Name Anna Applegate
Occupation Interior decorator & mom
One piece of advice you’d give an aspiring entrepreneur Be true to yourself & listen to your gut.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year That it’s okay to say no sometimes.
Dream dinner party guests Michelle Obama & Theo Pinson
What do you bring with you everywhere you go? A tape measure & my paper calendar
Favorite cocktail margarita, no salt
Necessary extravagance/simple indulgence Great lamps / take-out dinner every Friday night
What did you bring back pretty seashells & an itch for summer
Favorite hotel St. Regis Punta Mita, Mexico
The farthest you have been from home Kenya
Style Icon(s) Barrie Benson (incredibly talented Charlotte-based interior designer)
Color I never tire of Green
Best concert you’ve ever been to Garth Brooks at the Dean Dome
Favorite song to dance to September by Earth, Wind & Fire
Indispensable design element great lighting fixtures
Song/album/station that always puts me in a great mood Sweet Caroline
What do you do first thing after you wake up Tip-toe downstairs so I don’t wake anyone else up and enjoy about 30 minutes of coffee & quiet time before the crazy morning routine commences.
Netflix obsession The Crown & old seasons of New Girl and Parks and Rec
What can you not stop thinking about my to-do list
Impromptu talent show – how do you win oh my gosh, I don’t, I’m hiding in the corner because I’m an introvert and talent shows are my nightmare.
Favorite restaurant Centro, Bella Monica, Tazza
What smell do you love gardenias; onions cooking in oil; salt air.
What surprises you about Raleigh The growth! I grew up here and I’m constantly amazed by how the city has evolved.
What’s really important to you right now faith and family, always.
What’s always in your refrigerator orange juice, milk, cheese & coffee creamer
Book you’re reading right now Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle
Favorite song right now My Burden with Me by Mipso
A book you’ve read more than once The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis; our boys love us to read these again and again.
How do you unwind pulling weeds in my yard
Favorite place to get coffee in Raleigh Yellow Dog
What would you save in a fire Portraits of my boys