design chat with Elizabeth Demos

This summer I had the great pleasure of meeting stylist Elizabeth Demos on a Southern Living shoot.  She’s a bit of an industry celeb, as her work has graced the pages of Country Living, Southern Living, Better Homes and Gardens and Southern Flourish, to name a few.  Despite all of her talent and achievement, Liz happens to be down-to-earth, kind and fun.  She’s a rare jewel.  During the two day shoot, I felt a true connection with her and laughed a lot.  She’s one of those people you hang around with, have a great time and later realize that you also learned a tremendous amount about fabulous design.

Liz is a native of our beach here on the Gulf Coast and these days calls Savannah home, where she lives with her husband and son.  It’s hard to put her design style into a category, as you’ll soon see she has a strong range.  Much like her waterfront lifestyle, her own taste reflects a natural, fresh and relaxed vibe.

Grab a big cup of coffee, because this post is PACKED with inspiration.  Welcome, Liz!

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SS:  I am most inspired by…

ED:  color.

{tablescape in Liz’s entry}

SS:  I would describe my style as…

ED:  eclectic, layered, collected, maybe a little schizophrenic but it always makes sense when it all comes together.  I adore that gal that won Design Star, Emily Henderson, because I feel like we have the exact same style and it is not easy to define.  My style is just comfortable and approachable and a clear expression of who I am as a person. I just like so many things and they all find their way into my home and my projects in one way or another.

{Liz’s dining room + kitchen, as published in Country Home magazine}

SS:    My favorite stylish home accessory is…

ED:    a good lamp, mirror or pillow, so hard to decide.

SS:  My secret design weapon is…

ED:  my camera.   I use it to record everything that inspires me when I’m out and about.  It is as varied as a window display, someone’s outfit, a crusty paint finish on a piece of furniture, a beautiful sky, beautiful patterns, etc.  I have a file of images on my computer called eye candy.

SS:  A style I simply love right now is…

ED:  modern eclectic.  I have a huge design crush on Thomas O’Brien that should have passed by now but I just love how effortless his rooms seem.

{a loft bedroom by Thomas O’Brien}

SS:  My three favorite paint colors are…

ED:  gray, greige (gray beige combo) and soft aqua blue.  I pretty much like any color that reminds me of the coast where I grew up and the coast I live near now. Water, sky and sand, I could have a paint line!

SS:  My favorite design (or inspiration) book is…

ED:  currently: American Modern by Thomas O’Brien and Etc. by Sibella Court.

SS:    When shopping for home accessories, I always gravitate toward…

ED:   anything vintage.   It just has more soul than any new thing can offer.

{flower grouping on Liz’s coffee table}

SS:  You would never catch me shopping for…

ED:  electronics (boring).

SS:  You will always catch me shopping for…

ED:  antiques.

SS:  One design rule I like to break is…

ED:  I can’t say that I have any design rules.  I just buy what I like. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.  You can’t be afraid to make a mistake.

SS:    You may be surprised to know that…

ED:    I wish I could go back to college and get 3 more degrees (photography, graphic design and interior design).

SS:    My favorite design splurge is…

ED:   On textiles.

SS:  For me, the perfectly designed home always…

ED:  Has an inviting entry.  A good entrance sets the tone for the rest of the house.

SS:  My favorite room in my own home is…

ED:  My living room.

{Liz’s amazing living room}

SS:  I can’t live without…

ED:   good resources.

SS:  My design heroes are…

ED:  Dorothy Draper, Yves Gastou, Albert Hadley, Patricia Gray, Thomas O’Brien, Madeleine Castaing, Christian Liaigre, Jacques Grange, Victoria Hagan & Sheila Bridges.  I’m all over the place.  I suppose it means I like a mix.

SS:  My photo stylist heroes are…

ED:  Matthew Mead, Shauna Faust, Rebecca Thuss, Paul Lowe & Sibella Court.

SS:    I add simple beauty to my home by…

ED:   opening the shades and adding fresh flowers.  I love natural light.

SS: Love most about my job…

ED: working with talented people (I love the energy), the freedom to be creative with someone else’s money : ) shopping and travel.

SS: Like least about my job…

ED: paperwork.

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Thanks so much, Liz for taking the time to share your design thoughts and beautiful pictures of your home and style projects.  I know I left very inspired!  Keep your eyes open for a new book Liz is working on with Chronicle.  In the meantime, you can see more of her inspiring work on her site right here.  And she has a rockin’ blog over here.

[all photos courtesy of Elizabeth Demos]

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  1. Lori H says:

    A great interview! I love Liz’s style. Thanks for sharing…

  2. dorylyn says:

    WOW…great post this morning! Thank you!

  3. I’m always enthralled with people have the eye to style spaces. Thank you for the peek inside Liz’s spaces and her mind!!! xoxo Elizabeth

  4. Great post! I love to see peeks into designers and stylists own homes…. always fun! Hope you had a great weekend!

  5. Shelley says:

    Great interview. Thanks!
    Is there any way to find out what paint color Liz used on her living and dining room walls?

  6. Kelly says:

    Thanks for sharing these great photos and this interesting interview. I love to read interviews by designers. I really liked the light and airiness of her rooms.

  7. Sarah says:

    The tablescape with the toadstools is darling. Any sourcing hints on that?

  8. Very nice ways to display flowers! I really love the simplicity.

  9. Hi Seleta – Thanks so much for this!! I LOVED all the pictures, and the tips. I especially love those prints in the bedroom! Gorgeous!!

  10. that was so much fun–love it all…especially that she loves Sibella Court and that green ceiling mixed with the robin’s egg blue. Inspiring!

  11. kayce hughes says:

    Such a wonderful interview!

  12. sarah says:

    I love her! Need to go get Country Home! It’s funny how you hear more about stylists these days. What a fun career!

  13. Allison says:

    Great interview! Elizabeth seems to have a real bubbly personality and fun with her design. I love her eclectic style. Such pretty photos! I will have to check out her blog. Thanks for featuring her, Seleta.

  14. Great interview! I love aqua blue – and it was lovely to see how Elizabeth decorates with it. I adore her guest bedroom and her Swedish dining set. I loved your questions…I’m now inspired to take my own photos of items that I like for my eye candy folder (currently I only have pics saved from the internet)

  15. Sara Jane says:

    D.Y.I.N.G. over her card catalog entry hall table!! I also love her coffee table (what is that thing? My grandmother has one she uses to keep thread and notions in but I’m sure it has a different original use.)

  16. What beautiful, relaxed images. Very soothing!

  17. Love this post—thank you! I think my favorite part of it was when Liz admitted that sometimes things work and sometimes they don’t—it’s refreshing to hear a designer admit that sometimes mistakes are made. She seems like a lovely down-to-earth gal and those inspiration photos are just lovely. I’m leaving this post inspired!

  18. Seleta, what a wonderful interview!

    Liz’s home and style are just gorgeous.

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