Jun 03 2016

Crystal’s Modern Eclectic House Tour: Part II

“I think every room should have a little unexpectedness.” -Crystal Blackshaw

We are so lucky to have Crystal on our team here at MegMade. She is truly one of the best designers in this city. I had a chance to chat with Crystal about her style, process, and experience being an interior designer.  M Lindsay Photography

MM: When did you first know you wanted to be an interior designer? 

Crystal: My first recollection of wanting to make my space pretty was when I was five. I would rearrange my bedroom, pulling everything out into the hallway and putting back one thing at a time until it was perfect. My mom would be astonished that I could move a twin bed all by myself. I would ask for house plants from Home Depot for birthdays. It was always in me somehow.

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MM: What is your favorite part of the design process?

Crystal: My favorite part about the design process is the creativity and imagining what the space could be. I want a room to make people feel differently. I think interior design is about exuding a feeling, creating a space that not everybody can create, that’s different and unique. I like that challenge.

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MM: How would you define your personal style?

Crystal: At the moment it’s eclectic modern. I personally gravitate towards one-of-a-kind pieces. I love things that are reimagined- taking something that we already recognize and making it a little different. I’m not a fan of buying from a big box store. I like going out into the world and locating a unique item. It gives me that high.

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MM: So where do you find these one-of-a-kind items?

Crystal: I’m always looking through magazines, blogs, websites. I go out in the world and take notice of what I like, then try to remember where I found an item, who made it, and where I could find it again. For instance, on Etsy, I have my sources I purchase from many times. They always have something similar to what I found first. In Chicago, I have particular store sources that are always evolving, every time I go back its something new. Vintage garage and Randolph Street Market are great places to go- you find things people have hung on to for decades. I want those pieces because you can’t find it at West Elm or Home Goods. I think every room should have a little unexpectedness. After I do an install, I’ll go through with the client and tell them the story of each piece. I bought a ten-foot toboggan last week and the vender had a great story about who used it and when. I told my client, and now she knows why that feeling is there when she enters the room.

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MM: What’s your ideal Saturday?

Crystal: My family going to a flea market and then going out to lunch at a café or restaurant we’ve never been too. I love nature, so going to the botanical gardens in the summertime is another favorite. I live right next to the lake, so we go on walks all the time. I’m from Portland, Oregon originally so I always want to be near the water.

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MM: What is your interior design process like?

Crystal: It starts with a consultation. This is just a conversation between me, the client, and the house. The spaces speaks to me. It has a certain je ne sais quoi. I look at their pets, their children, what they’re wearing, what they already have. It all informs the design. Then, I go back and design inspiration boards to show them what is in my head. The cost of the consultation and boards is just $150/room with a two room minimum. This part of the design process helps to ensure my vision is communicated well and we are both on the same page. Once we come to a concept they love, if the client hires me to source it, then I start my hunt using the internet, vintage stores, markets, through MegMade. I try to take the pressure away from the client of having too many choices. I whittle it down as much as possible. Once I’ve gathered most of the pieces for the room, I will do the entire installation in one day, so you get the total transformation all at once! M Lindsay Photography

We obviously highly recommend Crystal’s design services…we are happy to share her with you. Her home is a great testament to what she is capable of, but to see more of her work, check out her website at crystalblackshaw.com or contact her for more info here!

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  • I’m dying she asked for house plants for her birthday as a little one! But more importantly, what a gorgeous space! I especially love the red Persian rugs. Swoon!

    September 27, 2016 at 3:01 pm

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