Founding partners of Oomph furniture, Amy Rice and Louise Brooks bring a lot of color and a little bit of oomph into every piece of furniture they design. The idea was born after a long beach walk together in the Bahamas (after a few too many Goombays) and the rest was history. Both are described as creative, cheerful, and determined, and their dream days consist of spending time with their grandchildren.
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What does your power outfit consist of?
AR: The Italian designers! Anything Armani or Max Mara, and Akris (not Italian) are daytime power. Evening – Always a Caftan, usually custom or ODLR. I would always rather be overdressed – but that’s part of my super power.
LB: Black Pants – Always. I am constantly on job sites and transitioning from indoors to outdoors from minute to minute, so I love a great Cape. I’ve found amazing Capes for every season – they are always chic and have so many variables to make a statement with Black Pants – Fur collar, belted, leather trim, high collar, etc.
When was the last time you sent a hand-written note?
AR: Almost every week! There is no substitute for a hand-written note, event if it’s just a line or two. You don’t need fancy stationery. I could wax poetic about the value of a hand written note.
LB: Yesterday I sent out three! It’s wedding season and I was just a guest at a few. When in doubt, write a note. If you are not in the habit of writing notes – you’ll be incredibly surprised by how meaningful it is to the recipient.
What’s your favorite interior design trend?
LB: The amazing use of color in unexpected ways. Not just in wallpaper and furniture – which we of course love and create for our own clients, but in natural materials such as granite and marble.
Who is your favorite old Hollywood movie star?
AR: Katherine Hepburn for all the obvious reasons (the style, the movies, the comedy!). But also for her confidence and quick wit – there is also an amazing Brownie recipe of hers floating around the internet!
What’s one song you know all the lyrics to?
LB: I’m grandmother to several toddlers – so right now – A, B, C, D . . . . Baby Shark i know pretty well too, doo doo.
What’s your favorite type of flower?
LB: Peony; the scent, of course, is an all time favorite – but from bud to bursting, the dramatic bouquet is my early summer favorite.
One thing you need whenever you are entertaining guests?
LB: Great music will set the tone for the evening – from a wedding to a small dinner party. My husband tends to do the cooking, so I can focus on setting the scene with a great playlist and table setting.
AR: Plenty of Ice! I like smaller gatherings, so having a comfortable place for everyone to sit comfortably is most important.
What is your secret pleasure Instagram account to follow?
LB: Paloma Contreras!
AR: Sotheby’s Jewelry!