Designer Spotlight: Q&A with Lisa Storms
I’ve been a designer with Oskar Huber now for close to a year and a half.
Q: What questions do you ask before you begin a design process?
First thing I ask might sound obvious – I ask them to describe the space they are working on. How is the space used? Also who uses the space. Then I start getting into more specifics, particularly with the furniture. For example, do you like to sit on the sofa or in the sofa. This is of course in reference to deep seating sofas. Some clients like to curl up while others like their feet planted on the floor. Specific questions like this help me to run through various styles in my head and find a few different sofas for them to try.
Ideally I like to visit the space. There is nothing better for a designer than to be physically in the space with the client and have a conversation. After getting a feel for the space and the client’s unique style, I will introduce different fabrics, color palettes, and sizes to inspire the client as well as myself. For me and my clients, comfort is the most important thing. If it doesn’t feel right, then it isn’t right.
Q: What is a recent design trend that you’re loving at the moment?
There are so many exciting trends right now that I love! One thing that I have noticed as of late is the layering of color. So many different shades and patterns can go together. Really the sky is the limit! Here on the island (LBI), I have noticed a newer trend called Sophisticated Coastal. Bringing the classy and elegant to the coast.
I Love this question! My first big design project was with a family from California. As it turned out, the husband grew up on LBI and owning a shore house in the area was a must on his bucket list. From the beginning we were all on the same design page which made it even more exciting. Yep, you guessed it, Sophisticated Coastal and comfortable. It was such a delight to work with this family. I’m proud to say I helped them cross this off their bucket list.
Q: What advice would you give to entry-level interior designers just getting started? What do you know now that you wish you knew then?
When it comes to style there is no rulebook to follow. Your interpretation of coastal style or any style for that matter is forever evolving. Develop your own style and let it shine :)
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