Hattie Sparks Collins’s background in art history and fashion have informed her approach to interior design with a refined understanding of color and space. And having lived around the country—Texas, Colorado, and now New Orleans, for over a decade—she can access a rich set of aesthetic influences that guide her vibrant, richly detailed work.

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Hattie Sparks Collins. Photo: Laura Steffan.

What made you passionate about interior design? How’d you get your start in the field? 

I got my Master’s in art history and studied a good bit of architectural history, as well as the history of decorative arts, which I always found so interesting. I owned retail shops for years where we carried home decor and art, and I began helping clients style pieces they’d buy with me in their homes. Smaller projects kept popping up, and when I sold my retail businesses, it felt like a very natural next step to pivot into interior decorating. 

What do you find most compelling about Chairish? 

The curated collections that make it very easy to shop a specific style or look, and the variety! I can find just about anything from smaller decorative objects to large statement furniture pieces. 

Photo: Alison Gootee

How does sustainability factor into your design choices and love of vintage? 

I love utilizing vintage in projects to give a space personality and patina, and I’m always happy to give a fantastic piece a second life. Shopping vintage is such an easy way to practice sustainability!

What are three of your favorite pieces on Chairish now?

I love this pair of 1879 Louis XV table lamps from Royal Delft; this Thibaut grasscloth-wrapped coffee table; and this geometric marquetry secretary.

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Photo: Laura Steffan

Do you have any go-to color palettes and color combos? 

Lots of blues—I especially love light blue with a dark evergreen, and blue paired with yellow. Green is my favorite color to design with, and I think it can act as a neutral in many situations. I love it paired with rust, terracotta, pink, yellow, and blue. 

What advice do you have for first-time clients about making their spaces truly personal? 

Take your time and trust your instincts. Great houses do not come together overnight—the interesting layers take time to accumulate. 

Lead image: Design: Hattie Sparks Collins. Photo: Jacqueline Marque.


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August 14, 2023

Dennis Sarlo is the executive editor of Chairish and a lover of all things design-related. Prior to joining the team, he served as the executive editor of Dering Hall and was the first site director of Architectural Digest. He was also part of the founding team of travel startup Jetsetter. He lives in New York.