The Language of Design: Sharon Hocking Interiors

Q: What is a common design mistake you have observed?

A: One of the more common mistakes I see homeowners make is getting the scale wrong with art on their walls—and feeling that every wall must have something on it. Blank space is good; it lets our eyes rest and allows the focal wall to be the focus.

Q: Please share a memorable project you have worked on.

A: Just outside of Portland, in my hometown of Corbett, a nice young couple had moved out of the city and wanted a more peaceful home near the Columbia River. The house had had a recent upgrade of surfaces and needed functional and comfortable furnishings and layers. It also lacked texture and architectural interest. So, we installed built-in bookcases and shiplap and lots of white trim that now looks as if it is original to the old home. It was a great compliment to see the homeowners’ excitement when we revealed the completed rooms.

Q: What is currently inspiring you?

A: Botanicals! I love them for their historical quality, accuracy, color, composition, and variety. Depending on how they are framed and displayed, they can look good in a traditional setting or a more contemporary one. And you can always find botanicals with local floral and fauna that have relevance for the area where the client lives so the art has a connection to place.

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  1. Oh my big sister.! Thank you for the compliments. Although nothing is as savvy as you in the seventies with your blue and white bedroom with quilts and lace. Your style and kindness have endured the trends and those are truly admirable qualities!!


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