Designer Spotlight - Denise McGaha

DENISE McGAHA with
Denise McGaha Interiors
 Photography By Stephen Karlisch
What (or who) made you want to be a designer?
My previous career in fashion definitely prompted my desire to bring textiles and beauty to my home in my twenties. Once that career ended it was a natural progression to interiors in the early 2000s. I loved Jan Showers work back then and she was an early influence - she still inspires me today and I am proud to call her a friend.
What is your favorite color palette right now? (can be paint color, PMS color, or whatever!)
I am loving burgundy again!!! I just recently completed a renovation of the teen lounge in my own home and we went with magenta, burgundy and charcoal grays. I tossed in a little blush to please the teens in my home as well. The entire room was inspired by the photography of my best friend Linda Burnside from her travels in Egypt. What was old is new again!!
What is one thing that will never go out of style?
Personal collections - art, sculpture, pottery, crystal or silver
What is one thing you wish would go out of style!?
Blantant copies of design or artwork
When choosing hardware for a project, what is typically your metal of choice?
I love to mix metals, so I look to create a little friction in a space by balancing the hardware against other metals in the room. I love aged brass, polished nickel and even black. And I never shy away from polished brass to add a little glamour!

Where do you go to for inspiration?
Fashion runways are my greatest inspiration and I am often watching online streaming of shows in the middle of the night when I can't sleep
Where are you traveling next?
London - Fall 2019
What was your very first car?
A 1976 Chevy Blazer - I was a country girl after all
Who is your Style icon?
Gloria Vanderbilt
Who is your favorite band/singer?
I love country music, so Dan and Shay are currently in rotation on my playlist
What is currently in your shopping cart?
Organizational tools for my updated home design studio. I am ordering new pinboards, boxes and other unique vessels to corral my creative bits
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?
Relax. No need to be buttoned up or worried about what everyone thinks. Being yourself feels so freeing

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