Ambitious, determined, and visually driven, Annie Sue immigrated from Thailand to the United States with dreams of becoming a creative artist. As a child she spent much of her time enjoying extracurricular activities that required her to use her creativity, such as painting sets for school plays and designing cheerleading uniforms. After graduating college, she arrived in the U.S. with plans to further her studies and grow her career. Now equipped with degrees in Graphic Design, Advertising Communication, and Interior Design, she boasts an impressive portfolio that has won her numerous awards from leading publications and popular home décor blogs such as Metropolitan Home Magazine and Apartment Therapy.
Read on for the full interview and check out her design portfolio, here!
What is your dream project?
My ultimate fantasy would be to redecorate the White House. I think any designer would be thrilled at the opportunity and the honor to design for a U.S. president and his or her family.
What is one place you have traveled to that has inspired the design of your own home?
This may sound a bit cliché, but it was back in the 90’s when I visited Las Vegas and had a chance to stay at the Bellagio. The mega resort was the first of its kind to achieve the highest level of recognition and awards for hospitality. I remember feeling like I had been transported to an enchanting fantasy land. In addition to the resort as a whole, the decor of the hotel rooms and the awe-inspiring “O” show had a profound effect on me and inspired me to decorate my apartment in a way that makes me feel as if I am on vacation everyday.
If you got to pick a movie to live in, which would it be?
Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I love the urban attitude of the city in contrast to where the main character originally came from. New York City in the ’60s, as portrayed in the movie, feels as modern and progressive as it does today. The storyline and the score are poignant, romantic and classic. Plus the decor and the wardrobe is remarkably stylish and elegant.
What is the least glamorous thing you do as a designer?
Although my design aesthetic is on the glamorous side with significant influence from traditional and formal styles, my daily routine is quite the opposite. I do a lot of physical work and I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty. I can replace a light fixture, hang wallpaper, and reupholster a headboard without any help at all.
If you were to create the ideal design power couple, who would they be and why?
I would pair Dorothy Draper with Tony Duquette. These two American icons are my all-time favorite design inspirations. I love the fearless use of colors and the combination of texture and contrasting elements in their designs. Tony Duquette had a background in designing sets and costumes for Hollywood films, so most of his works have a theatrical energy and over the top drama to them. Dorothy Draper was born into an aristocratic family with unquestionably impeccable taste. She also created the iconic Neo-Baroque style by adding a modern flare to classical design.
You have $100 to put the finishing touches on a space. What do you do?
Besides fresh flowers and books, I always wrap up each one of my designs with decorative pillows. It is a quick, economical, and easy way to add accent colors to a space. I think of it as putting on your lipstick after applying foundation, eye shadow, blush, etc. You can always quickly touch it up to refresh your look throughout the day.