Described by those who know her as an “easygoing perfectionist”, Michelle Workman’s philosophy is that interior design should embody the spirit and architectural style of the individual whose home is being transformed — literally, a physical manifestation of the client’s most inherent attributes. It’s Michelle’s intention that the outcome of her efforts say of her client, loudly and very clearly, “This is who I am!” — be it gleefully glamorous, classically conservative, or chic Chinoiserie.
What inspired this career path for you?
I love art and wanted to work in a field that was artistic. This seemed to me a good fit for my abilities and interests, and on top of that, I had supreme confidence in my own taste and choices, which you really need in order to be successful.
What is your go-to source for inspiration?
I still go through magazines and tear out pages, but the best source for me is museums and exhibits. I find so much to inspire my creativity walking through an exhibit!
Tell us about your creative process.
I meet the client and talk to them and poke around in their things; finding out what they love and what they can do without, I figure out who they are… then I decide what color best suits their personality and what fabrics make me think of them and their story. From there, it is just a matter of shape and function – but the start is all about who they are.
Describe your style in 6 words or less.
Happy, tasteful, glamorous, collected, exuberant elegance.
What’s a staple in your tool kit?
Mixing fabrics, patterns, styles, and periods.
Who do you look up to in the design world?
Alexa Hampton, Jamie Drake, Anthony Baratta, and if you are wondering what the three have in common? Impeccable taste, and COLOR!
If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be?
Right now I am into masculine spaces, so I am thinking a wealthy playboy would be a fun challenge!
Tell us your favorite design-related word, phrase, or quote.
The Drab Age is over. (Dorothy Draper)
Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without?
Pinterest, Traditional Home, and Elle Decor. I really miss House and Garden which was my all-time favorite – so I am excited to see it come out again!
What do you love about Viyet?
I love that I can get luxury design items at a reasonable price!