January Member Spotlight: Julianna Mathers
When did you realize that you wanted to become an interior designer?
My mother is a fine artist, seamstress and designer, and I grew up in aesthetic environments, fabric stores, and amidst renovations. My love for beautiful interiors was established at a young age. As a young woman I worked in the corporate marketing world but loved decorating my tiny apartments and devouring shelter magazines, reading them cover to cover. As a young mom I began working for an ASID architect and designer and that’s when I realized I wanted to combine my personal passion for interiors with my business experience and turn it into a vocation. My work started organically with friends asking for help with renovations and decorating. It grew from there.
Who was the first interior designer to make an impression on you?
What are some of the things that influence you, aside from furniture and décor?
What are your go-to basics?
Are you seeing any particular style requests trending amongst your clients?
Multifunctional living environments have been common requests. Folks are really claiming their homes for how they personally live and I love that! I’ve turned a formal dining room into a wine and game room, and I’ve added bunkbeds to the back wall of a media room to make it a sleep over spot for cousins and future grandkids. And of course, we are needing to eke out study spaces and home offices wherever we can. I’m also renovating a lot of bathrooms. People are home so much more, and they really want the most used spaces in their homes to feel fresh and updated.
What’s been your career highlight to date?
What’s the most treasured item in your own home?