Meet one of our contributors for Girl Meets Party, Devon Fromm. Originally from the East coast, she’s our go-to for anything design.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m an Interior Designer living and working in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago. I just started my company, Devon Grace Interiors in 2016 after working at larger, corporate design firms for the beginning of my career. Design is definitely my passion, but I also love practicing yoga, running and traveling as often as I can. I moved to Chicago about three years ago with my fiance (then, boyfriend) from Boston, where I attended Northeastern University to study architecture in undergrad and Suffolk University to get my masters in interior design. My family is still on the east coast, but Chicago is definitely home. I love it here!
What’s your favorite thing to create?
My favorite thing to create (as an interior designer) is a space that really surprises people. I love to keep spaces neutral or monochromatic and pull in rich textures and natural materials to add depth and warmth. Nothing makes me happier than seeing someone enjoy a space that I created.
How do you get ideas for your projects?
I get most of my ideas for design from traveling and experiencing new spaces. I think it’s so easy for designers to get caught in a bubble of what they think is safe or normal, and it’s really important to push yourself to see things from a new perspective and push the boundaries a bit.
Have you always been crafty? If not, when did it start?
Yes, I have always loved being creative and I was constantly surrounded by artistic energy growing up. My mom is an incredible painter and my dad is an expert furniture refurbisher. Growing up, my parents were constantly re-doing rooms in our house, and restoring antiques along with other unique finds. They had such a talent for this kind of thing, and although my style is less traditional than theirs, I credit them for teaching me everything I know.
Tell us a bit about your family! We want to know about you!!
My dad refers to my family as a patch-work quilt. My parents were both in previous marriages where they each had their own kids, and then when they got married they had me. My youngest sibling is 13 years older than me, so most of my childhood, I lived as an only child after they all had left for college. Because of this, my parents and I are incredibly close and part of me hates living so far away from them (they retired to Cape Cod). I’m also engaged and gaining a really wonderful new family this summer! Mike’s family is huge (30 something first cousins alone!) so holidays have gotten much rowdier and exciting.
What will you be writing about for Girl Meets Party?
As part of the Girl Meets Party team, I’m going to be contributing pieces on interiors and design in general! I think so many things influence interior design including fashion, travel, and pop-culture. Given this, I’m going to focus on how all of those areas blend together.
What are you most excited for in the new year?
2018 already feels like a huge year to me. I have a new assistant starting to work with me and a ton of projects in the pipeline. I think the one I’m most excited about (though they are all fun ones) is the Chicago office for Ford Models, which we’re aiming to complete by March 1. I just worked on the NYC office last summer and had so much fun working on a design for such an edgy, bold company.
Share your favorite quote with us.
My favorite quote is by Stephanie Bennett-Henry, “Life is tough my darling, but so are you.” It’s a simple one, but I heard it for the first time right when I started DGI and it really resonated. Starting your own business is incredibly demanding and I have learned more about myself this past year than ever before. I am really proud of how resilient I have been and how much I have grown in such a short time. This quote really encapsulates that.
Devon began her career in design while working at an architecture firm during high school. She went on to each a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Northeastern University, followed by a Masters of Art in Interior Design from Suffolk University. With a background in both architecture and interior design, Devon looks at spaces holistically and creates designs that are cohesive to tell a clear story about their users.