Interior design is a skill and an art that will only enhance the space and the quality of life in the space. Louis Henry Sullivan is famous for coining the phrase “form follows function” and this is true. If a design isn’t functional, as beautiful as it may be, it is worthless.
My goal as a designer has always been to give my client a professional assessment of the situation, that will lead to a solid plan of action. This is what I consider to be my skill. The order of things in a design plan is key in determining what can be re-purposed or should be edited. This will not only effect the budget but help me and the client to spend it more efficiently. As a designer I try to offer an extra set of eyes, because my eyes are trained to see and notice things that the client may not see.
One of my jobs is to keep the client on budget and save them time and effort. I know where to go for resources for everything related to the project and will save endless amounts of time researching products, brands and prices.
I can build a stronger bridge between the client and the architect or contractor early on and can head off design misses in the overall plan. This is crucial in managing time and money. But it is also my job to make it beautiful and artful.
What have some artists said to us about art before?
• Paul Gauguin, (1848–1903), Peruvian-born French artist, quoted in Huneker, The Pathos of Distance (1913) said:
“Art is filling a space in a beautiful way. That's what art means to me.”
• Georgia O'Keeffe (1887–1986), American painter, in Art News, December 1977 said:
“Art is harmony.”
• Georges Seurat (1859–1891), French painter, wrote in a letter to Maurice Beaubourg (1890):
“Art is something that reveals the essential or hidden truth”
I endeavor to follow the path of some great artists before me for my clients!
My background includes both residential and commercial interiors. A few years ago our downtown area rejuvenated itself and I had the honor of working on several old, historical buildings. It was hard work, but I enjoyed this tremendously. I have a BA from the University of Oklahoma and in the past I have been a member of the local ASID, Design Council, and the Homebuilders Association, as well as teaching organizations known as the NEA and OEA.
I have also served on advisory boards for three colleges in Interior Design.
I have had the pleasure now of working with families through three generations! I started out with the grandparents as they moved from their starter home to the larger family home and then back to the empty nest. Then their children have moved through the same stages, and now their kids are calling on me to help them with their homes! It’s like I am a member of the family. I am invited to weddings, bar mitzvahs, and sadly sometimes I have to go to their funerals. But it is wonderful to be such an influential person in a families history.