We rang in the new year in the best way possible: with a new design challenge with our rug partner, Revival. Today, we’re speaking with the first-place winner of the challenge, Elizabeth Swedo!
You know the common workplace phrase, “We're not saving lives here”? Well, when it comes to Elizabeth Swedo’s job, that’s not always the case. Elizabeth is a doctor by day and an interior designer by night. As a pediatrician, she has found ways to incorporate her love for interior design into her practice. Consider us impressed.
Read on to learn more about Elizabeth, the winner behind the Revival design challenge.
I'm an Atlanta-based pediatrician and injury epidemiologist by day and a lover of all things design and DIY by night. I've always been obsessed with interior design. My favorite book growing up was my mom's 1983 copy of Sunset's Children's Playrooms and Play Yards, but my love for design has often taken a backseat to my career in medicine. During my pediatric residency at the University of Washington in Seattle, I frequently cared for children who had been injured at home. I brainstormed ways to incorporate style and safety into children's home environments to prevent injuries and promote learning and play. From those experiences, Doctor Designs was born! Doctor Designs offers families the opportunity to have spaces in their homes designed with safety and style. While I most frequently design nurseries and playrooms, I also consult clients on how to make communal spaces work for the entire family.
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I am officially obsessed with Revival's selection of vintage, one-of-a-kind rugs! I was really drawn to the richness of the colors and textures in the rug and used that to anchor and inspire the space. I've been leaning into "moody maximalism" in my inspiration searches lately. I love how cozy and vibrant you can make a space by painting or wallpapering all the walls and ceilings; it takes bravery, but the impact is so worth it!
Spoak has been such an incredible, inspiring community. I love popping on Slack to see what people are talking about and browsing other people's designs in the discovery feed to get ideas. I love Pinterest, Instagram, and Houzz for collecting digital images, but I also adore a good old-school magazine or catalog rip-out. (CB2, Ikea, and AllModern have very talented stylists!) I file physical images away in binders and flip through them for inspiration. Seeing how my style has evolved over the years has been fun.
I have a major designer crush on Kelly Wearstler. She is the queen of making spaces feel both luxe and organic.
Traveling is huge for refilling my creativity. There's nothing better than finding a really lovely, artsy Airbnb in a new city. I love visiting vintage shops; there's a great monthly antique market near my city with amazing vintage and new pieces.
Book: Cloud Cuckoo Land; Show: The Great Pottery Throwdown or Ghosts (British version ONLY, the American version is trash); Food: Five Daughters Bakery doughnuts; Drink: Lavender latte from Aurora Coffee.
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