6. When you are working on a client’s home, what changes do you make that they are most surprised and delighted with?
“I do a lot of custom sizing and tend to avoid off-the-rack sizes for certain rooms, especially carpets. I think it makes all the difference in the world. Making sure the furniture is filling the room the way it should be, often with bigger pieces but less of it. I prefer a coordinated room with the right amount of elements – patterns, textures, accessories, artwork, etc. – where everything in it is working together to deliver a very finished result that is scaled and proportioned.”
What do you give people that they did not even know they needed?
“My guiding principle is comfort and livability. I want all my rooms to say, ‘Enjoy me, live in me, watch TV and value time with your family here.’ I get to know my clients, so if I have a client that is into biking or fashion, I’ll listen to that and put books in their library, or on their coffee table, that reflect these interests or hobbies.”
7. Some people are not ready to travel yet. What are some suggestions for changing things around the house to help people create a feeling of “escape”?
“I suggest using plants and greens in specific places and mixing in seasonal dried décor accessories. Maybe you have a bowl in the summer that displays dried artichokes or lemons, but in the fall you can fill it with pumpkins or gourds. If you have a lot of knick knacks and accessories, I encourage rotating these items to keep things fresh… or better yet, call AMW Design Studio to do it! We call it a Fluff & Puff, where we go to our client’s homes to help them get rid of some older items and bring in some new things to recharge their space and give it new energy. Additionally, some homeowners are enhancing their at-home leisure capabilities by creating specific recreation rooms such as theaters, golf simulators, and very thorough home gyms.”