Anna Smith, founder and owner of Annabode + Co. is a Denver designer whose natural modern style and organic process has caught our eye. Her work has graced the scene of several national outlets such as Domino, HGTV, Apartment Therapy, and Buzzfeed, among others. This past year, she and husband Austin, finished a home renovation on there very own fixer-upper. Anna invited us into her home and shared with us the things she’s most passionate about. Design.
When did you move to Colorado?
My husband and I moved here last June and have fallen completely in love with Colorado. We grew up in rural New Hampshire, and are so happy to be back in the mountains (and the snow!). Denver is such a beautiful, creative city and I’ve had so much fun exploring and finding new artists and makers.
What made you and your husband want to take on a fixer-upper?
Our last home was a 1960s split level, and although it had been updated it was your pretty typical, standard suburban house. Although we made a few cosmetic changes, nothing about it was really our style. When we found out we were moving to Denver we knew it was our chance to really make a home that was our own! We both really enjoy a challenge and wanted to push ourselves to see just what we could do.
How long have you been doing design? E-Design?
I came to this field in a roundabout way while I was getting my master’s degree in the history of decorative arts. At the time we had just bought our first home, and on a whim I began blogging about it. We didn’t have much money to spend, so a lot of it was things I made or bought on Craigslist. I soon realized that interior design now, rather than the history of it, was what I really felt passionate about and fortunately was soon after recruited by an e-design firm based in New York.
About a year ago, my husband and I decided to start our own business and since moving to Denver I’ve been fortunate to have amazing clients I can actually meet in person! Although I love the accessibility of e-design, it’s so rewarding to be able to physically experience a space come to life and to connect with clients personally.
What would you say your design style is a mix of?
This is one of the hardest questions I’m always asked; I think most people gravitate towards many different “styles” but there are overall principals of aesthetics that they’re naturally inclined to. If I had to choose I’d say mid-century modern with a touches of industrial and boho. I like warm, uncluttered, modern spaces that make me feel closer to nature–usually through lots of plants, wood tones, and simple or rustic touches. I want my own home to feel calm and relaxing, so I always prefer neutral palettes and subdued patterns.
What inspires you when designing or where do you draw inspirations from?
When I’m designing for a client I take my inspiration from them – the things they gravitate to, their existing home and furniture, their personality, their home life, etc. For my own home, I draw my inspiration from other designers, makers, photographers, etc. in the creative community. I love to see the beautiful things others are creating, and I believe looking at other spaces is the only way to truly discover your own tastes.