Renewal by Andersen relies on professional interior designers to bring its award-winning, energy-efficient window and door products to life in clients’ homes. Now Renewal by Andersen wants to individually recognize talented designers with its Toast the Expert special feature on Triangle Today.
Q. Tell us about yourself.
A. Nancie Wood Interiors is an award-winning full-service interior design company specializing in luxury residences in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, as well as coastal residences along the North Carolina shore. Known as a creative problem solver and value specialist, I carefully find solutions to unique design challenges and have a team of specialized experts to precisely execute my plan and prevent costly mistakes.
Q. Tell us about your education, experience or biggest influences.
A. Everything you do takes you to where you are. In my case it started with the love of textiles, color and design. Starting out in New York as a fashion designer led to interior design in North Carolina, degreed and certified from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and Meredith College in Raleigh. Twenty-five years of design work and project management in North Carolina have involved me in new construction, remodels, interior furnishing and aging in place design.
Q. What do you enjoy most about interior design?
A. I love the impact it can have on improving a person’s the quality of life. Living in a well-thought space that is ergonomically correct with proper clearances and allowances for traffic patterns is critical, yet so often overlooked. If you have impairments or challenges, it is important to consider all these aspects.
Q. How would you describe your style?
A. My aesthetic has a sense of quiet sophistication and understated luxury. I use classic proportions with fairly clean lines and everything has to be comfortable and work.
Q. Which design trends are you most excited about this year?
A. I don’t like most trends. I much prefer following a feeling and building upon qualities with that “deja vu” …I’ve been here before feeling or “je ne sais quoi” … don’t know what it is … that pulls you in makes you feel like it was always supposed to be this like this. Trends go in and out of style, while comfortable, sophisticated, unique and even a bit of quirkiness are timeless. That being said, there is a movement the design community is embracing toward simplicity with an uncluttered aesthetic. A new appreciation for quality and craftsmanship is being recognized. This mindful approach is an awareness of the value of living with less and appreciating what you have more.
Q. What are your favorite types of clients to work with?
A. I prefer to work with clients who have opinions and goals they want to meet. I try to understand my clients to provide them the best solutions to their personal space and lifestyle while incorporating the things that bring them joy. I filter their ideas and incorporate them into purposeful, functional design while giving them an elevated aesthetic to their taste. Clients typically range in age from 40 to 65. They have traveled and typically have artifacts and treasures collected over time. These make wonderful additions to a room or can be the springboard to getting the project started.
Q. What/who inspires you right now?
A. My clients are my biggest inspiration. I challenge myself to give their home the best version of themselves. During this process I have learned so much from them and their stories and have made many friendships along the way. Hearing that you have created a perfect living space for them or found a bench or chest they love is so satisfying to hear. In this way I feel that good design impacts the quality of their life. Designers that I admire include Suzanne Kasler, Candice Olsen, Monica Hajj and Vincent Wolfe.
Q. How do you consider natural light when designing a space?
A. Natural lighting is a key element in our perception of space. Natural light exposure tends to make a room appear more spacious. During renovations and remodels larger window replacements expand a space and require less artificial light. Natural light also affects color to be truer and more pleasing. The direction of the incoming light needs to be considered as well. Natural light changes throughout the day and has an effect on the paint color. Rooms facing south are full of warm light and look good in pale tones. Rooms facing north can be a challenge if there are small windows and not much natural light. Darker rooms can feel cozy, especially with a darker color to create drama.
Q. What new trends in windows & doors are you using?
A. Trends I’m using include expansive views in residential design where architecture helps blur the vision between indoors and outdoors. Bi-fold windows and doors are one great way to open living spaces to the outdoors. Think of having a wall of glass windows/doors that fold back to the outside of the house and open to connect the interior living space to the outdoors. These are used in warm weather climates very often, but I have used them successfully in beach homes.
Q. If someone could look through a window into your dream room, what would they see?
A. My dream room is a peaceful, uncluttered, comfortable retreat with subtle luxuries in neutral colors with touches of light blue and pink. A place I can enjoy with my family and adopted pets. Large windows that afford a view of the sunset over the water while lounging on plush upholstery with a cashmere throw, a fruity handcrafted cocktail in hand and a purring cat in my lap. My purrfect space.