“Remodeling the central part of a home is a pretty emotional thing that can lead to a lot of stress. I try my very best to eliminate as much stress as I can for my clients by being someone they can trust with the money they’re investing, the vision they have and their wishes for their new space.”Michelle Raymer
Interior designers are tasked with designing one of the most intimate parts of our lives: our home. It is where we spend most of our time – it is where we cook, eat, sleep, entertain, unwind. It is where we live. Michelle Raymer, a talented kitchen & bath designer who works at Andersonville Kitchen & Bath in Chicago, understands the importance of designing and delivering a beautiful, functional and inviting space. In this interview, we ask her about her inspirations, her struggles, her favorite design trends, and more.
What inspired you to become an interior designer?
Since I was young I’ve always enjoyed using my creativity to change and develop the spaces around me. That passion continued to grow organically as I did but was also further fueled by my mother’s career in interior design and her willingness to share it with me and include me in her work.
What were some of your struggles when you first started off?
Mentally developing the skill of visualizing what a space could look like. It’s not a natural gift I have like many designers do, I had to come up with my own piece by piece process that worked for me.
What are your favorite design trends?
What are some of your favorite paint colors?
I either stay pretty basic with a white that has just a touch of grey or I go big with a charcoal or deep jewel tones.
What do you like most about your job?
Gaining the trust and respect of my clients. Remodeling the central part of a home is a pretty emotional thing that can lead to a lot of stress. I try my very best to eliminate as much stress as I can for my clients by being someone they can trust with the money they’re investing, the vision they have and their wishes for their new space.
What should someone starting a design career know?
Customer service really is key and will be what sets you apart from the competition.
In your opinion, what will be the top design trends for 2018?
Brushed gold! Obviously 😉
What are some of your favorite features in 2020 Design?
Being able to snip textures from the internet and incorporate them into the design.
Is there a 2020 Design trick/hack you can share with us?
Close all your walls before rendering! Even if it’s an open concept kitchen that flows into another room. Draw larger walls around it, make sure your ceiling heights are the same and close them up! Otherwise you’ll never get the lighting right.
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