After refining her passion at the Art Institute of Minneapolis, Brooke took the brave leap of starting her own business as an interior designer, creating spaces with a fresh, timeless and almost quick-witted attitude.
I am most fortunate to have the opportunity to spread my love for creating bright and inviting spaces that people can live in and enjoy time and time again.
What is your background in interior design?
I have always had a passion for all things creative. In so many ways interior design allows me to feel creatively fulfilled. Working with clients gives us the ability to share my joy of bringing ideas to life in a way that compliments their lifestyle.
I went out on a limb and chose interior design as my college major and immediately fell in love with all the facets of the industry.
Brooke graduated with a bachelor degree in interior design and couldn’t wait to jump out on her own as Brooke Smith Interiors. She explains how this was a scary point in her life, but soon learned, that it was totally worth it. Not only is she in charge of her own creative endeavors, but building a business with it and being part of the trade makes it double the fun for her.
Who are your style inspirations?
My two biggest style inspirations are Studio McGee and Amber Interiors. Their styles are quite different, but both very fresh, unique, and approachable, which I love. I draw inspiration from knowing that they are successful because they turned their passion into thriving businesses. Both designers are talented at blending classic elements with modern twists, which allows for the spaces to be timeless and fresh all at the same time.
What is your latest and greatest shoot?
I recently had the opportunity to work with a client in Palm Springs, California. From sourcing the materials to the final unveil, it was such a blast! The best part was incorporating the environment and history of southern California into the space. We curated gems from the local flea markets and snapped black and white photos from a nearby national park to use as artwork. Because this was a vacation home, we were able to go California eclectic to the max!
We filled the home with vintage textiles from Morocco and Turkey, tons of cacti and every color in the rainbow to create a unique, funky vibe.
‘Overall, I felt like the location and use of the home allowed me to let my imagination run wild. The project encompassed all I loved about being a designer – not to mention, I may have postponed my flight a few extra days!’
Trends to look for this year when it comes to styling your home?
A quick and easy way to add energy and life to your space is through the use of greenery. Adding a leafy green tree, a pot of succulents or even just a vase of fresh flowers is usually one of my last steps before completing a room and I’m always amazed at how much it transforms the space. Greenery adds an infusion of nature that you can’t get from anything else. I also love using architectural food like pineapples and artichokes to style a kitchen- they’re beautiful and delicious!
A new trend you predict will make an uproar?
A major trend I now see and absolutely love is designers revisiting cabinetry as a focal point in a kitchen. White cabinetry will forever hold a special place in my heart, but it is so fun to see designers using wood and colored cabinetry (especially blues and greens) to make a bold statement in a kitchen.
And if you’re not ready to commit to forest green cabinetry, try using a bold patterned cement tile backsplash, styling with beautiful wood cutting boards or adding a bright colored antique Persian rug in front of the sink to add personality and warmth to a white kitchen.
How would you describe your style and what do you look for when styling?
I would describe my style as ‘a fresh take on traditional design’. I love using classic pieces for the base of a room and layering in both modern and antique accents to add lots of personality. For me, its all about finding the perfect balance in a space.
‘A room that has too many traditional pieces can feel boring and a room that has too many modern pieces can feel cold- so finding the right amount of both is key to creating a comfortable yet interesting space.’
Who should DECO follow on Instagram?
Chelsie Reimer, is an amazing photographer and I’m always getting loads of inspiration from her! Also, Cement Tile Shop, I am obsessed with these colorful creations and seeing the unique ways they can be incorporated into a space.
Follow Brooke Smith Interiors on Instagram here.
Images from Brooke Smith Interiors
Want more fresh ideas on styling your home?
Check out How To: Garden Inside Your Home to keep it on the green side.