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LINDA RUDERMAN Linda Ruderman Interiors lindaruderman.com

Why did you choose Elsie de Wolfe’s famous quote ? Elsie de Wolfe is my idol. I love everything about her style, how she thought and particularly how she owned her craft! She encouraged the women even of modest means through magazines and radio to embrace modernity even though her clients were the rich and social. All interior designers spend years of our life making everything beautiful for our clients and for ourselves. In my case, it carries over into everything I do whether it be Entertaining, gardening, vacationing or just getting dressed in the morning. My surroundings greatly affect my mood and creativity. Please describe your design style. My designs articulate a fundamentally modern belief in the intersection of the domestic interior with personal expression and individual identity of my client. How long have you been in interior design? Was this your first career choice or did you come from a different background? Over 30 years. My first Career choice was in the medical field and after that I was a United Airlines Flight Attendant for 10 years. It was during that time that I was able to focus on my passion and study architecture and design. East Coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years of Design, how have you seen design change over the past 10 years? In the past 10 years I feel that Interior design has been all over the place. While Transitional seems to be the buzz word... nobody really knows what that means. It has been described as anything but traditional as we know it. Window treatments seem to be a thing of the past. Clean lines on furniture, minimal accessories, gray walls, dark floors, area rugs splashed with color or not and contemporary art grace the pages of our magazines. Has it really changed? The audience has changed. The baby boomers are downsizing and simplifying their interiors and the younger generations want a departure from anything that looked like their parents house. I think it is a very similar time to when Elsie de Wolfe brought good taste, light and air into the dark Victorian interiors in the first half of the 20th century. The first 14 years of the 21st century has even seen more light and air and of course GRAY! If there is one solid statement you can make that would help clients understand the design process what would that be? I believe that the journey a homeowner embarks upon with their interior designer should be both enjoyable and educational. The designer and client should work very closely on designing the interior spaces to articulate the client’s own histories, passions, needs and desires. A successful project is all about client and designer communication and making sure everyone is always on the same page throughout the process.

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East Coast Home + Design September 2014  

East Coast Home Publishing

East Coast Home + Design September 2014  

East Coast Home Publishing