We’re lucky to have some professionals around the Front Door, and our main go-to lady when we need advice is Furniture Row Interior Designer Barbara Chandler. We put together a short questionnaire and Barbara was kind enough to answer with her home design insight and expertise. Barbara, meet the Front Door readers. Readers, meet Barbara.
WHAT DOES YOUR POSITION ENTAIL?
I do everything from photo shoot styling to furniture store design. Most anything that involves creativity, I am usually involved.
WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
The best part of my job is using my creativity in different ways every day.
WHAT GOT YOU INTO INTERIOR DESIGN?
When I was growing up my mom would take me to open houses or home tours just so I could look inside beautiful homes. Also when I was younger, I would rather hang out with my friends’ moms and discuss their house and decorating than playing, I was kind of different that way. I just followed my instincts and passion from a very early age, and here I am today always decorating or designing something, anything.
WHAT SKILLS DO YOU NEED TO DO YOUR JOB?
An education in Interior Design is important in order to learn the basics and most important to get your foot in the design door. However, a good eye for color, scale, balance, and style is a must.
WHAT’S A TYPICAL DAY LIKE?
No day is typical, if it were I would be doing something else. I don’t like the word typical; it is not in my vocabulary.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PRODUCT THAT YOU’VE CHOSEN FOR A PHOTO SHOOT?
I don’t know if I have a favorite product that I have used in a photo shoot, I love so much of our products it would be hard to choose just one. Maybe the Little Sparrow figure from Oak Express, it is darling.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE IN RELATION TO FURNITURE ROW’S?
I tend to love a classic style, it’s timeless.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SPACE IN YOUR OWN HOME?
I love to be next to the fireplace, even in the summer.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR PEOPLE NEW TO INTERIOR DECORATING?
Start in one room and make a “TA-DA” list. I would suggest your bedroom, strange I know because the bedroom is the last place most of us decorate. However if you create a wonderful peaceful environment, using plush bedding, interesting art, lovely lamps, bedside chests, a cozy rug, beautifully painted walls, fantastic window coverings, and a cozy sitting area (maybe a fireplace), you are guaranteed to start each day bright and “TA-DA” ready for the world.