Interior designers come to practice from many different backgrounds, fine arts, social science, furniture design, and architecture, to name a few. A well-rounded designer has a working knowledge of all things interior, and needs to be up-to-date on the latest trends as well as have a good base knowledge of the history of architecture and interior design.
Miryam Brewer, of Miryam Brewer Interiors has a background in quilt-making and textiles. She has been practicing interior design for 3 years. Her favorite thing about design is color. Miryam is an expert color consultant and enjoys finding creative design solutions in projects large and small for her clients. A recent example was a client who had just moved into a new home and had a desire to display her pottery collection. One of the most important parts of being an interior designer is listening to your client, helping them develop their own style and discover what works for them.
Other parts of the country have distinct styles such as Southwest or New England. According to Miryam, Portland has a contemporary casual living style. “When you travel back East, you see a lot more formal living spaces than you do here in the Northwest” Think Pottery Barn, with clean lines and comfortable fabrics. Miryam feels it’s important to work with a designer who is comfortable working in many different styles, not just their own. “It’s not about me, it’s not about what style I like, it’s your space, and we’ll make it work for you”.
By Jaime Ausborn for PDXinteriors.com