Designer Crush: Brittaney Elise

Who is your biggest role model?

So tough for me to pick just one! In so many lights of life: both my parents.

Which movie or play do you wish you could have designed the set for?

ABC’s "Once Upon a Time." 

What is the best way to gauge a client’s personality before starting a project?

First, I do my research! Next, I engage — I like to ask my clients a series of questions during our first meeting together that help me understand their personal lifestyle and preferences; by engaging organically and learning their likes versus dislikes, I am able to gain a better understanding of their personality. Then there’s just the vibe — afterall, everything is energy!

What new design trends are you excited to integrate into your work?

I’m really into the farmhouse trend right now — but I like to keep my own spin on things, striving to keep in line with chic minimalism (black-white-and-gray-everything, please!) and always an eclectic or slightly glam/luxe touch in the details.

How do you completely unwind?

I feel like a glass of wine and candlelight is so cliche, but Santal26 and Sauvignon Blanc literally call me by name at the end of a long day.

If you hadn't become a designer, which career would you have pursued?

A lawyer, without question. I’ve seen every episode of nearly every legal saga you can think of and anyone who really knows me will stand behind by argumentative ability (it’s definitely a talent) but my creative mind and heart would have eaten me alive by now if I’d pursued the attorney journey.

What’s the worst pre-designer job you’ve ever had and why?

A ‘model’ greeter at an Abercrombie & Fitch store — I lasted maybe three days.

What’s your favorite recipe?

I secretly love getting down in the kitchen — I really wish I had more time for it! I’ve got a pretty easy and super yummy spinach + chicken Enchilada recipe that’s always been hit. And then there’s my sweet potato souffle and truffle mac and cheese that only comes out for Thanksgiving and Christmas — to-die-for-delicious!

Create your perfect playlist for us. 

Lightning round!

Would you rather shop new or vintage?


First celebrity crush?

Johnny Depp.

What’s your hidden talent?

Helping people feel.

Best restaurant in your area? Where is it?

Murakami, on Melrose, West Hollywood

SF or LA?