MDS- How would you define your style?
MC- My approach to each project depends on the client and the space. I like to focus on having a balance between the person, style of home and the surroundings. Overall, I like to think that my style is considered, calm, and comfortable.
MDS- Where did you grow up and how do you think that influences your work?
MC- I grew up in Arizona and Nevada. The scale and vastness of the desert have always appealed to me. That being said, I believe it was more how I grew up rather than where. While we did live in a rural setting, my mother and I would travel to San Francisco frequently. I was lucky enough to have been exposed to different lifestyles.
Beyond this I found early inspiration in the work of San Francisco designers Michael Taylor and John Dickinson.
MDS- If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
MC- It’s hard to imagine doing anything else since I’ve been rearranging furniture since I can remember. I’d love to say a honkey tonk piano player, but maybe an editor is more realistic.
MDS- Who or what is inspiring you right now?
MC- On the lower east side of New York City I go to the Miguel Abreu Gallery, he has a great eye.
MDS- What is the favorite room in your home?
MC- It’s all about the light. From early morning to the end of the day light floods my living room in the city. I am also really excited about my new house in Bellport.
MDS- Is there anything you obsessively collect?
MDS- Fill in the blank: “I could never own too many ____________ .”
MC- White shirts.
MDS- If you could decorate anyone’s house- who’s would it be and why?
MC- Dolly Parton. She’s an original, true to who she is, and very smart. I love her music and her infectious enthusiasm.
MDS- What do you want to be known for?
MC- Being a good friend.
MDS- What do you think is chic, stylish and glamorous?
MC- An Avedon photograph.