Editor's Note: I am so thrilled to introduce you to our newest columnist, Matt Rivera! Matt is an incredible NYC interior designer who is the CEO/Owner of Matt Adams Style. Matt will be dishing his take on what "interior design" really means every Wednesday right here on Stylewhipped.com. Take a look at who Matt is and enjoy reading about his philosophy below...!
There are two types of interior designers, the million dollar decorators who you pay insane amounts of money to create a space so you can tell your friends you have a “Jonathan Adler designed living room,” and then there are the designers that you bring in to work WITH you to help refine your style (even if some clients don’t really have much of it). When I was going to school, I found an inherent ignorance being plugged by the teachers, who seem to be from the old school thought that interior designers existed only for those who could afford the extravagance that is a true “custom” home.
To be fair, I love when I get the opportunity to spend the day in the D&D or the NYC Design Center picking out the perfect fabric and finish color story, knowing that what I will inevitably produce for my client will be a true reflection of my creative vision. However, I am proud to have been branded as an “accessible and affordable” designer. My clients may not all be in the top 1% but you can be damn sure that I believe everyone of them, as well as everyone reading this, deserves to have a home that is well designed, functional, and that they are proud of. One of the things that I tell every client of mine is that my job isn’t just to pick out the things I like and tell them to buy it; I also try to provide some sort of explanation of why I am purchasing each item. I want my clients to start thinking like a designer themselves. One day I will not be on retainer and thus they will eventually begin purchasing things for themselves without my input. With my time here at StyleWhipped I hope to provide you, the reader, with some real life examples of things that clients have asked me, and how an interior designer approaches different situations that arise. Further more, as readers I encourage you to utilize me as a resource, a sounding board if you will.
So leave your questions in the comments and my next entry could be about you! Until then, live well, and live with style.- Matt