Interior Designers Speak | Angela Dechard - Design Bureau

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Glam in L.A.
Inspired by Old Hollywood glam, Dechard says she combined modern pieces with vintage charm when designing the comfortable 2,000-square-foot home located in the hills of Los Angeles.

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Interior Designers Speak | Angela Dechard

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

By Lesley Stanley
Photos by Misha Gravenor; portrait by Nicolette Wales

Angela Dechard
Founder/Interior Designer @ Angela Dechard Interior Architectural Design
Location: Portland, Oregon

LS: How do you get started on a project?
Angela Dechard: Most of the time the lightbulb comes on at times when I’m not intentionally thinking, ‘What am I gonna do here?’ If I’m trying hard to find that thing that’s going to be the touchstone of a project, it will never happen. I once had a professor who said that we all needed to take a break and have some playtime if we wanted ideas to come to us. Creativity could not be forced; it had to happen organically. It took me years to get it. But I finally did, and it’s a principle I live and work by now.

LS: Where do you think your design voice comes from?
AD: Clients have asked me about that—if it’s an innate thing or if it is something you develop and learn. I say I was definitely born with it. I’ve always had this desire to design and collect and draw, but it’s also something you can learn and appreciate. It’s not an elite thing. People are so much more creative than they realize, but not comfortable tapping into it. Ninety-five percent of the time your initial idea is the right one. You can waste a whole lot of time just going all the way around to infinite possibilities and end up right back where you started.

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