People like Angela Hamwey of Mackenzie & Co. are exactly what The New Naples is all about: fresh ideas and a modern take on our sunny Gulfside paradise. Until recently, Mackenzie & Co., an award-winning interior design firm, has been based in Cape Cod, but they’ve recently opened their doors in Naples, too—and we’re so excited. Here, lead designer Angela shares the scoop on some of her favorite projects to date, the design trends she’s loving, and which celebrities she’d jump at the chance to work with.
Defining the Mackenzie & Co. aesthetic:
My personal design aesthetic is often not a feature in our designs—in creating Mackenzie & Co., it was my goal to offer a culture in which we design with our client as opposed to for them. As a team, our goal is to take a design journey with our clients, one in which they lead the way as to how they would like their space to function within their lifestyle, along with the style they are dreaming of for the space. We support this journey by navigating the challenges to ensure scale, proper floor planning and logistics. And the most important component is that we work very hard to bring exciting options forward throughout the journey that our clients may never have considered.
We take a page out of the wedding market’s book: something borrowed, something blue, something old and something new when creating beautiful spaces.
On the project she’s enjoyed the most:
That is a tough one. We have worked with the most amazing families who have invited us into some beautiful homes. Our Westwood, Mass., project stands out, as it involved a challenging second-floor renovation along with the opportunity to remove walls and recreate space. This was my first opportunity to showcase how Mackenzie & Co. could be integral in designing from concept to completion.
What she’s most excited for about launching in Southwest Florida:
I am so excited to have the opportunity to explore the possibilities of working and experiencing all that Southwest Florida is. In Naples, in particular, I have fallen in love with all the natural beauty, along with the juxtaposition of the old and the new.
You will find that there is always something old and or vintage in each Mackenzie & Co. design. We like to say that we take a page out of the wedding market’s book: something borrowed, something blue, something old and something new when creating beautiful spaces with our clients. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce all that Mackenzie & Co. has to offer to this amazing community.
Oh, and I am totally obsessed with the palm trees. 🙂
My reference point with anything design always begins with fashion.
One design trend she’s really loving now:
Cane, rattan, wicker, bamboo… I love something vintage in all of our designs. Bamboo accent chairs have my heart, and I am so excited to see natural textures popping up everywhere in easy, breezy lighting designs. Whether you are fully embracing your inner boho, or maybe you are feeling you would like a bit of handmade texture to create just the perfect blissful space, either way, this trend has something for everyone. You’ll definitely be seeing it in our fall design reveals.
Her proudest design accomplishment:
My proudest moments are when I receive photos from clients, even a year later, enjoying the spaces we have created together.
Her dream celebrity clients:
I have two! The Duke and Duchess of Sussex—I was born in the UK, and nothing would thrill me more than to design that new nursery.
The other is Jenna Lyons, former creative director for J.Crew. My reference point with anything design always begins with fashion—it is often my inspiration for interiors, and I can’t feel like a room is finished until I can equate it to an outfit. It’s about the textures and colors and how they come together. I can only imagine the thrill of working alongside her to create an interior.
Angela Hamwey is the lead designer at Mackenzie & Co., an award-winning interior design firm in Naples and Cape Cod with an emphasis on delivering beautiful spaces on budget and within a timely process. Angela and her team offer a range of customized options, from whole home to just one room. (It’s like bringing your Pinterest boards to life!) No matter which you choose, you’ll receive the same high level of service and attention to detail for a space that’s just right for you. Reach her at (508) 957-2544.
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