This week's Q + A is with Hannah Sloan, Unscripted rockstar since July 2022 and Social Media Coordinator at our Colorado HQ. Hannah's mind is curious and creative (and always wide open), and her positive energy is absolutely radiant. We're so grateful to have her talents on our team... and we couldn't wait to sit down with her to chat more about her perspective on design, life, and of course, being a good human.
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Q: Tell us about your role in the company.
A: My role at Unscripted covers a lot of creative avenues, but my main task is to manage our brand presence on all social media channels and develop campaigns to widen the demographic of our audience. Whether tracking design trends or touring homes for inspiration, I get to bring a lot of my creative ideas to the table which is super fun!
Q: What does being a good human mean to you?
A: I think being a good human means recognizing that we are flawed individuals, and we act out of emotion when we are hurt. If we have a little bit more grace for humanity, I think the world would be a lot kinder.
"You never know someone’s circumstances, so always lead with empathy and understanding and always be willing to reflect on how you can do better on this Earth."
Q: What led you to the Interior Design industry?
A: I’ve always had a fascination for design ever since I was a kid, and I think my love for architecture and interiors sparked from visits to my mom’s childhood home. My Oma and Opa live in a beautiful midcentury home with exposed wood everywhere and big windows overlooking the forest. It’s filled with antique oddities and vintage furnishings, and it encapsulates the life lived of my family, every object has a purpose and a story.
It's because of these moments growing up that I became entranced by interior design and making the spaces I occupy feel sacred to my personal identity, and even though I myself am not an interior designer, working in the industry feeds the curious artist in me.
Q: How does working for an Interior Design studio influence your personal life?
A: I love vintage things, especially midcentury Italian furniture and spend a lot of my free time shopping in curated stores and antique shops or searching the depths of the internet for rare finds to bring some soul into my home. Whenever I move into a new place I get so excited to begin decorating, it's truly an art.
Q: How have you evolved since working at Unscripted?
A: I didn’t know much about the Interior Design industry before starting this job, but it has been such a rewarding and eye-opening experience to work with the different studios and learn their design processes. I love getting to watch projects come alive from start to finish, and without working in the industry I would have never had a clue about all the different working elements that go into designing a home.
Q: Outside of work, what are some of your passions or favorite hobbies?
A: I’m one of those people who is always doing something, and I really enjoy my alone time, so I tend to pick up lots of hobbies.
I love being creative and connecting with the outdoors, and since moving to Denver I’ve really had the chance to connect with this side of myself. Be it joining a ceramic studio, starting a garden, or going on hikes in the mountains, I always try to make time to live my life the way I’ve always dreamed of.
Q: What inspires you? Or where do you find inspiration?
A: The concept of life is such a beautiful thing and one of the biggest motivators in my identity. How special it is to be able to lead ourselves down a new adventure each day so why not make art out of the life we live.
The Toltec tribe’s main belief is that we are all artists of life. In Don Miguel Ruiz’s book, The Mastery of Self, he shares the knowledge of the Toltec tribe to help teach people about personal freedom, and it has been one of the most profound teachings of my life, so I just had to share! :)
Q: What artists, makers, brands, or social media gurus inspire you and why?
A: I’m always on a path of discovery, it helps me stay curious and expands my mindset—one way I do so is by finding new artists, brands, influencers, etc.
Some of my favorite accounts to follow currently are @m_____ts + @alixbortoli. They are both creative directors and have worked together on some pretty insane projects, from the STAUD Spring '23 launch to a campaign for Hermes. On both of their pages you will find loads of inspo, be it product shots of antique trinkets or vintage print ads. They both have an eye for incorporating these old-soul elements with new-world editing skills, like stop-motion animation which creates such a unique visual experience, truly groundbreaking in the digital media world and incredibly inspiring for someone like me who is looking to merge the worlds of design.
Q: If you could buy one item for your home right now (with no budget restrictions), what would it be?
A: I just made one of the most insane purchases of my life. My roommate sent me a couple Facebook Marketplace listings when one listing stood out, I truly couldn’t believe my eyes.
There they were a rare pair that I never could have dreamed of owning. The next thing I knew, two original 1970’s Tito Agnoli 9000 lounge chairs were sitting in my living room, it still doesn’t feel real, I’ll be gushing over them forever.
Q: If you could meet any celebrity and take a tour of their home, who would it be and why?
A: If I could meet any celebrity and step inside their home, I would have to choose Erykah Badu and not just for her music but because of her eccentric aura and style. Something about her house radiates an ethereal energy and a lifetime of stories present in all the things she fills her sanctuary with. From her collected green kitchen to the 1960’s Eero Aarnio chair in her home studio, to the way she layers beads on her Tiffany lamps, the house just exudes magic.
Q: Tell us about a favorite trip you’ve been on or a place you’ve visited.
A: I recently got back from my first trip to Europe where I got to visit three of the most inspiring places I’ve ever been. I went to Elounda in Crete, Oia in Santorini and Naoussa in Paros. I love historic architecture, so it was incredibly fulfilling to dive into the culture of places that embrace the significance of their city’s bones.
From the architecture and artisans to the physical biome of Greece with all its colorful plants, fish, and beaches, I left feeling like my soul had been awoken.
Q: The first three destinations or adventures on your bucket list are:
Mexico City, exploring markets, artists' studios, and famous architects' homes
Complete my second 200 hr yoga teacher training somewhere in Asia so I can receive my 400 hours
Solo travel all through Germany to visit my family and the place my Opa was born and spend extra time in Berlin to experience the arts and the city
Q: If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
A: I would move to Mexico City in a heartbeat! So many famous artists and architects have lived and worked there, and I believe it is a place where you can feel the magic of their creativity flowing through the city. It would be such a gift to live and grow as a person there, inspired by all the people and their beautiful culture.
Q: What concert is at the top of your bucket list, past or present?
A: If time travel were real, I would go back to 1976 to see Stevie Nicks perform the most iconic rendition of Rhiannon to date. The song is inspired by the story of a Welsh witch and Stevie says that night she was possessed by her spirit. I remember growing up watching this performance twirling around in my room, coming undone to this song, just like Stevie. For me, this song has played such a key role in the shaping of my identity and to have been able to see such a performance that embodies the divine feminine and our yearning to be free spirits, would be a dream come true.
"'She rules her life like a fine skylark,' the Rhiannon lyrics that inspired my forearm tattoo. I keep these lyrics close to me and always try to remember to live my life like Rhiannon would: untamed and unruly."
Q: Anything else you would like to share??
A: Never stop being curious and living your life with a yearning to discover! Life is so beautiful when you treat it like a canvas.
Thanks so much, Hannah for spending some time with us! Want more? Follow our blog to keep up with good humans, good design and get to know our Unscripted Rockstars!