Meet Louise Copeland
This young designer creates updated interiors that stay true to a home’s spirit.
“I design spaces that feel layered and full, without being overtly one style.” Louise Copeland
WHO: While she was growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina, Louise Copeland remembers being captivated by the interiors of her best friend’s home. “Her mother had the best taste and often went on buying trips to Europe,” recalls the designer, who launched her Manhattan-based firm four years ago. “I was always so excited to see the new additions and hear about the stories behind them.”
WHAT: A mix of contemporary and vintage pieces, paired with organic patterns and subtle textures. “I design spaces that feel layered and full, without being overtly one style.”
WHEN: Upon graduating from the University of the South with a B.A. in English in 2006, Copeland moved to Jackson, Wyoming, and gained experience as an assistant for a mother-and-daughter design team. In 2010, she moved to New York and began working at showrooms within the D&D Building, while simultaneously taking classes at the New York School of Interior Design. Three years later, she landed a job at her dream firm, S. R. Gambrel. “Working with Steven [Gambrel] was incredible,” she says. “It felt like I was getting paid to learn. He is such a good mentor.”
WHERE: Her company’s current commissions include a young family’s Upper East Side pied-à-terre, featuring custom upholstery, mid-20th-century antiques, and a variety of colorful textiles, as well as two renovation projects: a Gothic Revival on the Hudson River in Germantown and a San Francisco residence with views of Mount Tamalpais.
WHY: “Every project is different,” says Copeland, “and you get to experience a different kind of creativity with each one.”