Maker Monday: An ASPIRE Exclusive Interview With Christina Fluegge

Christina Fluegge is a woman who can do it all. From her infamous lifestyle blog and interior design (both found through greige design + interiors), all the way to her designing textiles for home furnishings; you name it and Christina can do it! Inspired by her California roots, Christina borrows influence from the coastal environment to create pieces that reflect serenity and ease. Greige design offers countless services to ensure that same sense of serenity and ease when creating spaces in your home. Greige design has been proudly featured on major publications such as Better Homes & Garden and now offers textiles to the trade for any upholstery. Introducing this week’s Maker Monday, Christina Fluegge of greige design + interiors.

Motivated by her garden flowers and greenery, Christina’s hand drawn works bring nature to your home through her beautiful textiles.

Andrew Joseph: How would you describe your personal style?
Christina Fluegge: I am a jeans and cute top kind of girl, so I feel like that spills over into my design as well. I love a good solid base mixed with a fun print and some color. Something comfortable that still gives a little bit of personality.

Andrew: What is something you hope to see trending in design in the future?
Christina: I love seeing a good mix of styles – I hope that we can start mixing in more vintage and color back into the California style.

From wall art, lighting, and furniture, Greige Design offers countless options to decorate your home with a unique and effortless style.

Andrew: What’s inspiring you in life (in the industry) right now?
Christina: Right now I am completely in love with the English county style with a touch of modern thrown in. I have heard of it referred to as granny chic – it hits all the right notes for me – beautiful simple fabrics-linens, prints and cottons, comfortable vintage upholstery, modern lighting and wallpaper. I love Heidi Caillier Design and Jean Stoffer, their designs are such a great example of this fun trend. I am working on a new collection for 2021 and I have been inspired so much by it.

Andrew: Are you a pet person? Why either way? Dogs or cats?
Christina: I am an animal lover through and through! Dogs and cats, we’ve had all kinds of pets over the years. Currently we have two Frenchies, a tortoise, a snake and two frogs. They keep my life so interesting and full of love and laughter. You wouldn’t believe how much mischief a tortoise can get into, from hiding for days at a time and then sneaking back into the house, clearly demonstrating that he prefers my son and daughter over me, and showing us he’s a lettuce snob – organic only, please. He is full of personality!

Nestled on this leather woven chair is the Can-Can Pillow by Greige Design. The beauty of this pillow is not only the detailed craftsmanship but also that it’s completely made in the USA.

Andrew: What are some of the podcasts you listen to and why?
Christina: Recently I have been listening to design business podcasts- More Than One Thing, Business of Home, Design Biz Survival Guide. It’s been a minute since we have been able to go to trade shows and see new things, attend the panels and lectures. So hearing from people in the industry keeps it all going even when I can’t connect with others the way that I like to in person. Podcasts really make you feel like you’re sitting in on fascinating conversations. It’s inspiring to hear about how people have become successful, what got them where they are and what they are doing to keep moving forward creatively and in their business.

The market basket set next to the door is very durable and can hold all of your shopping and on-the-go needs. Known as the Capri woven shoulder bag, it is completely handmade of palm leaves, apart from its leather straps.

Andrew: How would you define your work in three words.
Christina: Livable, Timeless, Welcoming.

About The Maker | Christina Fluegge is a self-taught textile designer known for her hand-printed textile line. After almost 20 years as a successful interior designer based in Southern California and curator of a distinctive on- line marketplace, greige design + interiors, Christina established her gorgeous boutique textile line in 2017.

greige textiles was born out of an interior designer’s affinity for mixing texture and patterns and inspired by her extensive travel. Each design begins as a hand-drawn image that is then scaled into a pattern and finally printed by artisan craftsmen in San Francisco, California. This micro batch textile line is hand-printed on only the finest Belgian linen.

Christina’s work has been featured in publications like House Beautiful, Apartment Therapy, Better Homes & Gardens, Style Me Pretty, Boston Home, and Domino. She has also been a guest speaker on a variety panels and podcasts, most recently Design Biz Survival Guide. Christina lives in Orange County, California with her husband, two teenage children, two Frenchies, a tortoise, a snake and two frogs.

Andrew Joseph is a regular contributing editor for ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine. See more of his work here.

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