Interview with Instagram Wonder: Lumen Tran of Lumenous Life
We pride ourselves here at Tastefully Inspired on bringing the best in interior design and the hottest designer interviews to you. We also love finding hidden gems that the interior design world needs to know about. So, I am excited to have Lumen Tran of lumenous.life Instagram fame with me here today.
I found her profile on Instagram and watched her followers literally growing before my very eyes, so I had to find out who was behind this amazing feed! Over the last several weeks, I’ve gotten the chance to get to know Lumen and can’t say enough about her- her kind soul and her amazing talent.
How did you start in interior design?
I got my BFA in ID at The Academy of Art in San Francisco. The plan was to go into business with my dad flipping houses, who is a general contractor. That unfortunately didn’t happen! My parents wound up moving out of state to open up their own business and I got a job with an architectural firm doing commercial work, which didn’t suit me. I moved to LA after a couple years to work in fashion design and worked for several large companies such as Johnny Was, BCBG and Joie.
Fashion is all about forecasting and seeing trends develop. What made me very successful as a creative director in fashion was that I could reference many areas of design: fashion, interiors, architecture, art, and graphics and see parallels happening and how one area would influence the other.
I eventually found my way back to interiors after I left the corporate world of fashion. The constant long hours of work and cyclical trends made me crave creating my own sanctuary and calm space, so it brought me back to interiors.
What would you call yourself?
I’m a designer and interior stylist. I also still work as a stylist on fashion shoots. People often think it’s just models and clothes, but they don’t realize that it’s also interiors and working on location! So when you are working as a stylist in one medium, there’s often crossover into another area.
What led you to the style you specialize in on Instagram?
Just like my personal style has changed a lot, my interiors style has also changed. I used to be into vintage industrial furnishings and I utilized bright, warm colors – red, butter yellow, and turquoise to accent otherwise very masculine pieces. When my marriage ended, I went for a complete change and my aesthetic morphed into a very minimalistic approach to interiors. I wanted just a few furnishings and no clutter whatsoever – all white or neutral tones and very clean lines. It was all about having a fresh start, so to speak!
That minimalistic approach evolved when I started to add textures such as fringe, feathers, and fur to lend more of a tactile sensibility. I didn’t realize at the time that there was such a thing as “Scandi-boho” in interior decor. I love tribal/ethnic pieces, too; whether it’s a piece that holds cultural significance such as a Moroccan handira; or a utilitarian item, such as an Indian chakki or a Cameroon ceremonial headdress.
It’s a lot of fun to have pieces in my home that I know have been made by hand and exude textural richness.
What did you find helped your IG grow the most?
My content as well as having my own take on what I like. I like boho, coastal, and tribal decor. My aesthetic doesn’t totally fit into the American bohemian style or the true Scandi-boho style, nor is it coastal or tribal. I try to mix things up in my own way. I think it’s so much fun to get versatile with your interior. It’s also helpful to have pieces that you can style in different ways.
What do you love to do?
I love hiking, biking on the beach, yoga, trying new restaurants, hosting dinner parties, and discovering new shops or makers.
Are you working on any upcoming projects you’d like to talk about?
I’m working on designing my own cushions & throws that I’m aiming to carry by Summer 2018. I’ll be selling them in my shop which is also something I’m working on and will be up and running in a month. It will be a curated shop specializing in goods that I love.
I’m also developing The Socialyzer, @thesocialyzer on Instagram. It’s a community-driven channel with several key elements: it has weekday engagement drops at 3pm EST for feeds to engage with one another and gain exposure. We’ll be providing social media tips and we’ll also be providing a “directory” of sorts for people to find businesses, services, shops, professionals, etc. We want to grow our community, as there’s not a true interior design community on IG currently. We hope to change that!
Thank you, Lumen for sharing with us. We wish you the very best and look forward to good things coming from Lumenous Life!