10 Questions with… Quintel Gwinn



It’s that time again! First off, thanks so much for the great feedback! I started this series to highlight WOC and women entrepreneurs and creatives under the design umbrella. I am only 3 interviews in and I’ve learned so much! I’ve also connected with great women doing great things!

This week I had the privilege to interview, Interior Designer, Quintel Gwinn! I am so excited to share this interview. Not only is Quintel an Interior Designer but she also owns her own design business. I discovered Quintel when she featured in an Interview with Niki McNeil of Single Bubble Pop. I was curious and eventually found her blog and Instagram. She has hosted events with her local West Elm and is working on this beautiful new construction home! See her progress here and here. Oh and did I mention she just had a beautiful baby girl! Superwoman?!

What is your morning routine?

I’m usually up and at ‘em by 6:00 every morning. I try to spend the first 30 minutes creating to-do lists and catching up on the news. Everything after that is a domestic blur! Random baby stuff, a quick breakfast, misplaced shoes, and well-packed lunches — you know, the usual 5-person household antics. Still, I usually manage to start my workday by 9:00. I like to handle all of the “serious” business before lunch — check emails, make phone calls, invoicing and purchasing, etc.

Who/What inspired you to pursue a creative career?

As long as I can remember, I have always enjoyed creativity. I designed doll clothing as a little girl and doodled like crazy as a teen. High school ushered in many opportunities for me to explore my creative side. After taking every art class that was offered, I knew deep down in my soul that for whatever I was to become, I needed creative freedom. A field trip to the High Museum of Art sealed my fate. It was then and there that I was introduced to the furniture design and architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. I battled with practicing architecture and teaching art for some time before realizing that designing environments would be my happy medium.

What is your creative process? What project(s) are you currently working on?

I am pro- pre-Pinterest, if I may. I get good vibes from placing fabric swatches, actual textiles, photos, and magazine tears on an inspiration board. Inspiration is the beginning of each project and directs all of the decisions made thereafter. My creative process doesn’t necessarily happen in a particular order, but almost always includes sketches/drawings, paint sampling, trips to showrooms and art galleries, and experimenting with a myriad of materials. I like to have everything in front of me, and then edit. This usually results in a well-thought design/style concept that I’m ready to share with my clients. After that, more editing and refining! I’ve learned that as a creative thinker I have to be flexible and adaptive, and open to rearranging my ideas through an iterative creative process.

Currently on the books – I’m finishing up the first custom kitchen I designed in its entirety, wrapping up the decor for a boutique hair salon, and I just came under contract to design a mobile classroom re-using an old school bus! These are all unique projects for me and I plan to share my progress and updates on my blog.

Interior design is multidimensional. One of the most thrilling aspects of my work is that I get to draw on my creativity at multiple junctures in the design process.


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The Find: Michelle Robinson


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I discovered artist Michelle Robinson on Instagram. I absolutely love her work. It’s refreshing, unique and celebrates femininity. 

Michelle Robinson Artist

On Create.ture, her website, her work is described as:

bold contrasts, color palettes, patterns and the female form. Her figures float gracefully upon an intricate background comprised of overlaying rhythmic patterns and tantalizing color harmonies. Natural or unfamiliar, loud or subtle, she creates whimsical interpretations of the human condition using the movement of the female body as her wholly intriguing and revealing device.





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Michelle Robinson also offers Art Prints that are much more affordable than her Originals. They range from $30-$45. She even offers a bundle deal of 3 Prints for $100.






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Learn more about Michelle on her Website, Instagram and Facebook.  

Image Source: Create.ture

My Home: Workspace


This is my work space. Yep, nothing special at all. Well I would like to change that! It’s time.

The space I occupy is right behind our living room couch. There’s a lot of natural light from the window and the balcony door, so the space is a good space. I have to have my natural light! See the existing floor plan below.


Currently,  I have a desk that consists of a Torsby table top from Ikea and a table base I scored for free a year or so ago. I also have the painted and reupholstered chair that I purchased for $8. Annnnddd that’s about it LOL. To get a full glimpse at the space, look at the pictures of the apartment when my boyfriend and I first moved in.

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I’m taking a Construction Documents class this Summer and I put the plans on the wall using painters tape. It’s easier for me to make annotations and review the documents. I’ll soon replace that with some art prints. I would love a cork board instead, but I think it will clash too much with the rest of the living room. You can also see my makeshift printer stand on the other side of the desk. That will be “fixed” as well. 


