Kelly Hoppen and Preston Lee play a big part in Karina “Honey” Cortez’s design approach. She further reinforces these influences with anything that passes her way – a new designer chair, a favorite outfit, or even a piece of art. Honey believes that the smart use of texture can produce so many different effects and dreams of one day designing a quaint boutique hotel. According to her, homeowners should find inspiration in themselves, as this dictates the identity of the space once it is finished. “Study your space and find its strong and weak characteristics”, she says, “Utilize natural lighting to save energy and bring in a taste of the outdoors when using fenestrations and doors.”

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