What is your design style/philosophy?
Gigi: I believe design should be timeless while being functional and comfortable, whether it's traditional, modern or something in between. Each client is unique, and I want their project to reflect them and speak their language and lifestyle. And fun, design should be fun!
What does it take to deliver exceptional design?
Gigi: It's important to really listen to the client and understand their likes and dislikes. It's our job to educate the client about the options and help them select the best solutions for their project as well as being an advocate for them. Continually educating yourself and being collaborative with a team of industry professionals ensures the best project for your client.
What advice would you give to someone just starting a design career?
Gigi: Get a degree in Interior Design and take as many business classes as you can. Join a professional member organization and get NCIDQ certified. Work for a firm whose work you admire and build relationships with other industry professionals such architects, builders and vendor showrooms.
How has the industry evolved since you started?
Gigi: The introduction of HGTV brought design into the mainstream. The internet offers a wealth of resources for inspiration with Pinterest as well as most shelter magazines being easily accessed online for fresh content.
Tell us a place in St. Louis that inspires you in your career.
Gigi: Anytime I can visit the Art Museum I find new inspiration. The Art Museum showcases such a diversity of art and cultures. I love the decorative arts wing filled with everything from gorgeous antiques to ultra modern pieces.