Why did you choose your quote? My quote is by Tracy Dwyer. It expresses why I’m in this business and love what I do. Please describe your design style. My design style is very eclectic. My interiors reflect a combination of current trends with an added bonus using a vintage piece. I feel that rooms are instantly warmed up and cozy as soon as you add a piece of old wood and a classic style from the past. The juxtaposition is a lot more interesting when the design space does not look like you went out yesterday and bought everything at once. A collection of objects and a piece of furniture here or there, that expresses the homeowners’ travels and interest, personalizes a home.
“Interior design, as a business, is highlighted by the families you work with and get to know” -Tracy Dwyer
How long have you been in interior design? Was this your first career choice or did you come from a different background? I’ve been designing all my life in one way or another whether it was for myself or others. My first career in Manhattan was in commercial real estate. That experience opened up the world of hotel design whereby I landed the Delano hotel in Miami Beach. East Coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years of Design, how have you seen design change over the past 10 years? Over the past ten years, the design trends have made all things possible. We dipped into neutrals but at the same time, bold color. The vintage modern look along with natural driftwood finishes as well as the transitional lacquer style have challenged us in defining our style. There seems to be NO rules, which leaves us to comfortably do as we please. If there is one solid statement you can make that would help clients understand the design process, what would that be? My advice to anyone considering using an interior designer. Get good references and establish ‘trust’ day one. You MUST have an open dialogue and communicate your likes and dislikes. Remember it’s your home that you will enjoy for years to come.
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