Love & Design: An Afternoon with LoveHappens Magazine and Nancy Charbonneau
LoveHappens Magazine's interviewed Nancy Charbonneau on her pursuit of design, creativity, love, and happiness. We've repurposed a few of our favorite parts, but you can read the full feature article here!
In 2019, LoveHappens Magazine asked our Founder + Principal Designer, Nancy Charbonneau for an afternoon of conversation about design, creativity, love, and happiness — and if you know Nancy at all, you'd know how excited she was!
Since the day Woodlands Fabrics & Interiors was founded in 1999 to the day it transformed to Charbonneau Interiors in 2018, Nancy has led this company with grace, professionalism, and above all, joy and gratitude. At the center of both her designs and her life is a sense of serene happiness — a true belief and passion for what she does and how she connects with those around her.
We feel that this feature piece, written by LoveHappens Magazine, is a beautiful reflection of that, and we're excited to revisit it with you today to give you a glimpse into the creative mind of Nancy Charbonneau!
Love happens when…
You’re open to new opportunities, possibilities, and perspectives. I think this is true in general, but especially in interior design. I believe that to create a space that you truly, unapologetically, inherently love to be in begins when you open yourself up to the world, your community, and allow forces of nature, both organic and inorganic to inspire you. It’s this cosmic force that you love, but can’t explain; you just know when you walk into a room and think, “this must be the place”.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
To me, perfect happiness is this place that is inherently peaceful. It’s this mental environment that is incredibly personal, where everything is in balance, purposeful, and fluid, not forced. Living on planet Earth, to seek this peace has to be a conscious decision. And ultimately that’s what I feel my purpose here is: to create conscious and intentional spaces that connect you to this place where you’re mentally able to seek peace and find joy. It’s in this place where I feel like perfect happiness resides, and where you can be your most authentic self.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Professionally, I feel our greatest achievement as a firm was completely restructuring our business after 18 years so that we could truly pursue the level of custom design that we’re living in right now. And it was hard. It was this incredible period of change we needed to make so we could start over with a clean slate. Putting one foot in front of the other to pursue this new business plan we believed so deeply in.
Over our 20+ year tenure in the industry, we’ve woven through retail, design, and now we’ve come to a place where we focus almost exclusively on custom design. And while we have a lot of exciting projects in the works in terms of growing our company, we’re able to do so on a more intentional path, which I’m very proud of and proud of our team for charging forth, too.
What profession does your alter ego have?
My alter ego is an artist, specifically a painter. I am, to my core, a visionary and a dreamer. And because of that, I find myself drawn to fine artists and the beautiful, creative, abstract works they produce. I love this idea of being an inherent, unfiltered, true artist. As an interior designer, I am able to access this part of me in some ways. But not to the full extent that I think my alter ego does!