Our Holiday Tastemaker Spotlight series has allowed us the opportunity to introduce you to so many talented and creative individuals. And our introduction today is no exception. London-trained and Chicago-based interior designer Shelley Johnstone Paschke of Shelley Johnstone Designs is celebrated for her elegant European-inspired designs presented with a fresh modern-day twist. Her project portfolio spans the country as well as internationally in London!
A quick glance through her Instagram feed reveals Shelley’s exquisite and timeless taste played out in interiors that remain livable.
Shelley worked with Dogwood Hill artist Shanna Masters to create the beautiful holiday tastemaker collection pictured here. Shelley had a clear vision for her collection to include reindeer as well as an evergreen and pine cone garland. Shanna’s artwork turned out to perfectly complement the same level of elegance found in Shelley’s interiors. We think the finished product is so chic!
We have included our Q&A with Shelley as well as images of the rest of her tastemaker collection below. You can shop the full Shelley Johnstone Holiday Collection here.
Favorite Holiday Tradition:
Having the house filled with family, friends, good food and holiday cheer. And my mom’s famous grasshopper pie!
Dream Dinner Date:
A lovely dinner with my husband, Brett
Favorite Last Minute Holiday Gift Idea:
My homemade hot fudge sauce tied with a pretty chocolate brown satin ribbon
Most Memorable Read:
My mom gave me a copy of Jonathan Livingston’s Seagull, and it has always held a special place in my heart… also, Obstacle the Way by Ryan Holiday.
Favorite Hometown Eatery:
Market House on the Square
What Inspires you most?:
Most Sentimental Christmas Tree Memory:
A couple of years ago we were all decorating and Brett & I went upstairs because we were so tired, but we could hear giggling and laughter of our children downstairs.
Go-to Hostess Gift:
A beautiful candle or a coffee table book
I have a photographic memory… but only when it comes to design elements.
Almond Milk Hot Chocolate
What did you dream of being when you were a kid?:
A teacher… I did teach preschool before going into interior design.
What is your number one tool for the trade?:
My attention to bespoke details
Card Photography: Mary Margaret Smith Photography
Stock Image Card Photography: Lauren Bailey Photography