For today’s blog, let’s flashback to Chaddock’s very first designer Q&A back in 2014. Paige Patterson with Sheffield Furniture inspired us then. She inspires us now. Her ideas and creativity stand the test of time.
CHADDOCK: How did you get started in the world of interior design? Where you born into it? Did you come to it as a second career?
PAIGE: Oh, my passion for design was obvious very early. My father is an architect. I remember watching him at his drafting table and seeing projects unfold. I never wanted to be a teacher or a nurse or an actress – those typical childhood career aspirations. Can I say I was born into design? I studied design in school – training is so important – and then I sold antiques for a number of years. I came to Sheffield’s 17 years ago and have never looked back. I love it here.
CHADDOCK: As a designer, you see so much. Are there any trends you wish would go away?
PAIGE: Trends ebb and flow. It’s part of the process. I like it. I’m good with change. For a while 18th Century was huge, huge, huge. Now it’s slowing going away and I miss it. The truth is classic never goes out of style. And classics can be modern or traditional or even 18th Century! That’s where the designer’s creativity and taste come into play.
CHADDOCK: Do you have a favorite piece of furniture in the Chaddock lineup?
PAIGE: Actually, my favorite piece really has more to do with what my client is interested in. A big part of the design process is building a relationship. For me, that’s about listening and understanding what my clients want, what they need. Now, that said, I’ll add that I love the Guy Chaddock French rush-seat dining chairs, especially the ones with the carved flowers. Great classic antique-inspired good looks and amazing comfort.
CHADDOCK: So staying on Chaddock for a moment, can you tell us what you like best about the company overall?
PAIGE: So Chaddock core designs, Guy Chaddock, Larry Laslo designs and now David Easton is in the mix too [Paige was interviewed before the launch of Mary McDonald] … what I like best is that the product is very unique, it’s made in the U.S.A and it’s so customizable. You help me do whatever I want. Once I actually sketched a cocktail table and you made it. Wow. Oh and having a great rep helps. Jim Earle. He either answers the phone on the first ring or I get a call right back.
CHADDOCK: Where do you go for inspiration?
PAIGE: I go to work! We have a beautiful store, amazing products and a great group of people here. I’m fortunate to have the best clients. It all just clicks. It’s satisfying and inspiring!