Some homeowners have a keen sense of design and their own personal sense of style, while others don’t even know where to start when it comes to the interior design of their homes. Fortunately for the latter group, there are interior designer firms that exist solely to help those who want a stylish home, but aren’t able to accomplish it on their own.
Some interior designers focus on one or two styles and cater to clients looking for those styles, while others are versed in all styles of interior design and can adapt to any type of home and client. Here are two successful interior designers who have their own take on the design process.
For Tenillle Wood of Beautiful Habitat Interior Design in Denver, Colorado, its all about the fusion of various styles. She’s a Colorado native, and is drawn to the casual, airy design that is seen so often in the western United States, but she also studied in London and learned to appreciate classic European design. She loves mixing colors and patterns in unexpected ways and combining contemporary art with antique furniture.
The Beautiful Habitat website says,
When we see unloved or unfulfilled spaces, we see the pure potential. And for us, developing that potential means making sure the function and beauty of a space are in harmony with the soul of the people living in that space, when we’ve done that, we believe we’ve created our clients’ own beautiful habitat.”
Beautiful Habitat also has the distinction of being Colorado’s first and only certified cruelty free interior design firm. This means they use no animal fur, skins, or leather in their designs. Rather, they use vegan alternatives that are still luxurious, beautiful, and in some cases, longer lasting. It’s a simple way that Woods incorporates her love for animals and her personal convictions into her design business.
Brian Paquette, an interior designer in Seattle, Washington, has taken his background in painting and conceptual art and turned it into a successful interior design business. He thinks of design as “a living extension of art, meant to be touched, used and admired.” His firm has established a network of fine craftsmen and artists all over the country in order to offer his clients unique pieces that are not found in local stores.
Paquette’s firm offers full-service interior design, but also has embarked on a product line that features furniture, textiles, and décor, called Brian Paquette at Home. Paquette prides himself on the trusting relationships he develops with his clients and the high level of collaboration he offers. He starts every new client relationship with an open dialogue, which, he explains “…lays the groundwork for your project, allowing us to conceptualize designs and collect pieces that reflect your identity.”
Finding the right interior designer for your home is all about research. Every credible designer will have an online portfolio you can view so you can get a sense of their style and capabilities. You should also interview several designers before signing a contract with one to make sure their communication style is compatible with your own.