Get to Know: Studio Ten 25
Abbe Fenimore is the founder of Texas-based interior design firm Studio Ten 25. She is recognized for her bold color choices and play-on pattern, which she brings to life in a way that’s simply one of a kind.
Q: How would you describe your style and process for creating spaces?
A: My style is playful without sacrificing sophistication, elegant yet accessible, and completely and totally luminous. I like to take my client's vision for their space and create a design that not only incorporates what they are looking for, but adds a few unexpected elements to create something unique for them.
Q: When designing a room what is the most important factor for you?
A: Function is always the first thing I consider when I start conceptualizing a project. It is important for the space to have a great foundation with the appropriate scale, durability, and layout. From there, I begin to layer in the color, pattern, and texture to pull it all together.
Q: We love your use of color in your projects, any tips on creating a color palette per project?
A: Thank you! My clients typically set the tone for the color palette, so once we have that finalized the fun part begins. I like to stick with basics when it comes to the main staples of the room and build around that. This allows my client to easily change out pillows and accessories as seasons change. Once we have decided on the direction of the color palette and overall design, I work with their favorite color or combination within the space by keeping the visual vibe balanced. If they have a specific fabric, piece of art, or accessory they love, I will often use that as the jumping-off point for the color palette too.
Q: How do you think of hardware when designing a space?
A: I like to think of hardware as an element to compliment the overall design. Sometimes it needs to be classic and chic, but I like to use pieces that make a statement and add a little wow factor to help complete the finished look.
Q: How do you keep your creative spirit fulfilled?
A: This is a challenge for me because I want to bring a fresh perspective to each project and provide my client with something unique. When I feel creatively drained, I like to pop into a few of my favorite local showrooms to see what's new. I have wonderful showroom reps here in Dallas, so spending time with them and getting a fresh perspective on their products is something I love doing. It not only gets me away from my laptop screen, it allows me to get out of the daily grind of running a design business and reminds me why I love what I do.
Q: Any tips or tricks you can share with us?
A: Do what you love and don't overthink it. I see too many people scour Pinterest and Instagram for hours, only to become more confused with the overall direction they want to go in their home. Layering takes time and it's ok if you haven't found the perfect lamp, accent piece, or art that you love. Design takes time and it is important to step by throughout the process and see how you feel about the changes you have made.