LOCAL. | TIFFANY WHITE – HOME INTERIOR DESGINER
Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, it’s hard not to be so full of color and culture, leaving every room you enter a little more vibrant than before. This week, I sat down with Houston based interior designer Tiffany White, to understand more about the foundation of her design firm Mid City Interiors, and why she is definitely on the path to being one of Texas’ most sought after decorators..
When did you know that interior design was your passion?
From initial concepts or ideas to learning schematics and structural guidelines, to the final stages of implementation and production…I adore the entire process of designing. Yet I have to admit, I didn’t become aware that Interior Design is my passion until well into my career as an Equal Opportunity Specialist. We all know that feeling of being ever so grateful for the job we have but unfulfilled; you begin praying for your purpose to be revealed. That was me! My passion and purpose aligned in late 2017.
What are some of the most important things you think people should consider when it comes to designing their space?
There are many important design elements we designers must consider; however, as a homeowner or business owner, there are three important principles to consider: functionality, focal point, and details. The most important element of interior design is a functional space. Functional space acts as the baseline of the entire design. Therefore, it is essential that the client and I are both well aware of the purpose of each space.
A focal point, points of interest, is what draws you into a space. An interior design’s biggest enemy is boredom. Depending on its size, a well-designed room always has one or more focal points. A focal point must be dominant enough to draw your attention and interesting enough to encourage you to look further.
Unlike color, people find details boring. As a result, it gets neglected and skimmed over or typically left out. As color expresses the life of a design, details enhance the overall feel of a room making them just as important.
What is your favorite room to design, and why?
I love designing open/transitional spaces. I come from a large, close-knit family – aunts, uncles, cousins, and once friends, now family. Prior to the COVID pandemic, we gathered and celebrated for any and all occasions. Large open spaces allow me to help create a space to entertain, gather, and enjoy family, friends, and loved ones.
However, traveling is my happy place. I cannot wait for the opportunity to design a luxury airport lounge or hotel lobby.
How do you decide which projects are a good fit for you and your firm?
At Midcity, we place a high value on communication, incorporating our client’s ideas and encouraging open communication, while working best with clients who trust Midcity’s vision and truly want the expertise of a visionary designer.
What elements define your style?
I’m a lifestyle designer – innovative interior stylist – art curator- mostly obsessed with being able to design on the fly. Intuitively reading a situation, relating those raw details, and then watching everything progress from concept to reality. However, art, fashion, textures, and patterns greatly influence my design aesthetic.
Where do you find inspiration?
Sometimes it’s something a person is wearing that sparks an idea or a comment someone makes while in the checkout line that gets my wheels turning. I am inspired by the everyday grind, hustle, and struggle because life in itself is textured and colorful.
What do you think is the most important room in a house, and why?
The most important room in your house is your bedroom; more specifically, your bed. The average American spends 10-12 hours at work and traveling to and from work, and 5-7 hours sleeping. When I am asked to furnish new homes, I always recommend homeowners invest in a good bed, mattress, 1200+ count sheets, and soft comforting bedding. Your bedroom design should also include colors, sounds, textures, and smells that relax you as you rest, recover, and recharge for tomorrow.
What do you find most challenging about designing a home?
The most challenging part about designing a home is counseling and teaching. WHAT, you might ask. Well, a designer’s most challenging role is to blend the style and taste of spouses and helping them decide or compromise when needed. The second challenge is educating clients on design principles and how and why we recommend specific pieces.
What suggestions would you give to someone who is in the beginning stages of creating a budget for remodeling?
Honestly – Schedule a no-obligation call with a designer that catches your eye. Most designers, as do I, have a guide that will assist you in estimating square footage and detailing the areas you would like to tackle. Then, visit showrooms that
Describe yourself, if you were a room..
If I were a room … I would be Art Deco Modern! Elegant, minimalist design with fancy accents throughout. Angular yet comfortable furniture pieces. Decor with clean lines and geometric shapes. Bold colors are mixed with neutral backgrounds. Expensive materials like silk and velvet. No limitations on textures and patterns
In other words, a top-notch Michelle Obama ensemble with a badass fedora.