Emily’s Interiors Lead Designer, Mike

Recently you saw a glimpse into our team of designers with Erica’s introduction. Today, I had the chance to interview Emily’s Interiors Lead Designer Mike, he let me know how he started designing and gives advice for those who are interested in getting into the field.

As a Lead Designer, you’ll see Mike quite frequently. Whether he’s conducting your home measure, presenting proposed design solutions, or walking you through the selections process, he is the jack of all trades at Emily’s.

Through the entire design process, Mike and Erica work in conjunction with one another, designing to their strengths and building off one another’s ideas.   

Here are a few things about Mike including his expertise, advice, and food for thought when preparing for a remodel.

How did you start designing?

“When I was a freshman in high school, I took an elective class called ‘intro to drafting and design.’  Come to find out, I really enjoyed it, and I realized I wanted to pursue a career where I would use that same skillset. From freshman year of high school to freshman year of college, my mind didn’t falter, and I graduated with a degree in Architectural and Building Technology from the New England Institute of Technology. Since starting at Emily’s Interiors in 2015, I have become fond of the team and enjoy working with both colleagues and clients.

My favorite part of the whole process is seeing the client’s reaction at the end of a large install/renovation. Its not only a testament to all the hard work poured into the project, but it’s also the best confirmation that I was able to help bring their vision to life, and that makes it all worth it.”

What are your favorite projects to design?

“Additions are what I look forward to designing the most. Having to figure out the math and structures is very cool and intriguing to me. When designing additions, determining the roof line connections give me more opportunity to work on the actual architectural pieces of the project, which I enjoy.

On the flip side, I would say one of the more difficult spaces to design is a kitchen. In a kitchen design, the main focus is always the cabinets. There are so many factors that go into a cabinet design including the production and installation processes that require the cabinets to be very carefully engineered and planned out. I try to analyze every aspect of the layout and solve any potential problems on paper, before they become actual problems in the field”

Any advice as to prepping for a remodel?

“I would say to anyone looking to remodel, be prepared for the experience. Whether it’s a Do-It-Yourself experience or a first-time experience with a remodeling company, both require an investment of time. In the end, that investment of time and work is worth it for the result of the space transformation.”

Any advice for someone getting in the industry?

“The best way to start is to get a job in the field as early as you can. The more experience you have, the more you learn about what suits you and your interests best. You learn so much in the field, and there is no substitute for real life experience.”

Be sure to follow along on our blog and social media channels (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram & Houzz) to learn more about Mike and to see some of his latest Interior Design projects!

We’ve all heard the saying “A happy wife is a happy life,” but have you ever thought about “A Happy Home is a Happy Homebody?”

You don’t have to be a homebody to understand the latter reference. In fact, you don’t even have to spend a lot of time in your home to conclude that if your home is happy, you will feel happy too. 

This concept stems from research surrounding wellness focused interior design. Wellness focused interior design taps into our character, attitude, and beliefs – through deliberate spaces that stimulate our emotional state of mind.

Researching and achieving wellness is at the heart of numerous professions, be it healthcare, education, and even business management. Take Google for example; one of the reasons Google is so successful as a company is because of the wellness programs and resources available at the disposal of their employees.

Now, interior designers are exploring this same concept of wellness and maximizing the positive impact and energy transferred from the built environment – your home – to you – the home body.

Features such as air quality, ergonomics – the study of one’s efficiency in their environment, – and daylight access have been proven to have a substantial effect in determining the wellness of a space.

Here is how the Interior Designers at Emily’s Interiors implement wellness into their designs! You should try these too:

#1 Going Green

Quite literally. Bringing greenery as seen in the outdoors into your indoor living spaces instantly yields wellness benefits. Orchids and aloe vera plants have been some of the greatest promoters of wellness in interior design due to their ability to take in carbon dioxide and emit oxygen even at night – as opposed to other succulents that perform best during the day. Not only do indoor plants improve the air quality and humidity within your space, they can even reduce stress levels, making your home a stress-free sanctuary.

