Here at eRoomService we love modern design. That being said, there’s no reason we can’t appreciate other styles of interior design. Now, we don’t necessarily carry products like the ones that Carol Ruth Weber of Weber Life Design uses in her work, but we can definitely appreciate her art and contribution to the field. Honestly, we think modern furniture looks the best to us, but we realize it’s art and no matter what you say, there is no wrong or right when it comes to art.
Carol Ruth Weber uses her skills as an Interior Designer producing services for individuals and businesses.
Carol’s Projects comprise of consultations with clients, measuring of space, choosing of furnishings and finishes, detailed specifications, the computer design and layout of floor and furniture plans, electrical plans, reflected ceiling and lighting plans, elevations, sections, and details using AutoCAD. She really has the entire job covered and will do what she can to make sure the room works for the person who’s gotta be in it!
She assists clients with the daily battles to find enough time in every day to do all that is needed to do in order to enjoy their life and to be happy with their surroundings.
eRoomService: Why did you pick and how did you break into the admittedly competitive industry of interior design?
Carol Ruth Weber: I began my career as a Theatrical Costume and Set Designer and segued into the world of Interior Design. As a child of an Interior Designer, I grew up in my father’s Decorating store and was drawing pictures of sofas at age 5. I guess it was destiny.
eR: Are you noticing any trends starting to build in interior design that might be big in the coming year?
CRW: Eco-friendly trends are here to stay. They help the environment while also assisting economically.
RECLAIMED: This usually refers to wood since you will be saving the life of a tree. Reclaimed means the wood has not been taken from a tree that is still living. Instead the wood from an existing source is used; think old buildings, doors, windows, furniture, railroads, or trees that were already fallen and dead.
RECYCLED: Anything that has been created from an existing product is recycled. This is a great way to use your imagination.
REPURPOSED: This is similar to reclaimed and recycled. A repurposed item is anything used for something other than its original job, saving it from becoming landfill.
RENEWABLE: This refers to materials made from plants that are quick-growing and easily replaceable.
eR: Have any tips for people can add value to their home without spending too much money?
CRW: 1. A fresh coat of paint can make a room look new, get rid of old, musty carpeting.
2. Add or repair the decks, patios, and porches. These areas expand your living space.
3. Finish the Basement and/ or Attic spaces. Put a cedar closet in the basement. Add a playroom, gym, or office and guest room with an extra bath. Make the attic into a loft.
eR: What are the three biggest things you notice when you’re walking into a home you’re about to decorate?
CRW: 1. Space; if the space needs organization and decluttering or less furniture.
2. Wall and floor covering; are they clean and neat or dirty and messy. This will tell me what type of finishes to specify.
3. Style: some people have there own sense of style and color, others have no idea and want me to totally guide them. Key is to listen to the client.
eR: What is the hardest part of the job?
CRW: Making sure that the client is happy and completely satisfied from start to finish. An unhappy client trickles down to everyone involved.
eR: What is the most rewarding part of the job?
CRW: Seeing my “completed work of art” and being enthusiastically appreciated and thanked by the client.
eR: Favorite piece of furniture?
CRW: I do not have a favorite piece of furniture. Sometimes I see an unique sofa or table and will set it as the centerpiece of the room or use an amazing fabric for accent.
eR: Favorite room to decorate?
CRW: All rooms become art to me. I love designing my own cabinetry like in a kitchen, bathroom or media room. I also enjoy planning an entire space including designing additions to a home. The project is like a puzzle to me and in the end, when all the pieces fit together, it becomes a beautiful, completed picture.
eR: What inspires your work?
CRW: The people that I am doing the work for inspire me. Sometimes they enjoy collecting items that I will tie into the designs. The architecture also inspires me as well. I go with the flow.
eR: What advice do you have for people wanting to break into interior design?
CRW: This is a very difficult time to try to get work in any creative field. I recommend learning REVIT along with AutoCAD. REVIT is going to be the computer design of the future. You must be environmentally aware. Study LEED and understand how everything we use has an impact on the environment.
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