The Influencer: Janelle Blakely Photopoulos

Owner & Principal Designer of Blakely Interior Design


I would describe my personal style as classic with an edge. I feel the most ‘me’ when I’m wearing vibrant colors – whether it’s a bold shirt, bright earrings, or a poppy lip.

I’m exposed to so many amazing fabrics and patterns that I like to take a little bit of that and infuse it into my wardrobe. I dress pretty consistent with the style and color palette of my design work. I’m a believer in creating spaces that are unique to us as individuals, and I also believe what we wear should be unique and tell a story about who we are. I always like to feel polished, more often than not.

In the colder months, I love my Trina Turk bright pink wrap coat. I have a pair of simple Banana Republic shoes in a blue-and-white check pattern that are so fun and my Rag & Bone black leather pants are a go-to for a night out. I cannot live without my Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick. It was a game changer for someone who doesn’t slow down to reapply throughout the day! I have six different colors.

At the firm [Blakely Interior Design], we have an exceptional ability to work with color in a way that is both uplifting and tasteful. Also, having a business background, my firm is run on solid processes that allow our projects to run smoothly in a way that clients know exactly what to expect.

Most of our Rhode Island projects are designed with a ‘nod to coastal.’ We aim to put a unique spin on coastal design, infusing elements of color and pattern, while using some elements such as natural fibers and keeping spaces light and airy.

If you are looking for a designer, review their prior work and make sure their design aesthetic resonates with you. I’d also make sure they are up front with what the design investment looks like and to manage expectations on what you’ll receive and when

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