Whether it’s a historic home or a sleek new loft, Emily Castle, managing principal of Castle Design, creates eye-catching interiors that express her clients’ unique preferences and lifestyles. Castle recently was named a regional winner of the Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Contest, which recognized 80 of the best kitchen designs from around the world.
Ladue News sat down with Castle to ask about her work, her design philosophy and her Castle Design team.
How did you establish Castle Design and how would you describe your design philosophy?
I established Castle Design in 2003 after working for many top designers in town. I have a degree in architecture as well, so my design work tends to be cleaner in nature with less clutter.
Tell us a bit about your design team. Do various designers have specific skills that you match with client needs? How do you ensure the designers you hire will represent Castle Design's style and vision?
I currently have eight designers in St. Louis and one in Naples, Florida. Their expertise spans from very contemporary to traditional and everything in between. I personally match clients and designers to ensure they get top-notch design and expert service. I see every design along the process to be sure the client's expectations are being met.
You and your team have designed a wide array of spaces, from historic to modern. How do you begin to get a feel for a space and develop the final vision?
We normally make an initial consultation to establish the scope of work, client's desires and time frame. Almost all of our projects involve some kind of construction, so space planning often plays a major role. Once the client sees how they will live in the space, a major challenge is accomplished.
What do you personally enjoy most about the process? What projects are you most proud of?
I love being part of a project from day one with an architect. Designing a house from the inside out ensures that the spaces are functional and just large enough for the way our clients want to live. I am most proud of projects where the clients are willing to put their trust in us to take care of every detail.
What do you think makes Castle Design unique among the panoply of area design firms?
Castle Design won't take a client unless we know that we can provide them with top-notch service in a timely manner. The reputation we have built through the years demands that clients can reach out to us and get answers ASAP.
What would you most like our readers to know about you and your company?
Castle Design is an award-winning design firm specializing in residential, commercial and restaurant design. You can be sure that you will receive the highest level of design from our firm, and we stand behind everything we do.