While visiting the Charlotte Design Center, we got to meet expert Patricia Weeks, and to chat about her experience with the Furniture Row, her style, and what makes the southern city’s interior designs come to life.
Patricia’s beginnings in retail and visual merchandising with Furniture Row make her a wonderful design resource: She is able to guide the shopping process with her product familiarity, while helping customers bring their visions to life with her skills as an interior decorator. If you’re in the Charlotte area, be sure to stop by Sofa Mart to take advantage of Patricia’s expertise! Don’t miss her interview–and stay tuned for more from the Design Studio at Furniture Row. — Thanks, Patricia
What is your history with Furniture Row and the Design Center? I started as a sales consultant at store #279 in January 2011, when the store first opened. 6 months later I moved to Davenport, Iowa as a Regional Visual Merchandiser. I was in Iowa for 8 months before I was transferred to Louisville, Kentucky as a RVM. After living in KY for a year and a half I was offered the position of Interior Design Consultant at the Charlotte, NC location. I was excited about moving back home and taking this new position. I love this position because I’m doing what I love! I merchandise the showrooms in both Oak Express and Sofa Mart and I help customers with their design needs in their home. It’s the best of both worlds for me.
In a nutshell, what does this program offer customers? The free design program helps reassure the customer they have made the right choice for furniture in their home. It also helps them see the potential to make their house a home by adding finishing touches of a rug, lamps and accessories. For the customer that has a problem with space planning and visualizing color, the design service is an awesome resource!
Is there a signature style in Charlotte, NC? What are the characteristics of a “traditional Charlotte home?”
Historically Charlotte has been a very traditional market. However, with the influx of banking and NASCAR, the style is changing. There isn’t one specific style anymore. We have clients looking for everything from contemporary, to industrial, to traditional.
What’s your signature style?
I would say my style is very relaxed. I love mixing in the industrial look of our Lost & Found pieces with a big comfy sofa. A style you can “live” in—furniture that you aren’t afraid to use. You need to be able to come home after a long day and kick your feet up.
Where do you start when helping a customer?
I like to start with finding out as much about the client and how they are going to use their furniture and space as I can. It’s very important to know their needs and wants so I can present them with the right design options including fabric or leather color, style and layout of their room
Do you currently have any projects to share with the Front Door?
I’ve been working on a condo project in downtown Charlotte. They were in need of practically everything. It’s still a work-in-progress, but it has been fun for me to add all of the little extras to help make it a home for this client and his two daughters. I even did plants for them that helped add the finishing touch to all of the Furniture Row furniture and accessories.
Do you see any trends forming this fall, leading into 2015?
The main trend I am seeing for 2015 is that the industrial look will continue. Our Lost & Found collection is amazing and blends very well with everything we have to offer.
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