My desk is the definition of messy. Yes, that’s a wood sample under my almonds! I need to get a few trays as well as a pencil cup. I love office supplies from Poppin and Russell + Hazel. The white office supplies from Poppin are my fave. I may just end up in Target though. Their Threshold and Nate Berkus collections have been #killingit lately! 


I plan to get everything together over the next couple of months. Next time I’ll be sharing the updated floor plan with furniture placement as well as inspiration photos. Look for that in a couple weeks.

I’ve already put the desk in front of the window and I’m thinking bookshelves on both sides. I’m already making some progress!

Color Love: Mean Green

This series is a revamp of Color Obsession. The inspiration came from the hashtag #pantoneproject on Instagram. I thought it would be cool to follow the project here on the blog while also doing a round-up of items in the same color.



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Wire Side Table | Wax Print Pillow | Turtle Shell Pillow | Hanging Plant Pot | Chevron Side Chair | Green Glass Vase | Modern Statement Mirror | Color + Lamp | Painted Metal Bar Stool | Palm Floor Pillows | Moroccan Trellis Rug

Seeing Sounds: I Used To Love H.E.R.

Seeing Sounds is a series inspired by my love for music and interior design. Every other week, I choose a song and design a room inspired by the song. The series title was inspired by N.E.R.D. Seeing Sounds album. Click here to see past Seeing Sounds posts.

Common I used to love herBefore Common was Common, he was Common Sense. I Used to Love H.E.R., released in 1994, is a classic. It’s a ode to Hip-Hop and many would agree it is very much relevant today.

Yes, yes, y’all and you don’t stop
To the beat y’all and you don’t stop
Yes yes, y’all and you don’t stop
1, 2, y’all and you don’t stop
Yes, yes, y’all and you don’t stop

And to the beat Com sense’ll be the sure shot, come on

I wanted the space to be almost melancholy but hopeful. Check out the dining space below.

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When I was conceptualizing the space, I thought about who would be using the space. I thought about a creative couple, one a photographer and one a writer. They like to entertain and they love have deep conversations around the dining table. They are also lovers of 80s and 90s Hip-Hop especially Commom, Lauren Hill, Tupac, A Tribe Called Quest and Mos Def. They are avid concert/festival go-ers and they consider themselves foodies. This made it easier to use the song as an inspiration.

This wallpaper represents the progression of the song from light to deep. The black and white photography are snapshots of the culture of hip-hop. i.e. Fashion, Performance, DJ-ing, etc. The rug continues the blue to the ground. The chandelier is mirrored and represents reflection and thought. I chose to keep everything white, chrome and black to represent the past meeting the future. Additionally, it represents the foreshadowing theory of the song I Used to Love H.E.R.

Ombre Wallpaper | Tall Black Cabinet | White Frames | Photography 1, 3, 4 found via Google Image search | Adidas Photo | White Dining Table | Modern Chrome Chairs | Blue Overdyed Rug | Modern Mirrored Chandelier | Black Candlestick Holders | Black Vase

Success or Nah? LOL… Tell me in the comments.

Inspired By No. 2

inspired-by-2Can you believe we are in the second week of July already? The Summer is flying by.

This week has been great. I’ve had so many unexpected things happen. If everything goes as planned, I will be able to share my news in the next couple of weeks!

I did a lot of brainstorming this week. I’m still figuring out a few things with the blog. You may have noticed I switched up the graphic of this post. I may switch it up again. Im trying to develop a nice design so I may make tweaks here and there. The first one was a FAIL. It wasn’t legible.  

Ok, let’s take a look at what inspired me this week:

Solange Knowles covers the August 2014 cover of Lucky Magazine. She’s one of my design muses. Love her! The cover story is a great read. She talks about her personal style growth and her move to New Orleans from New York. 

Lupita Nyong’o braids hair! Lupita does a candid video interview with Vogue. Take a look and see her impressive hair braiding skills!

I stumbled upon so many new-to-me blogs this week. Good Lookn Out, Milk N’ Honee, EatStylePlay, Sage + Sparkle and byRegina. I love finding and connecting with bloggers!

SZA and Jill Scott collab on a song called Divinity! I can’t stop listening to Luke James’ Whispers in the Dark mixtape and Tinashe’s Black Water mixtape

Andrea did a great post about Mudcloth and she shared this great video on how to make Mudcloth (turn on the captions). It’s such an interesting process. I would love to try it out if I could find the materials needed. 

Angel’s post on Finding Your Summer Blogging Voice was a great read. It made me think about quality over quantity