Creating the perfect interior environment involves a few good elements and oftentimes someone to help you put all the pieces together.
In our new series, Eye on Interior Design, we speak with interior designers about their passion, background and designing tips — especially when it comes to art! In this installment, we caught up with Christina Sanchez from fawn.
Christina loves seeing the potential in spaces and finding objects that really catch your eye. Keep reading to find out more about her!
Tell us a little bit about what you do.
I have a natural ability to visualize space and a passion for design. I use this to help people reimagine a space and bring new life to their homes and workspaces. My specialty is in renovating houses. I see a lot of homes from the 60’s and 70’s that need updating. I can almost instantly see the potential of a space and love helping people imagine and bring to life their dream home.
When did you first get interested in interior design?
When I was a kid. I would sit in a space a redesign it in my mind. My first memory of this is about age seven. Then I found myself doing this almost everywhere I went, observing details and thinking about ways I would change a room. I started reading Elle Decor when I was ten or so and always found myself in the design section of a book store paging through exotic design books. I was so thrilled when I found out that interior design was a job!
Your company is called ‘fawn’ and has a cute little deer logo. Where did you get the idea for the name?
I made it up! It describes two things. The first is the feeling you get when you see something special, just what you’re looking for, and it inspires you and stays with you. I’m all about finding that inspiration and using it in creating space. I thought this process related best to the term “fawning” over something.
The second reason comes from my education. I studied Frank Lloyd Wright in college and wrote about the integration of nature into his designs. He had a philosophy that a home should feel like a fawn sitting at the edge of a forest — protected and comfortable, while looking out at a vast expanse in front of them. This image stuck with me and has influenced my design philosophy. It was just a coincidence that fawn ended up being the name of my company, but looking back I’m sure that image stayed in my subconscious somewhere.
What kind of art do you like?
I like many different styles and have always been drawn to realism through my studies in art history. I spent a semester living in Italy studying art history and Roman architecture so the Italian aesthetic has become part of my genes. Primarily I love rich color, movement and a story behind a piece of art. Generally I tend to specify more modern work in my interiors, but really I buy art based on what speaks to me. My personal collection has modern New Mexican folk art paintings and photography.
What’s your best piece of advice when it comes to decorating a home with art?
Go with your gut. If you love a piece then it’s likely you’ll love it for a long time.
Give us a fun fact about yourself.
I can never stop designing. I’ve done wedding coordination, furniture design, photography and have recently gone into personal styling. I think it’s in my blood, both of my grandfathers designed homes for themselves and my father was a photographer for 25 years.