By Tomboy KC | Photography by Danielle Sabol
Moll Anderson is easily one of the most inspiring women we’ve ever met – and we’ve met a lot. The interior design and lifestyle expert is the very definition of a self-made woman, and we love that about her. On the heels of the release of her fifth book(!), Change Your Home, Change Your Life With Color: What’s Your Color Story, we met up with the author to celebrate her achievements and chat about color and how it can not only transform a room, but also your mood, your family, and even your well-being.
TKC: Congratulations on your fifth book! That alone is a huge accomplishment. What made you choose color as the topic for this particular title?
MA: Color chose me! I had long wondered why I had such aversion to color through most of my life. Since the time I was a small child, the energy of color had shifted to not be of any importance to me. I avoided it! It served me though as all of our life experiences, I actually built a very successful design business based on what I called “Seductive Interiors.” They were dark, cozy and very welcoming, but I designed in all dark tones. They were fabulous.
When at the age of 45 I started feeling desire for color, it was a slow process and the happier I became in myself—my desire for color grew. I was shocked but the feeling was really remarkable and honestly, quite euphoric. Something was shifting. Little did I know that the past and the pain from some childhood trauma I was still holding on to needed to finally be let go and soon after I was living in gratefulness and joy and “living in color” with my husband Charlie.
TKC: Did you consider calling the book anything else? How did you arrive at the name?
MA: I wanted to get back to the brand that was my calling, my true passion and that was, “Change Your Home, Change Your Life with Color; What’s Your Color Story?” I had a few different subtitles during the process, but landed on What’s Your Color Story? to bring forth the idea that it is your personal connection to color that will make a difference in your life and home. I love what Carl Lentz, Joel Olsteen, TD Jakes and Tony Robbins do for us, they remind us of what’s important—How to find and harness the power within and get us centered in God.
TKC: Do you have a favorite color? What is Moll Anderson’s Color story?
MA: Well, you have to read the book for that story, but my signature color is black, but now it’s always with a “pop of color.” Black is and always will be a very protective and powerful color. It is known to be, “the gateway to change” which is so fitting for someone who was running from pain and needing to feel safe but also wanting to change her life.
TKC: It’s clear that you have excellent taste and personal style. You could have applied your creative talents to just about anything, so why interiors?
MA: Trust me, I did until I was forty years old. I just grew up thinking that everyone could do anything and that you just did it. I never thought of becoming a professional let alone going to school for it. I now have a mentoring program with the University of Tennessee just for that reason. I want single mothers to have the ability to go to college and get a degree. I knew that even though I wasn’t able to attend college, I could give that to some amazing young women who are moms.
Don’t get me wrong there are those of us with emotional intelligence that are not meant to go to school. I embrace that. We are all unique and special. We are not defined by convention. We’re not bucking the system we are embracing our situations and our path that God meant for us.
TKC: How would you describe your personal style?
MA: I think that Charlie and I live a pretty amazing life. Our favorite place is always home and relaxed with our pups, Winston and Harlow, who are Cavalier King Charles spaniels. So we are either in jeans, business attire or my favorite —dressed to the nines. I love going from jeans to couture!
TKC: Day to day, what are you wearing? Do you have a work uniform of sorts?
MA: My uniform of sorts is work out clothes; I am always looking for the perfect set of sweats. I love dresses right now —feminine, floral, ruffles and boho chic. But I also love to rock a gown—call me silly but I still love to dress up!
TKC: Is there a particular designer or look that you tend to favor?
MA: I’m in love with Gucci again and Brandon Maxwell and Sheryl Lowe, Spinelli Kilcollin and Sue Gragg jewelry — and for my work wardrobe, I love Victoria Beckham.
TKC: On the flipside, are there any trends that you absolutely loathe?
MA: I am not a fan of pleats, pleated pants or pleated skirts—no one needs that much fabric.
TKC: If you could only buy one item this Summer, what would it be?
MA: Tequila! Casa Dragones.
TKC: What is one item for your home that is safe to buy on a budget?
MA: A fabulous sleek sofa with great lines.
TKC: One worth splurging on?
MA: Splurge on a sofa by Shine by Sho— beautiful traditional sofas with a twist of whimsy and an edge.
TKC: Name one beauty product you couldn’t live without.
MA: Tachi – Radiance.
TKC: What is the last song you had playing on your iPod/iPhone?
MA: The soundtrack from the first Fifty Shades of Grey.
TKC: What’s your ringtone?
MA: The ringtone I use is called Opening; it’s the one that came with the phone. Otherwise, I would choose, This Girl is on Fire, by Alicia Keys.
TKC: Coffee or tea?
MA: Do I have to choose? I switch to tea in the afternoon.
TKC: Mascara or Eyeliner?
MA: Again, do I have to choose? I switch to eyeliner in the afternoon.
TKC: Instagram or twitter?
MA: WOW, I believe it’s all important but ok, Instagram because it is so visual!
TKC: In high school you would have been voted most likely to…
MA: I left a year early and went to night school to finish my last three credits because girls then were not how they are today. We live in a time where women are pro women. Women now believe that we are to be supportive of each other and cheer each other on. For the first time in my life, I have amazing women who truly love and support me and are happy for any success, and I feel exactly the same in return. It’s such an amazingly beautiful time to feel this kind of love and support.
We are all unique and special. We are not defined by convention. We’re not bucking the system we are embracing our situations and our path that God meant for us.
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