Designer Crush: Lindsay Chambers
1. How did you get your start in the business?
 
I was at Stanford University working towards my PhD in History when a couple who worked at Google knocked on the door of my home I had decorated in Palo Alto. They wanted to buy my house, but I didn't want to move so I turned their unsolicited offer down. I had so much fun doing my own house, and I figured I had an idea of what people liked — so I tried my hand at renovating my neighbor's home a block down. That's how I started renovating homes. People in town liked my homes so much they asked if I would do design work for them, and that is how LindsayChambers Design was born. I began focusing more on the design work than the renovating, and now LCD has now really taken off with offices in both Los Angeles and Palo Alto. I'm also moving into furniture as a result of designing custom pieces for my clients, and my own line will be debuting this fall on Melrose Ave in the West Hollywood Design District.
 
2. You have offices in both Los Angeles and San Francisco - how do the two cities differ in style and overall approach to design?
 
San Francisco design has an understated elegance to it with a focus on intelligent design. Los Angeles design has a smart boldness to it that is at the same time casual and refined. More simply stated, San Francisco design is a little more understated while Los Angeles's design style is a little more flashy. 
 
3. Who has been your biggest professional inspiration? 
 
Richard Branson, because he's constantly evolving and improving his business empire while simultaneously living a fulfilling life. Whatever venture he does, he approaches it with a more creative and sexier style than the competition. 
 
4. What are some of your tricks for keeping a space cohesive while combining contemporary elements with classic design?
 
I specialize in traditional design that has clean lines and feels current. Nothing stuffy and dated.  This is sometimes called transitional. The way I am able to produce traditional work that feels fresh is to incorporate transitional or soft contemporary leaning elements into a classical backdrop - and to keep everything clean. Nothing fussy. There are a few ways to harmoniously blend styles from different genres or eras. Pieces from different eras can have a common design language so veer toward elements, such as the architectural lines of a piece, that are similar. 
 
5. Best design trend to emerge in the last five years? Worst?
 
As you can probably tell from my portfolio, I do appreciate the move from beige to gray as a neutral backdrop for home design. 
 
6. Name an artist that inspires you and tell us why.
 
There are so many artists that inspire me. Right now I love Gregory Crewdson for photography, Gerhard Richter because of his mastery of different mediums, Cecily Brown for her tactile contemporary paintings, and Graydon Parrish because, not only is he incredibly talented, but his devotion to revitalizing classical realism in an era when it is out of vogue is quite admirable. 
 
Lightning round!
 
7. Britney or Madonna?
 
Madonna.
 
8. Formal or casual?
 
California casual. 
 
9. Beach or mountains?
 
Mountains.
 
10. Romance or thriller?
 
Thriller.
 
11. Chocolate or vanilla?
 
Both, as long as I can cover them in caramel.