HOW IT ALL STARTED By Hope Arbery 2 May 2016 A bit of personal history about me. All journeys start somewhere. The seed to my interior design firm was planted when I was nine years old (more about my farm girl roots later)…as I designed and made my first jacket. A beautiful heather wool jacket with flecks of oatmeal and gray. Everything about the process was fascinating to me. Hunting for the finest fabric with a great hand, studying dressmaker details, styling the jacket with the right skirt, shoes, blouse, and jewelry. When I foud the perfect color of Christian Dior silk lining for the jacket, I felt I had reached the level of haute couture! I always felt pretty when I wore this jacket knowing it was created by me, a totally unique piece. The jacket said who I was and who I wanted to be...creative, stylish, unique, thoughtful. I loved the way it felt with soft fabric having a nice hand, flattering lines, quality construction, and lovely details. It was finished with great attention to detail on the inside and out. I had created a simple but classy, fabulous garment and as the great Coco Chanel says “simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” I still love this jacket today as it has stood the test of time…a timeless and classic piece. It is a bit too short for me now, but if I wear it with a great shirt and a pair of jeans, it styles as a cute bolero jacket. Oscar de la Renta does a beautiful sequined bolero jacket so I think I was on to something! For me, the worlds of fashion and interiors have always collided into an explosion of inspiration! I find inspiration for interiors in fashion everyday, everywhere. As Coco says “fashion is not something that exists in dresses only” and for me it extends to my mission to create a well-dressed home for my clients. “Everyday is a fashion show and the world is the runway” –Coco Chanel. You can see fashion influence my interior design work on many levels...such as when as an object d’art becomes a piece of jewelry in a room, finishing the look with great ease and style…to create a well-dressed home. I think Coco would approve!