Tamu Green is the founder of the New York based residential design firm, Lux Pad Interiors. After spending several years lending her design talents to one of Atlanta’s most popular interior design firms, she returned to her hometown of Brooklyn to create a space all her own. With a highbrow design aesthetic that shifts effortlessly through various styles, Tamu creates luxurious interiors for everyday life. Her creativity and love of color allows her to interpret diverse clients visions authentically. Find out more about Tamu’s evolution as a designer in her interview below.
At what age did you realize that you wanted to be an interior designer?
I created my first space plan in a shoe box with strategically arranged Barbie furniture (It was a humble exterior but pretty cozy inside). Despite my love for small plastic furniture, I didn’t consider interior design as a profession until I was 20 and undecided at Georgia Southern University. When it was time to choose my career, interior design was a no brainer. This was during the recession and the design industry was struggling but is still felt right. I also just so happen to be at one of only two public universities in Georgia with a CIDA accredited Interior Design program. I graduated 2 years later having earned a Bachelors of Science in Interior Design and minor in Business. The rest is history.
What places do you visit to feel inspired?
I try to allow inspiration to flow through me wherever I go but I don’t go to any particular place to feel inspired. There are times I’ll go somewhere and will be inspired to an idea. But more often, Inspiration comes months later and I’m not even correlating the idea to that experience. Inspiration happens incrementally for me. It can come from places that don’t look particularly significant or inspirational at the time so I try to be open to seeing beauty and function everywhere I go.
If you had to design a bedroom with only 4 items, what would they be? Why?
A rug, drapery panels, statement light fixture, and a bed. The rug and drapery panels to keep it warm and cozy, the statement light fixture to add presence and drama, and a big beautiful bed to ground the room, create a focal point, and of course, sleep in.
What’s your favorite part of the design process?
I love selecting textiles for my design projects. Walking into a design center with a general idea and finding the perfect colors, patterns, and textures come together to flesh out that vision is so much fun.The textile selection part of the design process mimics the design process was a whole, but with more instant gratification.
Tell us something that most people don’t know about you.
I’m a self-help, law of attraction, Deepak Chopra loving, Abraham Hick listening, Kemet discussing, deliberately manifesting, “new-age” nerd. There! It’s out, lol! I’m useless in a discussion of the current shenanigans happening in America, but if you want to talk about being an infinite being having a finite experience. . . I’m your girl!