The thing that I adore most about Sean’s design aesthetic is that it is so true to who he is — full of stories and fit with unexpected surprises. I can always spot the work of Sean Anderson without losing sight of the life which inspired the space. His ability to harness the essence of his clients and understanding of The New Southern as a moment where everyone has a place makes me proud to champion him, not only as a beloved friend but as a creative force, too!
Alyssa Rosenheck: Tell us about yourself...
Sean Anderson: I grew up in a small town in Mississippi with an incredibly tight knit family (who, to this day, are my very favorite people!). My mother was the type of person who always encouraged my siblings and I to do OUR best, not BE the best...there’s a huge difference in the two! Knowing that any type of corporate job would never work for me, I spent several years doing this and that, trying to find MY PATH. You name it, I’ve done it. I’ve bussed tables as a waiter, scrubbed toilets as a janitor, the list goes on and on...It wasn’t until my early thirties that I began discovering, after doing several design projects at my own home, that I had a certain way of viewing things differently and how people responded to it. My career path grew from a small group of loyal friends and word of mouth. Here we are today, some 5-6 years later, and I couldn’t be more happy with where I currently find myself. Not to say the path was always easy!
Self-doubt has a profound way of creeping in and making its presence known. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned the past few years is to listen to that little inner voice, to trust my own intuition. Once I was able to let go of the confines of worrying about not having all the answers, of realizing there would always be lessons to learn with each new job, that mistakes are indeed stepping stones — I found a freedom that now allows me to be unafraid of taking on a challenge, that doing MY best is always the right path.