Paige & Her Home
Do you love neutral décor? Then the minimalist home of designer and art director, Paige Geffen, is just the thing to inspire your next room makeover! We recently checked in with this style-savvy home maven to talk shop and all things interior design, and walked away with more than a few tidbits to try.
When asked about her client process, Paige had this insight to share: “I forego the questions about square footage and layouts, and instead ask questions such as, ‘What are you wanting to call into your life right now?’ and ‘What feeling do you want your space to evoke upon walking in?’ I want to help create spaces for my clients that feel like a reflection of who they truly are, all while helping them to enhance the way they live.”
It’s crystal clear that Paige takes this stance to heart in her own soothing living space, which tells of Paige’s love for nature, meditation and journaling. Scroll on for the full tour and don’t miss Paige’s professional decorating advice below!
You work as a designer, stylist and art director. How do you manage to effectively juggle these different aspects of your career?
Having different projects helps to keep things varied and interesting, which I thrive on. I don’t find juggling styling gigs with interior design jobs to be more challenging than juggling multiple clients of the same category. To me, they all intersect. Sometimes I have jobs where I’m working in all three capacities—those are usually the most rewarding.
Sometimes I’ll bring a piece home that I know won’t “work,” in my space, and then I make it work. If something brings me joy, I figure out how to not only fit it in the space, but also how to make that object breathe new life into the room.
What productivity apps/strategies help you keep it all straight?
I’m really simple when it comes to this. I used to juggle all of my appointments and information in my head and keep everything straight and organized in my cerebrally categorized mind (I’m serious). Unfortunately, in the last year or so, this stopped working. I knew it eventually would! I send myself an email every evening with my to-do list, and I also set labeled alarms in my iPhone for everything I have to do the next day.
What is your go-to first step in the process of helping and consulting with clients when it comes to their homes?
For my clients, the first thing I do is have them fill out a not-so-typical client questionnaire. I forego the questions about square footage and layouts, and instead ask questions such as, “What are you wanting to call into your life right now?” and “What feeling do you want your space to evoke upon walking in?” I want to help create spaces for my clients that feel like a reflection of who they truly are, all while helping them to enhance the way they live. People always want to show me Pinterest images right away, but I’d rather draw inspiration from them—where they are in life, where they want to go, what they need the most, etc.
Is it different when you’re working on a personal project in your own space?
It’s absolutely different when I’m working on my own space. It’s very much an intuitive process for me. Sometimes I’ll bring a piece home that I know won’t “work,” in my space, and then I make it work. If something brings me joy, I figure out how to not only fit it in the space, but also how to make that object breathe new life into the room. I create my own challenges, whereas for my clients, I solve theirs.
I want to help create spaces for my clients that feel like a reflection of who they truly are, all while helping them to enhance the way they live…I’d rather draw inspiration from them—where they are in life, where they want to go, what they need the most, etc.
Do you play music at home? Who are your favorite artists?
Always. I play music while doing everything. The music that I listen to the most now is music I was introduced to between the ages of 12 and 16. These years were very influential musically for me. I so desperately needed an outlet because I felt extremely stifled and stuck in the weird bubble of social hierarchies and superficiality, and so listening to artists who made sounds that expressed how I felt gave me a strong sense of self. I was soaking up Joni Mitchell, Broken Social Scene, Arcade Fire, Radiohead, The Velvet Underground, Air and Cat Power and still am. I’ve recently started getting really into Alice Coltrane. She blows my mind. I also play Mac DeMarco probably too much. His music is so simple and melodic and velvety.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to add unique art to their home? What are your go-to resources?
Put the pieces you love the most on your walls/leaning on your floors. Don’t be afraid to be bold with art and to mix different pieces. This will bring life and character into your home. I also love personal pieces. Add art that was gifted for you, that a loved one created, etc. We have some of Jeff’s work up in our house, which adds a personal touch.
What are your go-to art resources?
Favorite toast-worthy moment of your career so far?
I’ll let you know when I get there! What comes to mind is that I started my own business at 24. It’s something I always knew I would do, but taking the plunge (at the time with no savings and no clients) was a huge risk. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve learned—and continue to learn—simply by doing. I walk through tiny and big fears every single day. That’s toast-worthy to me.
Where do you find inspiration for designing a room or home for a client?
Their energy and personality! And nature. I’m very driven by material and texture. If you think about the things we fill our homes with—marble, concrete, stone, ceramics, wool, plants—they all come from nature. Also, the flea market. There’s nothing like finding an incredible piece and building a room around it.
Can you paint us a picture of a day in your life? What’s a typical day like for you?
I wake up and have bone broth (before breakfast) and spend time with my dog, Joni. She’s always up before me, so she loves when I wake up. She usually leads me outside so she can sniff the flowers, but she won’t go without me! I need a lot of grounding, so I enjoy having slow mornings. I then either answer emails at home or head to a café if I feel like I need to get out of the house. My day will evolve from there, whether I have client meetings, installations, sourcing to do, etc. I will often come home to make lunch and walk Joni in the afternoon, which creates a lovely break in my day to recalibrate. My days can vary vastly, but I love that when they end, I will almost always cook dinner, listen to music and unwind. I find that the more self-care I implement into my days, the more I accomplish.
What won’t you travel without?
What are your favorite spots to visit around town when you just need to get out of the house?
Favorite social media platform?
Instagram—there’s so much inspiration! I have also connected with amazing, wonderful people through Instagram. I especially love the new(ish) saved images feature. It’s like an ongoing, ever-evolving mood board. I do find it to be over-saturating at times (probably because I follow thousands of accounts). There is a balance to everything.
Top 3 small-space styling solutions: go!
- Don’t put tiny furniture into small spaces! Play with scale. Put regular-sized furniture in the space, and it will feel larger. I promise. You can still wisely use negative space to help the eye to rest throughout the room.
- Invest in multipurpose pieces. I always like to find storage pieces that are just as beautiful as they are functional. Find a coffee table or bench that will open with storage inside. Buy a credenza with doors to hide all of your clutter.
- Build up—shelving, shelving, shelving!
What’s the mood you want your home to embody?
I want my home to feel down-to-earth, yet artful and inspiring. I want it to be a place that I feel the most comfortable and relaxed in.
I’ve learned—and continue to learn—simply by doing. I walk through tiny and big fears every single day. That’s toast-worthy to me.
Your bedroom feels so peaceful. What are your tips for promoting relaxation in this or any space?
I have trouble sleeping, so I personally always want my bedrooms to feel serene and calming. If you want a space to feel relaxing, don’t over-decorate. Keeping things simple does not have to mean that your space will feel bare and stark. Being in a room is a sensory experience, so while you can’t see this in pictures, I’m also always thinking about the way things feel and smell. Natural fibers are very grounding, which is why my bedroom is filled with it (the bedding, drapery and roman shades are linen, the safari chair is canvas and the sheepskin is natural). I also always have my diffuser on with essential oils, and I burn Palo Santo a lot.
What’s the best way to end your day?
Having dinner with my man and our pup and then relaxing and sharing laughs. We get really goofy at night. It’s the best. I also love to unwind with a bath followed by meditation and journaling.