When interior designer Morgan Krahn is not drinking many cups of coffee or joking around with coworkers in our Vancouver office, she is working on a variety of projects across multiple sectors and scales. We took a coffee break with her to hear all about the constant search for the latest café, dinner parties, and DIY projects.
When did you realize you wanted to work in interior design? Coming from a family background in construction and for as long as I can remember, I’ve loved everything about design. I realized halfway through pursuing a business degree, I wanted to merge my interests and talents. Interior design provides the opportunity to apply my pragmatic and creative skills to solve problems.
How does living in Vancouver inspire you? While I live in the suburbs, most of my free time is spent enjoying the vast selection of cafés and restaurants in downtown Vancouver. As I search for the next best coffee shop, I am constantly met with the realization of how much our city has to offer.
Coffee or tea? Hands down coffee.
If you could design for a fictional character, who would it be? Jim and Pam from The Office.
Favorite tool of the trade? A cup of coffee. I can never have too much.
Are you reading a book you just can’t put down? I’m currently reading The Road Back to You about Enneagram personality types. The psychology behind personality and human behavior is fascinating.
Do you have any hobbies outside of the office? I’m always dreaming up new DIY projects for my home. My love for hosting dinner parties and entertaining is motivation to complete projects in a timely manner. I recently finished a desk that we used as a table just in time for Thanksgiving dinner. We were able to comfortably seat eight people. Currently, I have a neon sign and pendant light in development.
What is the best advice you have ever received? My dad has always told me, “It is good to be detail-oriented, but it’s important to realize that sometimes seeing the big picture helps you focus too.”