Q&A with Karen Lankford, Box to Beautiful


Get to know Karen Lankford...

Where do you find inspiration when starting a new project? 

“I always start a project by getting a good feel for the experience that the space should deliver. From there, I love hunting for inspiration in art or photography that fits that experience and the structure of the space. I also try to find an inspirational quote from either literature or music to fit the experience.”

Where did you grow up? Has that had an influence on your design aesthetic? 

“I grew up in El Paso, Texas and that influence of West Texas mixed with Mexico and its vivid colors and relaxed living has definitely influenced my design work. After graduating high school, I became a gypsy for several years moving quite often. In that time, I really learned to appreciate the unique aspects of each area but also how the meshing of people and cultures creates interest. ”

What inspired (most excited) you about this year's theme / house?

“I was so thrilled to be exploring color and bringing the aspects of Old Mexico into this year’s house. I immediately started recalling the bright swirling Ballet Folklorico skirts that had completely mesmerized me as a kid. I love bright, dynamic colors and this opportunity to bring them together all at one time in one space has been so thrilling. ”

Is there a design rule you love to break?

“I stay away from making everything fit neatly into a specifically defined “Style”. I prefer to find the elements of multiple styles and put them together in a symbiotic way that give a space its one unique vibe that delivers an experience perfectly matched to the lives of the people using the space. ”

If you were reborn as a piece of furniture or decor object, what would it be? and why?

“A sculptural light installation. I would love to function as both art and light within a space."

What would be your dream project? 

“A small boutique hotel that I also owned.”

Finish the sentence:     Every room needs _________. 

“pops of color and texture.”

Jennifer Ashton