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Inside The World of Interior Design With Angela Todd

I am super excited about my next guest, Portland, Oregon interior designer Angela Todd! Owner of the high-end design house Angela Todd Studios, Angela is a local and national award-winning designer that I have lots of questions for!

Angela's interiors perfectly reflect the modern and stylish living of Portland and the surrounding Pacific Northwest area. With an uncanny eye for color, architecture, and scale, her effortless skill at high-end residential interior design has made her a well known and highly sought after designer -- so I am extremely grateful she found the time of speak with us!

So, without further ado, please welcome Angela!


Q: As an interior designer, you clearly have an eye for color and artwork, which you have shown a great interest in art from a young age. Did you always know you would do something artistic and creative? How did you choose interior design?

Angela: I didn't think of myself as artistic as a kid. I just knew I thoroughly enjoyed it. Maybe that was because the women in my family were creative in most of the ways I was - so it didn’t feel particularly unique.

The interior designer in me started to emerge in my 20's. I never felt like I chose it. I felt like it revealed itself to me. Friends and acquaintances would suggest I should consider interior design. I was secretly envious of anyone who was an interior designer, and one day it was obvious to me it was exactly what I was supposed to do. At the time it seemed like a crazy idea to pursue. I did it anyway. Like all things that are your true path, it felt right from day one.

Q: You also have an interesting relationship with color, almost as if it's a 6th sense. What do you see clients struggle with most when it comes to choosing color palettes and what do you wish more people understood about color combinations?

Angela: This is such a hard question. Can I skip it? Just kidding. The first truism is that color has a feeling. Hue combinations have a key signature and tempo. We all have core colors that feel pleasing to us, but how we turn up or down the saturation and tone - whether vivid or soft - can change how we feel in a space. Think of the skyline. How does a sunrise feel, compared to high noon, to twilight or the dark of night? For me knowing how someone wants to feel in a space coupled with reading their color personality gives me a sense of a color combinations. The second principle about color not commonly understood - it reads undesirable or beautiful based on what surrounds it.

farmhouse-whimsy-kitchen-interior-designImage Source : Angela Todd Studios

Q: Are you excited about Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year, Muy Caliente? What advice do you have for people wanting to integrate this passionate red into their homes?

Angela: Red took a back seat the last few years, so it is no wonder it is back. We all missed it. Like all colors, the larger the application, the more you should tone, tint or shade the color in the application. Warning! Before you paint your walls or cabinets red, please consider a color consultation. I may not be ready yet again for the red painted wall, but in the right application I would fall in love with it.

Q: With art and color in mind, what is one interior design style, decor item, or color combination you wish people would stop using?

Angela: The truth is I am asked to work with things all the time I wouldn’t choose for myself. I have learned to ask client’s the story of things in their home, why they love it, or what it brings to their mind. These stories have given me history lessons, taught me something heartfelt about my clients, given me a sense of travel to places I have never been, and they have even given me an opportunity to work around keepsakes that have a spirit of their own.

If you love it, I promise I will make it look great.

jarnagin-rustic-dinning-table-designImage Source : Angela Todd Studios

Q: And, what design trends are you looking most forward to for 2018?

Angela: I love pattern and color, so the trend of bold patterned upholstery, mosaic floors, undermount sinks, and wallpaper is ridiculously exciting. Now that the trend is working itself into the mainstream, my ideas may not seem so risky! Kyla and I joke we may not take jobs in 2018 unless we are allowed to wallpaper something in our client’s house. Don't worry though, we can always pick a bookcase, a ceiling or a powder room if this idea scares you.

Q: Lastly, can you tell us about an exciting design project you’re currently working on?

Angela: My most exciting job is often the project that I just finished. I have worked for the wealthy, the up and coming, and families who “saved up and finally get to do it right." I have worked in modern homes, houses that are over 100 years old, mid century homes, farmhouses, and transformed builder basic homes into something remarkable. I like houses with heart and families with story who are looking to trust me to bring vision to their project. New ideas come to me often and like magic the right client and application appears. These are all my most exciting design projects.

farmhouse-whimsy-bath-tub-designImage Source : Angela Todd Studios

I'm excited to see what you have in store for us this upcoming year! Thanks, Angela, for taking the time to answer my most burning questions. I’ll link your social channels, below, so readers can enjoy your beautiful, award-winning interiors!

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4 Responses to "Inside The World of Interior Design With Angela Todd"

  • Marianne Garcia
    January 10, 2018 - 6:33 pm Reply

    I live in the PNW and these designs are perfect!! Thanks for sharing, Angelica!

  • Tricia Ball
    January 10, 2018 - 8:03 pm Reply

    Excited to find a new designer to follow!

  • Jodi Johnson
    January 12, 2018 - 10:31 am Reply

    Thanks for sharing another interview!

  • Angelica Angeli
    January 13, 2018 - 7:34 pm Reply

    You’re welcome! And thanks for the responses, I love hearing what my readers think!

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