Meet The Sisters - An Interview With Elaina
Happy April! Did you know both sisters have birthdays this month!? Elaina's is first on April 7th and we're celebrating by walking down memory lane! Here's a few things you may or may not have known about Elaina!
What is one of your favorite childhood memories?
Playing with all of my cousins at my grandparent’s house in LA.
If you had to describe your childhood in one word what would you say?
Are you named after anyone or is there a reason your parents gave you the names they did?
My mom always liked the name Elaine, but she said when I was born I had so much black hair on my head that she had to add an “a” on the end to add more umph!
I grew up in Carlsbad, CA. My first home was in LA then the East Coast then back to the West Coast.
Is there a habit you just can’t seem to break that you’ve had since your childhood?
I still spazz out…
Did you play any sports growing up? Which did you play and which was your favorite?
I did, I played soccer, basketball and I ran track. I loved all of them. Soccer was probably my favorite though.
What was the first country you ever visited and when?
Mexico. My parents were taking me to Mexico City from the time I was a baby.
When did you realize you wanted to pursue a career in design?
I believe I was in my twenties. I was working as a chief of staff for a high wealth individual and that evolved into running his private interior design firm and managing large and big budget design projects, collections etc. I was constantly designing new spaces, sourcing new things, managing projects and I loved it. I had a lot of responsibility and it taught me so much. The experience was my schooling.
What would you say is your best quality and what is your biggest flaw?
I listen to people. I try not too, but I do suffer from taking things personal, that's probably my biggest flaw.
What or who inspires you?
Definitely my friends and my family. They inspire me all of the time!
How would others describe you?
Does living in San Diego influence your work?
At times yes. I think I’m more influenced by my time living abroad in Bali, Indonesia.
What does design mean to you?
Design is everything. It’s a feeling and a place. It’s creation in motion. It’s the intangible to the tangible.