Houston, TX (June, 2013)
Designer Jason Boughton wanted to create a space that “greeted guests with open arms.” He arranged for displays in the foyer and upstairs landing to show family photos, artwork, and select furnishings. He selected a neutral color palette to create a connecting cohesiveness but enlivened it all with touches of color.
Designer Sharon Staley wanted the great room to hows family gatherings and to reflect the rustic ambiance found in elegant Italian country homes. She chose a tailored sectional sofa by Kravet, selecting a coral color found in other parts of the home for fabric. A table bench provides extra seating, if needed, and a large traditional rug anchored the space.
Q&A with Sharon Staley:
- How do your clients’ tastes or personalities influence design projects? Each client brings their own flavor to the design process: styles or colors they are drawn to, needs they have for each space to make it the most successful for them.
- What’s the first thing you ask a client when starting a project? What is the most important thing you wish to accomplish?
- What initially drew you to interior design? My father owned successful furniture stores here and Houston and was also president of the Furniture Association, so I grew up in the industry, sharing my father’s passion for quality design.
- How can a potential client know if a particular designer is a good fit for their project? A client will know when they’ve found the right designer for them when they feel truly “heard.” A good designer listens to what the client wants and applies her talent, knowledge, and experience toward making a space tailor-made for the client.
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