On cold, rainy days, my girls and I sit at the dining table and paint beach scenes. There’s something about watercolor specifically that has a summery feel to it. I did the same thing for my fabric designs; every motif was first a watercolor. Living and working in Florida, I design a lot of beach houses, and almost all our clients want their homes to look and feel like vacation year-round. Fabrics or accents in the colors of the Gulf of Mexico—that gorgeous emerald and jadeite green—and watercolor patterns do just that. Also, I’m not afraid to make a pineapple mojito in the dead of winter if I need to.
Erika Powell is the owner of Urban Grace Interiors and the designer of a new line, Erika M. Powell Textiles, out this month. She lives in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.