I met Theresa during my days at Matta and it was almost instant with her. I think it had a lot to do with the fact that we both share a healthy obsession with home styling and interiors.
If i had to describe Theresa's home in one word, it would be EARTH. There is something so undeniably organic about her decorative sense in addition to the fact that her home is nestled in the woods and somehow makes one with nature around it.
She effortlessly brought West-coast style to the East-coast. Ultimately recreating the best mix of both worlds.
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Please tell us where you live, since when and where you are from originally
We have been in the Springs which is a little hamlet of East Hampton for 3 years now. "We" being my husband, Freddie and two pups, Lord Nelson and Lt. Hardy.
I am originally from Los Angeles and have lived in New Zealand where I would eventually love to own land.
What are the 3 fundamental elements in your life philosophy?
The Tao Te Ching has been the biggest influence in my life. TAO: A road, a path, the way by which people travel, the way of nature and finally the way of ultimate reality.
Connecting with Nature.
Living and creating beauty.
The best lesson you've learned in life
Live in the moment because you have everything you need.
How would you describe your home?
We live in an A-Frame nestled in the woods. Given my love of nature the house is infused with natural elements; from Atlantic driftwood, to Vermont funghi, to a California tumbleweed and seashells I have collected from all over. And of course, fresh local flowers. Given that A-Frames embody the joy of being on vacation and more broadly, the good life, our home ignites my love of exploration/travel and fulfills my need to be connected with nature. Its triangular design simultaneously grounds me and connects me to the sky to look upward. Living here is truly a daily uplifting experience.
What detail or memory do you recall most about the home you grew up in?
There is a painting that I absolutely love of a little girl sitting at a table that my mother painted over. She started out with blond braids and blue eyes and ended up with raven hair and eyes as black as coal. For some reason this has always resonated with me.
Finish the quote "I would never compromise..."
Good food - good music and a good laugh.
A quality or talent you most envy in others?
Talent: Anyone with a green thumb, like my mother.
Quality: Being non-judgemental, which i strive to be, but i would love for it to come naturally, like my husband.
Your latest obsession
I just rented Jane Eyre, just like the book, shook me to the bone. I need to read it again.
And it goes without saying Michael Fassbender will put you into a trance.
What part of your life experience you are proud to label as “no regrets”?
I wish I could say I had no regrets, but I'm human and will always have a few. But I find as I get older the weight of past regrets seems to lighten with time. For instance, I had regrets moving out to the East Coast, especially to the Hamptons. It was hard to find my place here, but after 3 years my husband and I finally nested and I feel more at home. I still find myself missing California, it will always be a part of me. For now the East Coast is my home. Only time will tell where Life’s adventures take us next.