Victoria From Style Wise Interior Design
"My personal design mantra and one of which I always strive to share with my clients: "The details are not the details, they make the design” practiced by Charles Eames, is an interesting way of looking at design. Design is innovative, inspiring, and of course, is supposed to be fun. I enable this process through accessible design in a turn key manner for all.
My skillset is many thanks to life experiences, education, and a constant curiosity for all things beautiful. I hold a BFA in Interior Design from San Jose State University’s applauded Interior Design program. I am trained in many aspects of design including, but not limited to, interior architecture, sustainable design, commercial design, object and lighting design. I believe that growth is important and that part of a designers responsibility to the industry and to our clients is to continue learning and exploring. To accomplish this, I am active in both the ASID California Peninsula and IIDA Northern California organizations and have served as the Emerging Professionals Chair for ASID Cal. Pen. from 2015-2016.
As Owner & Principal, I set a goal for myself to look deeper into my clients day-to-day needs - creating a space that is more than just well decorated - the space has to reflect the inhabitants and cater to their lifestyle needs.
The most cherished aspect of being an interior designer is the outcome of the well thought out and creative design. Seeing my clients happy in their spaces is the most rewarding part of the job. I love incorporating textures, styles, colors, finishes, and design concepts to harmonize a space. Design encompasses all around us, sometimes without us even realizing it, and it is my job and hope to make that design relevant and enjoyable for all."
Q & A
What common challenges do you face with customer when starting a design?
"Inflicted timelines that don't have any cushion space. The worse decision is a rushed one."
What are some common mistakes homeowners make in design?
"Rushing through material selection!No push or stern warning from your contractor (often done) is worth looking at a floor tile and getting emotionally upset about for the long term. Plan out your project with your GC and designer and make sure all are on the same page."
What do you like about design?
"Love it all. Love that I get to make people’s dreams a reality and love that I get to meet so many interesting people in my lifetime."
Are there any basic principles to follow when designing a kitchen, or bathroom?
"I actually don't think there are. Your home your design. Some “basic principles” in my opinion are: every kitchen needs adequate lighting and ever shower is better off with at least a hand held showerhead."
Where do you start when considering a kitchen/bathroom design?
"The most important factor of a beautifully designed kitchen/bathroom is it’s function. Who (and how many) will use this space? How often? What activities happen here?These lifestyle-related questions determine the materials chosen. Then, layout and natural/artificial lighting takes center stage.Following that a conversation on budget and longevity of the space (do you plan to want to remodel again while living here or not?) Lastly materials and finished get spec’d based on the above info from the client."
What trends in kitchen and bathroom design to you see?
"All white with quartz countertops.Don’t be afraid of color, texture and natural material. A good designer and contractor will guide you towards these selections in a smart manner."
What advice would you give to someone who is looking for a designer?
"Have TRUST in the designer you choose. Find one that meshes well with you and your family’s personality, vibe and life goals because they automatically and naturally reflects your homes design and function."
Victoria is an amazing Designer who Bay Stone Depot regularly works with. If you are planning to remodel or style your household, she is the Designer to contact!