Peachy the Magazine October November 2014 - Page 60

On the Go with Danielle Rollins Are their certain childhood experiences or people that have influenced you? I was born with the design gene, and I was that odd little child who soaked up visual inspirations from all sources like a sponge. I spent hours daydreaming, used my allowance to buy beautiful things and was constantly creating. My parents were (and still are) very supportive and gave me free rein, as both appreciate my flair, but neither have it. They would walk through rooms and say, “Oh, I like what you have done this week,” when I had repainted the entire room and reupholstered all the furniture using sheets. My mom encouraged my experimentation in the kitchen and 58 PEACHYTHEMAGAZINE.COM tolerated being redressed head-to-toe to go to the grocery store. I attended Catholic schools which are not exactly the aesthetic center of the universe, but I sometimes think that lack of any design stimulated my ability to see the what if and possibility of a room now. My grandmother was a big influence on me in my early years, and to this day when I feel elegantly attired or particularly glam, I think of her. Did you cook or entertain with your mother or grandmother? My grandmother owned Bob White’s Bar-B-Que, one of those old Dallas fixtures, and I thought going there