By: Stephanie Andrews
Describe where you grew up.
Suzanne – I feel like I grew up in two places. I was born in Newfoundland and moved to New Brunswick at 11 so my early years were spent in very rural areas. At the age of 14 I moved to Toronto for boarding school. That was the first time I had lived in a big city. Then at age 18 I returned to New Brunswick for University. Although I loved Toronto, I felt that the East Coast was my home. Life in Eastern Canada revolves around the land and the sea. My memories of childhood are usually of being outside. Although the weather has its extremes, it is a beautiful place that (after 20 years away) still feels like home.
Ty – We moved often while I was growing up. From NYC to Virginia to Atlanta to Maryland (DC suburbs) back to Atlanta. I always lived in high density settings and usually in the suburbs. I always had an interest in architecture and spaces which lead me to study architecture at Georgia Tech in the 70s.
How does where you grew up influence your style?
Suzanne – I think I am very influenced by the land that I grew up on. I like things that are natural, derived from nature and organic (overused word). I like a home to look like it has grown overtime, that shows roots and has layers and history. My parents’ house was filled with items that came from my father’s family. Everything had a history, a story, a family character to describe it.
Ty – I am always looking for the balance between comfort/practicality and character/warmth. Growing up in the suburbs we always had comfort and practicality but as an adult living in Europe we had warmth/history/character.
How do you describe your style?
Suzanne – Welcoming, comfortable, enveloping, warm (at least that is what I want to be.)
Where have your travels taken you and what items have you brought home?
Suzanne – Our travels have taken us all over the US, Europe and Latin America. We do try to buy a piece of art on most travels. Sometimes it is a big purchase and other times it is a small ink drawing from a street vendor.
Ty – I found an old painter’s ladder on the street in Paris when we were living there. I still have it in my office.
Thanks to Suzanne and Ty for sharing their thoughts and homes with us over the years. We continue to enjoy finding furniture to reupholster, art to feature, and simply time to spend together to talk about plants, schools, and next projects. Elisabeth and I feel very lucky to be able to work with clients that enrich both our design aesthetic and our lives.