This article appears in the April issue of 400 Life.
Heather Zamonis hasn’t had much time to keep her home looking as sharp as she’d like. The Forsyth County resident has been too busy working on her clients’ spaces since starting her own interior design firm, Heather Elizabeth Designs, in 2011. Indeed, it’s been a full-time job and then some ever since to help clients with projects as small as color consultations up to major renovations.
Now, Zamonis is dreaming of doing even more. She recently rebranded her firm into Z & Co. Design Group and has visions of turning it, along with fellow designer Tyler Papp, into a home and lifestyle brand that could also sell home furnishings, add more designers, maybe even design and build custom homes from the ground up one day.
Zamonis talked with 400 Life magazine about her Italian upbringing, distaste for heavy metal music and what room she’s ready to transform in her own home.
How do you unwind from a hectic day?
“Definitely exercise. I’m at the gym most days after work, or even in the morning. I feel like I get a lot of my thinking out running in the morning. I have to exercise or I will go crazy. That’s a big stress-relief for me. I do like some yoga, but for the most part I like lifting weights.”
What’s one of your favorite vacation spots?
“Dominican Republic. That was really fun.”
How easy is it for you to unplug from your career during vacation?
“I do try to unplug and warn everybody that I’m going to be off the grid, because even the normal day to day it’s almost impossible to completely unplug, even at night. The creative process is always going in your head. That is definitely a challenge, especially running a business. But I try to take that time, because if I don’t, I’ll go crazy.
“When you go out of the country, usually I’m like, OK, I want to have the last day as a relaxation day. But I’m definitely the type of person that wants to do all the excursions, go explore the town. I don’t want to stay at the resort. I want to swim with dolphins or whatever. But I always take the last day for relaxation, that way I don’t feel like I need a vacation from the vacation.”
Do you have any pets?
“I have a 2-year-old golden retriever and 10-year-old Beagle. Pippa is the golden retriever, and Huck is the beagle.”
How’d you come up with the name Pippa?
“I think on Instagram I came across a dog named Pippa, and I just thought that was cute. She is a wild dog.”
What’s your favorite cuisine?
“Italian. I am Italian.”
Do you have a favorite Italian restaurant?
“My mom’s house. Her sauce that she makes. She makes stuffed shells, chicken parmesan. Mom’s cooking is the best.”
What’s your favorite music?
“Love music of all kinds. Definitely not heavy metal, but I always have some kind of music on in the background. It’s a lot of hip hop and pop music, up-beat stuff.
“I listen to a lot of podcasts. I drive all the time all the time for work. Joe Rogan’s podcast I listen to a lot, and all those murder-mystery ones. They’re so good. Like Serial. There’s this new one I just listened to called, Over My Dead Body.
Do you have time to design your own home?
“To be honest, up until recently, I spent the least amount of time on my house. I just started doing some renovations on my own house. We just did a guest bathroom. We just redid our staircase to have more of a craftsman style with iron spindles. And then we’re about to do the kitchen. I’ve lived there for 10, 11 years, so it’s time to update.”