Hannah Ozburn began her design career studying under Steven Gambrel in New York City, at his acclaimed S.R. Gambrel interior design firm. For six years, Hannah supported his vision and assisted in the design of 20+ residential projects along the East Coast and abroad. In 2013, Hannah and her husband, Marc, left New York City to settle in Charlotte, NC. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Hannah was excited to join the emerging design evolution of the New South, cultivating an aesthetic that combines the quality of high-end design with the style and traditions of her southern heritage.
Capture Hannah’s classic and feminine design sense with her personally consigned pieces on Sotheby’s Home.
How did you discover your passion for design?
My mom was a designer, so I have grown up around design. I always loved playing with textiles and being a part of the creative process.
What is your favorite decorative object at home?
Definitely something my kids have made for me.
Can you pick your favorite items you are consigning and tell a little bit about what makes them special?
I love the claw feet detail on the custom stools from BK Antiques.
Is design an art or a science?
Both. There are many design elements to keep in balance to create an aesthetically pleasing space.
Do you have any go-to color or pattern combinations?
I tend to use a lot of color in my projects, so I don’t necessarily have a particular color combination I use more often than others. I love a leopard print, and feel that it reads very neutral.
When do you consider a completed project a success?
When the clients feel at home in the space.
Share your biggest design secret.
Measure, measure, measure as proportion and scale is so important.
What is the most common design mistake you see?
Trying to include too many trends all at once. It’s all about the mix.
How do you balance style, comfort and functionality?
I feel that a space can be stylish while being practical and functional. Most of my clients have young children, so this is always a top priority. I tend to use a lot of durable and “kid-friendly” fabrics and materials without compromising style.
Is there a specific item you typically use as a starting point? (ex: rug, artwork, statement piece, furniture)
I love using a beautiful piece of art as a starting point.
What do you think about Sotheby’s Home?
I love Sotheby’s Home and think it’s a great place to find beautiful pieces at a discounted price.