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: Our business is reDefine Home Design & Home Staging. We serve the greater Triangle area.
Q. Tell us about your education, experience or biggest influences.
A: I studied early childhood education. It wasn’t until later in life that I realized my true passion for design and staging. I’ve been a full-time designer and stager for 11 years. My biggest influence is my mother, who helped start the business. My creative eye was able to pull together a room that had life and sparkle on a small budget.
Q. What do you enjoy most about interior decorating?
A: What I enjoy most about interior design is how we’re always doing something different every day. Every client and project is unique so we are able to express our creativity in different ways with each design or staging project. Every day is a challenge and exciting!
Q. How would you describe your style?
A: I would describe our style as southern eclectic glam. We like to use southern/rustic elements in our design because of the area we live and work in, but we definitely aren’t afraid to mix it up!
Q. Which design trends are you most excited about this year?
A: We are really loving the look of the minimal window treatment that’s currently trending. Instead of heavy drapery, we’re enjoying openness and natural lighting. It is especially important for staging to have an open and airy feel.
Q. What are your favorite types of clients to work with?
A: Our favorite types of clients are people who aren’t afraid to think out of the box. We love a client who trusts us fully and is open to our suggestions and ideas. It makes the entire design process more fun.
Q. What/who inspires you right now?
A: We find inspiration in all kinds of places. The latest design catalogs, magazines and blogs. We also enjoy pulling inspiration from a single item such as a piece of art or decor. If we find something we love, we can build an entire room around it.
Q. How do you consider natural light when designing a space?
A: Natural lighting is an important aspect in all of our projects. For design, it can determine things like paint color and window treatments; and for staging, it can determine furniture decisions, as well as lighting sources and placement. If it is a darker home, we would use lighter furniture to brighten it up. We are careful not to place furniture in front of windows or areas where the natural light pours in.
Q. What new trends in windows & doors are you using?
A: We still like to use barn doors in a pantry or office. It helps fill up an empty wall with something that has architectural interest versus hanging a picture or artwork. Windows we love bare if it calls for it; otherwise we love to use large scale pattern fabric to bring a pop of visual interest to a space.
Q. If someone could look through a window into your dream room, what would they see?
A: They would see a bright minimal room with clean lines and floor to ceiling windows, decorated with a mid-century modern/eclectic design, pops of bright color and a mix of pattern in pillows and artwork.