From the time she was little, which wasn’t for long since she stands 6 feet tall, Laurel & Wolf Designer, Shelly Gerritsma was creating, rearranging, and devising plans to make the world around her more beautiful. As time went on, her passions for design and the arts grew, leading her to attend Colorado State University’s Interior Design program. From the start, Shelly knew she had found her niche, receiving a variety of awards for excellence in design along the way. Her work has been published in Southern Accents Magazine and online design sites, like HGTV. Shelly also creates custom artwork and textile prints, many with an equestrian flair, which serves as an equal passion to her design.
Read on for the full interview and check out her design portfolio, here!
What is your dream project?
I’m actually working on my dream project right now — a Hunt Box Barn/Residence nestled in an upscale golf and equestrian community in Southern Pines North Carolina, for professional Eventer and trainer, Whitney Weston. Having a robust background in architectural design has allowed me to design the project from the ground up, and my client has allowed me creative control of the design, which has been super fun! The build will be completed this January!
What is one place you have traveled to that has inspired the design of your own home?
Having grown up in a variety of places including California and Arizona, I have found that I lean toward an eclectic mix of elements. I am currently leaning towards a Hollywood Regency look, with a mix of Southwest prints. I just recently moved from Los Angeles to Southern Pines, North Carolina and am excited to start putting my own home together here!
If you got to pick a movie to live in, which would it be?
I love all things Deco! So something in the 1930’s would be my pick. Something with loads of personality, lots of musical numbers, and chic style. Definitely, “Backwards in High Heels” with Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.
What is the least glamorous thing you do as a designer?
The least glamorous thing as a designer is probably site visits during construction. People don’t realize that part of the job is climbing up ladders, sifting through construction grit, wearing safety glasses and getting your hands dirty. But it’s also one of my favorite parts. It’s awesome to see your design come to life before your eyes.
If you were to create the ideal design power couple, who would they be and why?
This is so hard but so fun! I would have to say that if it were a working couple, as in business partners, Iris Apfel and Syrie Maugham – these two women have helped to shape the history of interiors and fashion.