Interview with Sam Penner


We are so thrilled that our darling friend, and wildly talented Interior Designer Samantha Penner from The Peak of Très Chic has chosen this month’s designer picks! I met Samantha years ago when we both hosted a  Neiman Marcus Blogger Beauty event, and I adored her instantly. It’s been so amazing watching her talent grow over the years, and we were so tickled when she agreed to be this month’s featured designer. Here’s what she had to say……

What inspires you when starting a new project?

I try to be open to inspiration at all times throughout the day- and seem to find inspiration everywhere I look, whether it be a home featured in one of my favorite shelter mags, like House Beautiful, a pin on Pinterest, or something more abstract- like the detail of a dress or a particularly beautiful bouquet of flowers. I also try my best to reference coffee table books when working on a room or look.

In the movie about your life, who would play you, and why?

I would have to go with Cameron Diaz. I am told I look like her on a regular basis, and I love how carefree and hilarious she naturally seems to be.

What is your favorite personal belonging?

My Prada Saffiano Luxe Tote. It was the best investment I’ve ever made. I have it in the Marmo Gray color, and I carry it everywhere. It holds everything, and stands the test of time. I love it!

If you could design one room, anywhere in the world, what would it be?

I’d love to design a Paris flat for a young woman. First off, I’d get to work and stay in Paris during the project. Second, I’d get to scour antique stores and furniture stores in the area, which are all so charming. And lastly, as a young woman myself, I’d love to design the perfect place for a young woman to live out her 20s fabulously.

Favorite interior design resource?

Coffee table books! That’s where I get inspired by studying the work of acclaimed designers and the details that make their work stand out. I love Barbara Berry, Katie Ridder, and Aerin Lauder’sespecially. I am hopeful Lilly Bunn will have one out before too long. Her work is so unique and inspiring.

Coffee or tea?

Coffee all the way! I am an espresso fiend. I can’t start my day without it.

Wine or cocktail?

That’s a toughie! Can I say all of the above? 😉 I love the white wine mojito at a restaurant here in Houston called Tiny Boxwoods, and that combines both! However, in my book nothing beats a glass of Peju cabernet sauvignon after a long day.

Favorite color?

I am a big fan of the blue-green color family. I especially love turquoise and sea foam.

Favorite app?

What a great question! I love finding new and useful apps. I’d have to go with Epic Fail. The app compiles real-life images submitted by users showing incredible failures. It is constantly cracking me up.

Chocolate or sugary candy?

Chocolate for sure.

Your superpower?

Sleeping in! If you let me sleep in without an alarm, I can snooze well past noon. What can I say? It’s a gift. 😉


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