When did you know what you wanted to do?
I’m still trying to figure that out! In hindsight, I think I am the only one who is really surprised at my career trajectory, and it was very obvious I had a strong creative and entrepreneurial streak. I am very passionate about design, and constantly evolving, finding new interests and opportunities to add to what I love doing.
What inspires you now?
I’m constantly inspired by nature. I love noticing the color variations on birds, butterflies, and in the landscapes. When people say a color combination won’t work, all you have to do is look at a sunset to prove otherwise! I draw my inspirations for 90% of my projects from what and where the home is, and try to work with the colors and hues that are most complimentary for that place.
What's something not many people know about you?
I’m much more of an introvert than extrovert, I’m very shy.
Do you have a favorite project that you've worked on?
The one that I had to work with the most difficult client - myself! It has to be my home in Atlanta, because it is very personal, beautifully decorated with layers from a lifetime of collecting, incredibly comfortable, and has the best layout of any home I’ve ever been in.
Any advice for someone looking to do what you’re doing?Whatever you want to do, just do it - there’s no better teacher than experience, and no better motivator than genuine passion. If you love what you do, you’ll never feel like you’re working and you’ll find a way to do it.
Artists you admire?Frida Kahlo & Helen Frankenthaler.
Favorite place you've been to?Almost always I’d say anywhere in France. There’s so many beautiful places and constant inspiration.
Where's the first place you want to go once we are traveling again?I’m looking forward to a book tour hopefully, and just going anywhere! I love going to new cities and revisiting favorites, and being able to connect with audiences in speaking engagements and book signings. It’s something I really miss.
What are some of your proudest accomplishments?After my three children, Emerson, Carlyle & Preston, the fact that I started my career in the throes of a bitter divorce leaving a very unhealthy relationship, survived and thrived. I have an interior design business, product licensing, clothing line, and launching my second book — “A Home For All Seasons - Gracious Living & Stylish Entertaining” published by Rizzoli. I look back sometimes in awe that I’m even still standing - and I feel very proud of what I have done.
What’s next for you?
I’ll be launching Danielle Rollins x Judith Ripka in 2021 and I’m very excited about it! It’s something I have been working on a long time. I am in talks for other collaborations, but I’m very patient about the time frame as I have always believed that things happen when they’re meant to happen. Timing is everything. I have a lot that I want to do.