As we “March Fourth” into 2014, Christine reflects on several of the women designers that have influenced her throughout her life. These include icons such as Elsie De Wolfe, Frances Adler Elkins, Edith Wharton and Dorothy Draper, as well as current day designers and design afficionados such as Nina Campbell, Heather Clawson and Alexandra Stoddard. Each of these women has made her own unique imprint in the world of interior design inspiring Christine to follow in their footsteps.
On the left is an image of an interior designed by Elsie De Wolfe. She was known for utilizing chintz and fresh, warm colors, while also initiating America’s love for trellised rooms, wicker chairs and 18th century reproduction furniture. Henry Clay Frick was among many of De Wolfe’s well-known clientele. Elsie was never trained as a designer, but was an actress who described herself as a “rebel in an ugly world.”
Pictured on the left is a kitchen designed by Nina Campbell. Nina is recognized for using a neutral background with pops of rich, brilliant colors throughout the space. It has also been said that each of her designs can be applied to traditional spaces, as well as contemporary- a concept that is echoed in the portfolio of Christine Haught, Ltd. Interior Design. Although all of these women have their own trademarks when it comes to executing a design, they have all played some role in the motivation and success of Christine and her team. Christine regularly attends presentations by acclaimed designers as a continuation of her education and inspiration.
“Never look back, except for an occasional glance, look ahead and plan for the future. Success is not built on past laurels, but rather on a continuous activity.” – Dorothy Draper