Q&A With Jeff Andrews, Interior-Designer-to-the-Stars:
- What's the #1 thing our audience should know about choosing an interior designer?
- Jeff: When choosing an interior designer, it's important that your personalities mesh as well as your aesthetics.
- How does one fall into this career?
- Jeff: No falling; it takes a lot of hard work, determination, creativity and the ability to be a visionary that makes someone a successful interior designer.
- What's trending big time in interior design -- right now?
- Jeff: Brass! While the emphasis was on silver and chrome metal finishes for so long, there has been a resurgence of gold finishes more recently. Everything from brass plumbing fixtures to furniture and lighting. Polished, matte or antiqued, brass is the hot finish.
- How have sustainable living materials affected what you do?
- Jeff: There are more green options available now in all aspects of design, from low-VOC paint to renewable materials in flooring, furniture, etc., which makes it easy to be more environmentally conscious.
- Which of the celebrity homes you've designed for was particularly challenging? Why?
- Jeff: Celebrities are like any other client. Special challenges that sometimes arise? Working around celebrities' busy lifestyles and their often intense need for privacy. When designing a home for Kris Jenner, the challenge was to work around intense shooting schedules and a house full of family at a very quick pace. No one wants their life disrupted for very long.
- Speaking of the Kardashians... what's it like to design settings you know will be broadcast to millions? Does it change how you come at a project?
- Jeff: No, I design homes, not sets! But seriously, first and foremost when designing for any client is creating a beautiful and comfortable living space that works with their lifestyles, which is how I approached the Kardashian family designs. Their homes also just happen to be where their TV show is filmed.
- What's the biggest misconception people have about lighting a house?
- Jeff: The biggest misconception that people have is that overhead recessed lighting is better for illumination than incandescent table and floor lamps. Not only can you make a design statement with beautiful lamp choices, but the ambient light they create is much sexier and forgiving than overhead light.
- What's your best piece of advice for the DIY'er?
- Jeff: Do your research, don't take on projects that are too much for one person to handle, and know when to prioritize -- your time and your budget.
- What design trends do you foresee exploding in the next 5 years?
- Jeff: My new line of wallpaper, furniture and lighting set to launch next year...so stay tuned!
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