Many of our talents are God given, and everyday we walk this earth displaying them and maximizing their usage. Many also strongly hope and desire that, while we are utilizing our talent, we are also doing a greater good and changing someone’s life.
That is exactly what James Gantt Elcock does. Not only does this Los Angeles-area interior designer transform the space in which his clients reside but also the place in which their spirit resides within their bodies.
In a little more than three years, Elcock has creatively redesigned and restructured 186 homes and countless hearts.
“Generally, my clients do not chose me; I chose them,” said Elcock, who explains that he sits down with a homeowner and has a conversation with them to find out what is going in their lives. During these “consultations,” he often helps people work through issues they may have in their lives, which they might not even recognize.
Elcock connects with his clients, be it over a color pallet, fabric swatch or the exchange of a heartfelt story. He reaches into their soul, learns their story and understands what they need to change about their environment to recreate a happy living space, while adding a dash of color or new window panels.
His ultimate goal is to not only design a glamorous and beautiful living space, but also to coach and assists clients with creating a better home and lifestyle.
The defining moment in his career, that second when Elcock knew what he was doing was more than crown molding and paint swatches occurred, when he was introduced to a woman who had lost her husband, whom she was madly in love with. She had began to fall into a depression and needed renovation.
Within moments of meeting her, the interior designer knew it was his responsibility to create a balance for the widow. He needed to design a home for her that allowed her to hold on to the memory of her husband and their life together but that would also set her free to happily move on. Before his eyes, this client transformed from a women who kept to herself and was almost a recluse into a social butterfly, who was now inviting girlfriends over for lavish dinner parties and enjoying her home.
For James, what he does is more of a spiritual process, or a ministry as he calls it. He believes there is a cleansing that has to occur, and that “many times people are holding on to things for sentimental reasons, and sometimes these are things that they need to let go of.”
Ultimately, Elcock, who has worked in the fashion industry, owned a restaurant in South Africa and prides himself on creative consistency, said his interior design is a lifestyle change as well as a visual renovation of people’s homes.