Q&A: Interior Designer Monica Duncan

Get to know the designer




JOEL LASSITER

The Duncan House Fine Interiors
443 Landsbury Dr., Weddington
704-321-5121
Years in business: 24 
Hometown: I’m a ‘Bama girl, but lived in Boston, New York, and most of my life in North Carolina
Years in Charlotte: 26

 

Charlotte Home + Garden: Favorite color to wear? 

Monica Duncan: This week it’s blush and taupe…next week is to be determined.  

 

CHG: Favorite color to design with? 

MD: Sophisticated neutrals with splashes of color.

 

CHG: When did you know you wanted to be an interior designer? 

MD: I was space planning as a child. I would go in the woods and section off areas in the woods between the trees, you know, ‘This is the kitchen; this is bedroom.’ My mother really knew before me that I was destined to be a designer. I’m guessing my parents wished that I had taken those early cues rather than spending the first few years at university pursuing a law degree!  

 

CHG: Favorite recent design trend? 

MD: Edited interiors that are forward thinking and sophisticated.

 

CHG: Design trend you wish never happened? 

MD: Harvest gold ruffled ‘Dorothy’s originals.’

 

CHG: Favorite national interior designer? 

MD: There are many elements that I admire in many designers, but I think I would have to say Barbara Barry. She has exquisite restraint, and knows just when to add the right statement piece.  

 

CHG: Best career advice you’ve been given? 

MD: ‘If it moves you, it can stay.’

 

CHG: Best place to find inspiration? 

MD: It’s corny, but I guess I’m the forever romantic: The soft blush of a sunrise or the magnificence of a bold sunset to the moody, steely gray mist off the pond this time of year. Nature is God’s handiwork and I am moved by it and how it is forever changing.

 

CHG: When you design a room, you start with… 

MD: The clients. I observe the way they dress, the way they live, and ultimately the way they dream.

 

CHG: Three words that describe when clients see their completed home?

MD: I hope that when I complete a home and the client lays first eyes on it that they are awed, moved, and genuinely happy, as simple as that sounds. Tears of joy are always a good thing!    

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