Q&A with designer Lisa Furey
Our Designer Network is a group of trailblazers and icons that Sunset and sister publications Coastal Living and Southern Living work with to curate the best home designs for the magazines.
This week, we feature interior designer Lisa Furey of Barefoot Interiors.
Sunset: How would you describe your style?
LF: My style is easy, a bit coastal, transitional and family friendly – yet sophisticated and classic. My hope is that it puts homeowners and their guests at ease and makes them feel good in the space.
Sunset: What’s a design trend you’re loving right now?
LF: I love that there is no one trend. I like to learn about my clients and how they live and then design around that, versus following a trend.
Sunset: What’s your #1 piece of design advice for homeowners?
LF: Design your home for you – not for re-sale, not to follow the latest fad – and buy the best quality you can afford, even if it means owning less pieces and collecting quality over time.
Sunset: What are your (beach, mountain, lake, farm) house essentials?
LF: Any location should have lots of natural light, hard wearing surfaces, organic elements incorporated into the design and well functioning pieces.
Sunset: What’s your go-to statement-making front door paint color?
LF: I love a high gloss red, black, navy or grey. More important to me than the color is to have an interesting door, for instance, a dutch door or arched door with beautiful iron strapping or hardware.Coastal/Southern/Western destination of choice? Palmetto Bluff, SC is one of my all time favorite places – I am biased, however, because I live here now!
Sunset: Favorite places to shop?
LF: Obsessed with Serena and Lily and Oomph right now, as well as my local antique shops. ADAC is also wonderful as is the new Philadelphia Marketplace Design Center.
Sunset: Favorite designers/tastemakers/etc. to follow on Instagram?
LF: Mark Sikes, Dana Wolter, Blackband Design and of course, my fave is Kristy W Harvey, because she is a sweetheart.
Sunset: Favorite hotels to stay in on the coast? Which coast?
LF: My all time favorite is Four Seasons, Punta Mita, where I went many years ago on my honeymoon. We stayed in a room cliffside with a huge rock in the ocean, lit at night so we could see the waves and white water crashing against the rocks.
Sunset: When it comes to (beach house) kitchens, what’s your preference?
LF: Island or peninsula? I prefer an island with a prep/bar sink and beverage fridge or refrigerator and freezer drawers – the extra sink always comes in handy and the island allows for good circulation and generally, more storage capacity (though not always)