#2 Lighting is Everything

Light has the ability to work for or against our natural circadian rhythms. And while exposure to natural light can directly aid our circadian rhythm – contributing to greater productivity and steady energy in the afternoons – it is lacking in homes. In this circumstance, certain artificial light such as soft, diffused light has been designed in such a way to stimulate relaxation thus improving one’s wellness.

Blue light is also a great wellness contributor though in moderation. As seen in LED’s and electronics – blue light – can increase work productivity when installed in an office setting, however is not suitable for the bedroom due to its interference with our natural circadian rhythm.

#3 Al Natural

In terms of materials and colors. Incorporating materials such as wood and stone into your home transform a space into its mirrored outdoor setting allowing for a comforting and relaxing experience.

As for choosing colors, a neutral color palette yields the greatest amount of serenity. Different colors stimulate different emotions, however, blues and greens tend to be the most cooling and calming whilst darker colors such as black and red are more powerful and provide a punch. Research aside, the emotions colors induce are determined by you. However a color makes you feel, tap into those emotions and use said color(s) to tailor your home to you.

#4 Zen Space

Finally, designate a space to escape. While open concept can be aesthetically pleasing and allow for uninterrupted sightlines, there is no privacy. And since mental wellness is an integral part of what wellness in interior design aims to achieve, there exists a need for privacy. You need a space to leave all commotion behind. A space that serves this specific purpose and houses your means to transcend into a wellness state – be it through reading, meditating, etc.

Now these are just a few of the many possibilities on how to make your home well. Have other way you implement wellness in your home? Let us know!

It’s about time that we finally introduce our amazing Design Team at Emily’s Interiors. First, we had the chance to sit down with Erica, who has been designing at Emily’s Interiors for over a year now. Most likely, you’ve “liked” some of her work on our Facebook and/or Instagram page.

Here are a few things about Erica, her expertise and some of her quick and easy Interior Design tips.

How Did You Start Designing?

“From a young age, I always had an interest in design. My dad used to joke that my room was a museum. I’m probably the only 6-year-old who had custom made curtains. After a decade of working as a graphic designer and art director, I had the opportunity to work at a small, local interior design firm. After realizing that I’m constantly the “go-to” person for questions about colors and furniture from family and friends, my first role as a design assistant was a good fit. I was so excited to eventually find my way to Emily’s Interiors. Working here has been an incredible experience. I Iove our team, and the clients have been amazing!”

What are your favorite colors for your projects right now?

“I am such a grey girl. Every room looks great grey, because there are a multitude of undertones. A single grey can go from warm to cool depending on the sunlight and time of day. I’m also a big fan of the recent greige (grey and beige) trend. It’s a perfect color for transitional clients who are looking to modernize from traditional furnishings. My whole house is universal grey by Glidden – it’s a color chameleon. And I love deep, inky blues – one of my favorites is Polo Blue by Benjamin Moore.”

What Are Some of Your Favorite Interiors Design Styles/Trends?

“I don’t have a set signature style. I like and appreciate all trends. My job is to help our clients discover and elevate their own personal style. When clients show me photos of rooms that inspire them, I try to find a common thread that ties their images together to understand what they love about the image.”

Erica’s Interior Design Work

Any Tips for Easy Home Upgrades?

“Molding! Flat molding is a quick, inexpensive way to transform the most boring of rooms. An oversized grid pattern can instantly give a plain room some architectural interest. I recently did this in my own home and the project took only a weekend to finish. Wallpaper can also really enhance a room, and there are so many beautiful, modern options on the market.”

Advice for prepping for an Interior Design Project?

“Be sure to do your homework and take the time to hire the right team. You want someone who has a process and will partner with you. Also, when working with a designer make sure to have a cache of images that inspire you, but it’s important to remain open to what will work for your specific space.”

Be sure to follow along on our blog and social media channels to learn more about Erica and to see some of her latest Interior Design projects!