Stefanie Engstrom

Stefanie

Junior Interior Designer

1. “che bella” means …

Since “Che Bella” is Italian for “Beautiful”, to me it’s the feeling you get when you stop to really see what you’re looking at and it truly makes your heart happy. But in Italian, it makes the word feel richer and more heart felt because Italy is a beautiful country, not to mention the way that the Italian language sounds is also “molta bella”!

2. the design rule I love to break is …

I always try to incorporate something that is non-traditional for residential use, i.e. a wall-to-wall mirror for a powder bath instead of a single mirror that just hangs above the vanity. I’ve always been one of those “one foot in the box – one foot out of the box” type of people.

3. my favorite vacation spot is…

Anywhere I haven’t been yet! I have been to 24 countries and counting so it’s difficult to decide on a favorite. But if I had to choose one of those countries, it would have to be Iceland.

4. my most prized possession is …

I can’t go anywhere without my Burt’s Bees lip balm!

5. my go-to cocktail to serve at a party is …

Since I don’t host very many parties, my go-to cocktail to order will always be Malibu & Coke or Malibu & Pineapple juice, because it’s always Summer somewhere.