Interview: Lauren-Ashley Barnes of Pineapple Sundays Design Studio
Meet Lauren-Ashley Barnes, the founder of Pineapple Sundays Design Studio.
Check out below for a little insight into the woman behind the brand.
TCTLE: Why did you start creating?
Lauren-Ashley: I've been a creative spirit since I was little, it's just something I was born with and something that I've always been called to do.
T: Why do you continue to create?
LB: I can't even imagine my life without some form of art or a way to creatively express myself. Being creative for me is like a relaxing day at the beach (most days), it's what brings me the most joy. Creating has always been a form of therapy for me and self-care is a core value for myself and my brand.
T: Who and what are your favorite music artist(s), movie(s), and/or TV show(s) to listen to when creating?
LB: I have a Pineapple Sundays Spotify playlist where I have a lot of Miguel, H.E.R., and classics like Jill Scott and Erykah Badu. If not Music, I listen to Podcasts like Oprah's Super Soul Conversations, Hey, Girl Podcast and Black Girl in Om. I love to learn about different ways of thinking and bettering myself.
T: Who or what inspires you and why?
LB: What inspires me the most is flourishing into my purpose and creating the life that I envision for myself while also making a difference. Nothing makes me more happier than creating products that bring me and others joy while also being inspiring as well.
T: What’s a home good or accessory you own that is special to you and why?
LB: I recently bought a couch I had been eying at Anthropolgie last year. I badly needed a new couch and one day something told me to stop into the store. That day the floor sample of the couch I wanted was on sale for 50% off. I felt that was my mom & grandmother whispering in my ear, their spirits knew I wanted that couch and they made it happen, it was such divine timing. I later found out 5 other people called in about that couch but I was the first one to request it. I love this couch because its the place where I spend the majority of my time I creating, reading, practicing self-care and just relaxing...and it's teal my favorite color!
T: Who are your fave creative WOC and where can we find them on the internet?
LB: • I recently discovered Alexandria Elle and her book After the Rain is everything I needed especially after last year. Also, the affirmations she post on insta is always spot on. @alex_elle
• Lalah Deliah is another writer I came across and her book Vibrate Higher Daily is all about how to live in your power. It's a really good and inspiring book. She also has guided meditations on Insight Timer that I listen to before creating sometimes. @lalahdelia
• Stephanie of Yoshi-oka Design makes these amazing embroidered hoop art. @yoshi.oka.desgin
• Jacquel Diane creates these gorgeous pieces of healing adornments and her personality is beautiful. @decoratedjewelry