503found Designer Profile: Brooke Wagner Design
The team at 503found has been following Brooke Wagner’s work in the Orange County design community for the past few years. One of our own design philosophies is to embrace a style, but push the boundaries to make it your own. Brooke and her team do just that with their signature, fresh, coastal traditional design aesthetic that has been taking over your Pinterest and Instagram feeds.
The full service interior design firm based in Corona del Mar is taking on new projects across coastal Orange County, Malibu and as far as New Hampshire. We wanted to learn more about how Brooke stays inspired and some of their latest finds at 503found. Read on for all the details and visit brookwagnersdesign.com and @brookewagnerdesignon Instagram for even more design inspiration!
1. Where do you find design inspiration?
I am constantly inspired through our travels – whether it’s visiting a client back East or in our own backyard – different scenery is very inspiring to me. I love being in nature and taking in the different colors, textures, and landscaping – I incorporate a lot of colors found in nature into my work. I’m also constantly inspired by other interior designers, including tastemakers I find on Instagram, and of course I’m inspired by 503found!
2. Where are some of your current projects?
The team at Brooke Wagner Designs is busy! We manage all aspects of the residential design and building process from the beginning planning stages through accessorizing and staging. We also offer space planning, fabric and furniture selection, custom furniture fabrication, window treatments, wall coverings, color specification, and architectural detailing. Right now we have lots of projects in Newport Beach, The Strand in Dana Point, Malibu, San Francisco, and New Hampshire.
3. Why do you love having a home in – and designing in and around – Newport Beach?
I love having our office, my home and the majority of my clients in Newport Beach. I can walk out our office doors in Corona del Mar, and draw constant inspiration from the ocean and our beautiful surroundings. Our clients in and around Newport are very design savvy and are fabulous to work with – providing great ideas and incredible homes for us to work on. The area also is home to many fantastic resources for interior designers. It’s hard to find another area where we have all of these resources at our fingertips!
4. Do you have any great tips for the summer to fall transition at home, design-wise?
When we are designing for a home, we always like to keep the main upholstery pieces in neutral linens. That way, when you are transitioning from summer to fall (or fall to winter), you can make easy changes by switching up your pillows and accessories. I think candles are a great way to transition scents during different seasons. Changing out your floral summer scent to a more spicy autumn fragrance helps set the tone that it’s fall!
5. Tell us about one of the most satisfying interior design/home furnishing/accessory “finds” you’ve ever made – what was it and where did you find it?
Recently, I was in San Francisco for a client and we were able to do some shopping. I scored some amazing brass and Carrera marble candlesticks that I’m obsessed with! There’s nothing better than finding that perfect accessory to bring home to a client – or yourself!
6. How did you discover 503found?
I heard about 503found from a few friends. I knew of Kim Rodosky and that she had great style, so when I heard she and co-owner Kim Johnson opened a home store in Cannery Village – I rushed over to check it out!
7. What makes 503found unique?
What I love about 503found and what makes it unique is the eclectic mix of art and accessories from all corners of the world. You can tell that they are not buying from your typical vendors, but sourcing on trips to New York, Paris, and other places that designers may not have time to go to!
8. Tell us about some of your favorite “finds” at 503found that you’ve used in your home and in projects!
We just used a ton of 503found tabletop pieces on a recent project of ours in Corona del Mar – some Japanese delicate grey glasses, a decanter, and gorgeous ceramics in white and grey. The pieces really helped finish the room and add that layer of accessories that every house needs!
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