest, travel. I also look to iconic interior designers like Kelly Wearstler and Jonathan Adler for ideas and inspiration." — polyvore-editorial