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Late last year, interior designer Victoria Hagan released her second book, Dream Spaces, with Rizzoli. It focuses on the second and third homes Hagan has designed over the course of her 25-year career. From a Nantucket beach house to a ranch out West, Hagan’s exquisite taste for creating timeless spaces that reflect the personalities of her clients shines throughout tome’s 240 pages.
Whitewall caught up with Hagan this month—a perfect time to be fantasizing about sunnier retreats—to learn about the importance of an open mind and the magic of a thoughtful art collection,
WHITEWALL: Your new book, Dream Spaces focuses on second and third homes. What kind of freedom do those projects give you as a designer, given that they can be such personal and special projects?
VICTORIA HAGAN: I often say I design primary residences for the way my clients live, and second and third homes for the way they dream. The freedom to create a home where people come to relax offers endless possibilities.
WW: Could you share a couple of your favorite spaces you’ve designed, featured in the book?
VH: I’m partial to both the mountains and the sea—open spaces looking towards nature are the best. But in the end, projects are like family—you can’t pick favorites.
WW: What do you say to a client who is hesitant to bring in more color, a statement piece, or mix patterns?
VH: My clients are typically open to new ideas. They love exploration through the design process. Ultimately we always get to the same place. Design is a collaboration built on trust.
WW: How do you like to incorporate art into your designs?
VH: Art brings magic to a project. There’s nothing more transformative than a thoughtful collection. I encourage my clients to collect what they love and live with their art in meaningful and unexpected ways.
WW: What is your top design must-have?
VH: An open mind.
WW: What personal object in your home best represents your taste and style?
VH: I think it’s more the sum of the parts than any one particular piece. It’s how everything works together to create harmony. How they relate to one another. I’m always searching for balance.
WW: What’s a space you’ve visited recently that you’re still thinking about?
VH: I was recently at one of the old king’s palaces in Marrakech. I was struck by the interior gardens and the quality of light. There was such a sense of history and tradition, but with a seemingly modern sensibility to it, even though it was centuries old. I love when old things appear timeless.
WW: How do you unwind after a long day at the office?
VH: I’m a news junkie. After a long day at work it’s nice to get back to the real world!
WW: How would you describe your dream space?
VH: For me a dream space is one with a spectacular view where I can relax with my children and husband. That’s pure bliss. In the end, it’s not about the decorating!