August 23, 2017 – Elizabeth shared how growing up in Kentucky infused her with the creativity and passion to become the successful national design leader she is today in a conversation with Shannon Cogan of WAVE 3 News.
Style expert Elizabeth Mayhew is a multi-talented Louisvillian with an impressive career history, thanks to her colorful personality and many skill sets. She is a regular on NBC’s TODAY show, a popular columnist for The Washington Post as well as the Brand Editor for Reese Witherspoon’s southern-inspired lifestyle brand Draper James. Over the course of her career Mayhew has been a driving force at a number of publications, including House Beautiful, Southern Living, Woman’s Day, and REAL SIMPLE. She also is the author of FLIP! for Decorating (Ballantine), a book of which she says married her decorating knowledge acquired from her time with House Beautiful and her extensive research and organization skills gained at REAL SIMPLE.
Elizabeth attributes much of her success in the industry to growing up in Kentucky as well as her eagerness to pursue her many interests. She has described her attitude toward opportunity as being at a buffet and eating everything she can, never turning down an interview or chance to take advantage of the things she loves to do. This has led to a career comprised of what she calls a “smorgasbord of jobs.” Her passion for many things such as theatre, décor, art history, and even baking has gained her experience in industries across the board.
Admitting that she was blessed with a privileged upbringing, once Elizabeth established herself in her profession, she realized that her Kentucky background made her unique in the business, and she was able to use that perspective to her advantage. Amicable and friendly with just about anyone, along with a good dose of southern charm, Mayhew offers a genuine form of authenticity and approachable demeanor. For this reason, she has said, is why she no longer focuses on the “UCK” in Kentucky, but rather the “LUCK.”