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Design Devotion

Holly Blumeyer of Blumeyer Interior Design

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Posted: Monday, July 13, 2009 12:00 am | Updated: 10:11 pm, Tue Aug 9, 2011.

AB: How did you get started in interior design?I was rearranging my mother’s house from about the age of 9 and never stopped! At first I helped family members, then friends and voila!

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AB: Which designers influenced you? Sister Parrish, Albert Hadley and Mario Buatta.

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AB: How do you approach a project?First I interview the client to determine scope, lifestyle, color preference, needs, wants, budget, etc. We then draw a floor plan. I must know where every stick of furniture is going for balance, color and proportion. We begin the selection process by starting with the color and either a fabric, or rug or carpet, depending on the project.

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AB: What was your most interesting project? Although I’ve had many ‘no budget’ projects, the most interesting was a small shotgun house in Webster Groves. The redesign was completed on time, on budget and was everything the client had hoped for. And I must say, the space planning was lots of fun!

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AB: How has the industry changed since you started?Most clients are much more knowledgeable today (all those decorating magazines). And changes in the economy have an effect, with mill shutdowns, ‘discontinued’s’ and lack of inventory, etc. Also, more young people are interested in decorating their starter homes and aren’t afraid to ask for help. And of course, the ‘green’ movement and changes in lighting impact the design world.

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AB: What is your biggest challenge?Finding good-looking, high-quality product at budget pricing. It’s easy to design high-end projects, but the lower budget jobs are more difficult because prices have gone up so much, especially with the Euro exchange.

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AB: What’s your personal style in your own home? My home is basically traditional with lots of color and a bit of eclectic tossed in. I’m lucky enough to have inherited some very good antiques, so it’s definitely sophisticated in a soft way.

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AB: What design advice can you offer the general pub ? Do NOT be afraid to use a designer. They have the knowledge and resources to give you exactly what you want, and in the process, they’ll save you time, frustration and expensive mistakes.

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