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Interior Designer Interview w/ Johnelle Mancha of Mignonne Decor

One of Oakland's design gems Mignonne Decor. This is a combined spot to purchase uniquely curated pieces, to revive furniture through upholstery, and to have high touch interior design services.

I had the opportunity to work there under the guidance of charismatic powerhouse, Johnelle Mancha, whose business has evolved beautifully throughout the years. Her love of design is inspirational and I'm so happy to share more about her journey here.

Were you always interested in design?

Ye​s! I have always been into art specifically, getting my hands dirty. I spent my childhood covered in paint etc.. Then when I opened the shop my love of vintage and design has grown over the past 11 years of being open. Having a brick and mortar has really allowed me to be part of the community I love, and is where I was able to meet clients that have invited me into their homes to expand my design work on larger scales than the shop!​

How would you define your design style?

My style i​s definitely eclectic, but grows & changes over the years as do I. I have a great appreciation for a variety of architecture, and my interior work is influenced often by the style of home I am working on. I believe any space can be elevated with something soulful, a splash of color, and contemporary notes to balance.

Who or what influences your work?

W​hat influences my work is primarily my travels. Since my mother lives in France, I love going to the Broccantes & French Flea Markets in the Dordogne region of France where she lives. Flea Marketing in Europe ​is so different than the states, because the items you can discover can often times be much older. SO when travelling, I am always on the hunt for textiles, and soaking in the trends and learning more about styles of decor abroad.

What's a must-have item you make sure your interior designs include?

I always must have beautiful & original art when I can. Even if it's something I paint on canvas fo