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Interior Designer Spotlight
Q&A with Emily Ebben
Six questions with Warren Barnett Interiors' Director of Design and Marketing


January 2017

Describe your aesthetic in one sentence.

I find myself to be an eclectic mix of tribal, modern, architectural and organic, (and) I am obsessed with black and white.

Tell us about one of your favorite projects — and why you enjoyed it.

I feel lucky that, in my position as director of design at Warren Barnett, I can have my hands on and in many different projects daily with our 10 interior designers. Of course, it’s every designer’s dream to be given free rein with the creative process, which does happen often, but I truly enjoy working with our clients to achieve a home they are proud to show off and an environment (where) they feel they can be themselves. The people are truly what make this business.

Aside from furniture  and décor, who or what influences or inspires you?

I am, and have always been, enamored with couture fashion — be it a runway show or something as simple as the September issue of Vogue. It just makes me happy. I believe there is a strong correlation between how you dress yourself and how you dress your home, making every project so individualized and special.

I am also currently so into Kelly Hoppen, an awe-inspiring interior designer from South Africa who works around the world creating the most perfect spaces (often seen in Architectural Digest). Kelly has a simple yet opulent style that inspires me daily.

What are your favorite Milwaukee area spots — to dine local, shop local or do local?

Locally, I would have to say that AP (All Purpose) delivers time and time again, making it a favorite restaurant staple. The Outsider at the new (Kimpton) Journeyman Hotel has amazing cocktails and definitely added a sexy atmosphere with breathtaking views of the city, which I was longing for. Shopping-wise, well, Milwaukee is starting to get better. Faye’s has the best selection of on-trend brands. Lastly, the Calatrava never gets old to me, especially at sunset in the summer — I think it is one of the most beautiful pieces of architecture anywhere.

Finish this sentence: Every room needs _____.

Texture, and an element of surprise.

What is something that would surprise people to learn about you?

I love being outdoors and doing activities outdoors, just as much as I love good design. After living in Montana for  11 years, (the outdoors) is my happy place.


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