Photographed by Amy Bartlam.
Easy Approach
“We really didn’t touch the home in terms of renovations,” says the designer. “Pierce took me along during the house-hunting process, so that really helped in choosing something that wouldn’t need much work and he could move into quickly.”

“If you’re going to hire a designer, I highly recommend hiring before you purchase the house! People often wait too long and then are disappointed when the project takes longer than they’d hope,” Pickens notes. “Furniture takes forever… the dreaded phrase you can’t avoid is ‘eight to ten weeks.’”