Interior Design Stories is a segment on my blog
where interior designers give us a glimpse into their lives and their work.
I ask the same five questions of each designer and share some of their work with you.
Christi Proctor of Moon Rein is joining us today.
You might remember Christi from Trading Spaces.
1. Were you always interested in interior design?
ALWAYS!!!!! as a child in elementary school, my mom would always tell people that if I disappeared in my room all day on a Saturday, she knew to leave me be....that I was completely rearranging my room and redesigning something! I learned so many of my trash to treasure mechanics from her! My dad was a small town Southern Baptist minister--we never had much money to do anything --and we always lived in the Parsonages (we didn't own our home), so we had to be careful with anything we changed. My mom was amazing at making a splash with paint or with close out printed sheets, etc....anything for a bargain that we could decorate with! I learned from the best!! Every time I shop in a vintage shop or junk store my Mom's baby girl goes nuts with ideas of using things for their unintended purposes!
2. Tell me about you and your work.
I am a professional Interior Designer and I run our Interiors company in Waco, but A little more than 4 years ago I started a wholesale very upscale bedding line--Moon Rein--- MY BABY!!!
About 2007, I had a fun stint designing a lamp line for Guildmaster. Well....that was the hook that caught me! I LOVED PRODUCT DESIGN!! When that gig ended, I wanted to keep working in manufacturing and product design...but I did NOT want to work with China or have anything that I had to manufacture overseas. It is SO hard to control your product and keep your designs true to you if you have oceans and language between you! I am also a big proponent of "made in the USA"….so there you have it. My love for fabrics and using fun things for their "non intended" purpose became Moon Rein and my wonderful "factory family" was created right here in Waco Texas!
Moon Rein is one of the rare custom lines available today but I do have styles that we have standard in the line. With all the overseas knock off artists out there, I have to stay two steps ahead all the time. My crazy brain is always cooking something I want to add to the line...I am a firm believer that if you sit still too long, you grow moss and your customer gets bored-AND your competition gets past you! Because of I that I try to stay fresh and constantly create new. This year I added beds ...my favorite is the TIN HORN metal bed~ it’s a sexy mix of industrial and feminine french curves.
3. What drives you, motivates you, excites you and keeps you in this business?
Holy Cow Batman! Creating and producing the things my crazy brain dreams about AND having customers that LOVE those creations is my drug!! Its SO unbelievably rewarding and affirming! My Moon Rein Junkies keep me going! I LOVE WHAT I DO!!!!!!!
4. What is the one piece of advice you would offer to anyone about decorating or furnishing their own home?
Go with your heart!! Don't decorate jus cuz its in style! Do what you like!!! Your best designs will express you!
5. If you could no longer be an interior designer, then what would you be doing?
WHA??? BITE YOUR TOUNGUE !--You'd have to get me to a nunnery.....;) seriously, if I HAD too.....I don't know!....My mom always said if she wasn't a preacher's wife she'd a been a go-go dancer...could that count??
Now head on over to Christi Proctors Moon Rein website and check out even more incredible creations.
Also be sure to go and like her facebook page.
I don’t know about you but I want to curl up in one of these beds in midst of these
gorgeous pillows and throws and just be left alone for a very….long time.
I had the opportunity to meet Christi during the Sneak Peek at the Dallas Market Center
of which I ended up doing three separate posts about.
She was delightful and entertaining.
She gave away a pillow that day
She gave away a pillow that day
and I wanted to win that something awful – but no – it wasn’t to be.
If you would like to see the posts about the Sneak Peek then go to the following links.