In this week’s episode of DMTV Milkshake, Pulp Design Studios’ Beth Dotolo and Carolina V. Gentry talk to us about all the things that make a house a home – making it a spectacular home, with inviting ease, a signature scent, intelligently (and inexpensively) curated art on the walls and more .
With offices in Dallas, Seattle and LA, Dotolo and Gentry not only work with clients to create beautiful spaces, they also publish the interior design magazine Icon and produce their own products such as their obsidian candles. That is why we asked her to create a signature fragrance for your home, a theme that also played a role in her response to creating a welcoming space. “I think a welcoming home always has a distinctive scent,” says Carolina. Beth adds, “I also think a sense of humor in your facility creates a welcoming home too. If you don’t take yourself too seriously, the people in your home won’t feel too serious. I just think it automatically creates a feeling of comfort. “
In this milkshake too, Carolina and Beth recommend specific sources for their favorite fragrances, how to create a luxurious bedroom on a budget, and what decorating work most people should but not put off: “We talk to our customers all the time,” says Beth. “Many people who have children feel that they cannot design their home yet. They have to wait to buy beautiful things until their children grow up. When you buy beautiful things, think about the right fabrics, and think about how to design for your family – kids become kids, but adults also spill red wine and such. You shouldn’t wait until the baby is grown up to design your home. “
Carolina adds, “I have an off-white sofa, and the two big babies who live here – me and my husband – managed to keep it nice and clean and we spilled so much on it. Simply hire a designer who can tell you which fabrics to bring into your home. “
Diana Ostrom, who has written for Wallpaper, Interior Design, ID, The Wall Street Journal, and other media outlets, is also the author of Faraway Places, a newsletter about travel.
Milkshake, the first regular series from DMTV (Design Milk TV), shakes up the traditional interview format by asking designers, creatives, educators and industry experts to randomly select interview questions from their favorite bowl or receptacle. In their open discussions, you will not only get an insight into their personal housewares collections, but also valuable insights into their work, their lives and their passions.