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Welcome to my Designer Q&A Series where I've curated questions that I have been asked in media interviews as well as by clients.

My clients are smart and always do their research and due diligence before hiring me for a project. It's crucial that if we are going to work together that you know certain things about me to see if we are a good fit. So thank you for being here and spending time with me via my blog.

Q: Which do you consider more important: functionality or aestheticism?

A: For me there is a definite balance between aesthetics and function and I think that they are both important to the design process. I believe in designing beautiful spaces that function specifically for the people that live in that space full time.

For example, I'm not a huge believer that you MUST have a formal dining room or even a guest bedroom. When clients ask me to design a guest bedroom the first question that I ask is how often they host guests. Some say only week out of the year! To me your hard earned resources shouldn't be wasted on paying a designer to design a space that sits empty all year. On the flip side, some of my clients have more rooms than we know what to do with so we will add guest quarters. It's definitely a case by case basis.

If I'm designing a bachelor's home, we may nix the formal dining space and opt for a billiards room or man cave. Something way more functional for his lifestyle.

The balance between aesthetics and function sometimes gets skewed one way or the other but it's always an intentional decision that's been made between my client and I and it's based on information that I gather during my discovery sessions with them.

I'm curious, what do you value more? Aesthetics or function? Let me know! If you'd like to continue the conversation, head over to the Contact Tab! I look forward to chatting with you about your upcoming project.


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