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Interior Design For Your Lifestyle and Personality

By janurai Works

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

We are a full service interior design firm offering a broad spectrum of design/build/remodel options. We take small and large projects from a single space to designing and building a new home. We do extensive remodeling work as well, partnering with some of the best general contractors and remodelers in the country.

Can you briefly talk about the importance of matching the way your home is decorated with your lifestyle and personality?

Good design is always all about the client; their lifestyle, their needs, their desire to have a comfortable, beautiful, welcoming environment. Isn't that what we all want? I think that my success has been at least partly because of my ability to 'read' what someone is saying to me and interpret it back to them in a creative way while at the same time solving issues and problems. In new construction, we can create an environment from scratch and address all these issues up front. In remodeling, there are a lot of unknowns that must be taken into consideration while we are in the creative design and construction process. Good planning is essential to a successful project, no matter how large or small it is. I do a lot of detail work and research before we ever start building or demolition. I also provide planning in Phases so the work doesn't have to be done all at once.

What's the first step you would take to create this type of interior design?

The design process starts with communication. Sometimes a series of meetings are needed to define the client's goals clearly and to begin the concept work. Once we do this, we are able to proceed with concept sketches and a broad based plan.

What are the most important aspects of personality and lifestyle that should be factored into interior design?

I believe that every home should be a reflection of the people who live there. It should speak to the way they want to present themselves to family, friends, neighbors, and others. The home is an extension of ourselves. It is the place we retreat to, the place where we interact with others, where we can be ourselves without pretense. Families that have growing children require an entirely different set of environmental rules and design elements than empty nesters or singles. We address each one individually. There are no cookie cutter clients??EVER.

Is there anything that people don't normally consider when it comes to redecorating their house that they should consider?

If you are speaking of adding or changing décor (not remodeling), I think a lot of people think they have to throw everything they have away and start over again. This, of course, is not true. Most folks have some really nice things in the midst of all the other "stuff" that, when showcased properly, or rearranged can change an entire space. If you are asking about remodeling, I think that folks may not take into consideration the dust and dirt and general commotion that goes with a remodel. Depending on the extent of the work to be performed, some folks need to actually vacate for several days to avoid sanding dust, noise, fumes, etc. The other thing that is often misunderstood is the length of time it takes to complete a project. I would rather tell them the cold, hard facts up front, than promise a six week turnaround when I know it's impossible. These days, a lot of product comes from overseas. We no longer have the control on manufacturing that we once did. This is a huge consideration.

What advice do you have for a household where the members have personalities and lifestyles that aren't necessarily the same?

What household doesn't have this? In most cases, one person takes the lead in the process and has worked through some of the discrepancies beforehand. In other cases, each person comes to the table with their input, which I take away and work with. I try to be sensitive to everyone living there, even if they don't openly express themselves. In over 35 years, I have seldom seen unresolvable differences.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

I have a good website that is available for viewing directly or as a link through ASID.org or ASIDTGCC (American Society of Interior Designers Gulf Coast Chapter). I am also a member of AIA (American Institute of Architects) as an allied member. My website, www.designworkstx.com has contact information on it as well.

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