Lisa Gilmore-Sarnowski is a Lakeland native who, after living in Chicago for a bit, has relocated back to the Bay Area to be closer to family. Not only did she return to her roots but she brought with her impeccable design skills too. Lisa is the creative force behind Lisa Gilmore Design, an interior design firm she began in Chicago and is available for hire here in the Bay Area. Recently, I had the chance to chat with her about the benefits of hiring a professional designer.
Hiring a professional to decorate a home is a personal decision, but one worthy of consideration. As Lisa points out, “There are many benefits to hiring a professional. One thing is, a professional may come up with an idea that never crosses your mind. Secondly, implementation is key, you might have great ideas to get the process started but it takes a professional to seamlessly lace it all together. Third, we have contacts that can make anything happen, subcontractors and artists to furniture and fabric sources galore; we can take your home to the next level through our network.”
When asked how she zeros in on a client’s personal style she will start with the question, “What color is prominent in your closet?” As Lisa says, “Often that is the color most people are comfortable in. Your home should be a reflection of you. You should feel most comfortable in it. If you love fancy, blingy jewelry, then style your home with an amazing chandelier full of lots of glitz. If you are casual, simple and a khaki kind of gal, take your home down to very comfy level with slipcovered pieces and maybe a few small pops of color. Most importantly function is key and how you live in your home should be top priority.”
If clients claim to love color and but have closets filled with lifeless colors, it’s a clear sign that taking a leap from bland to bright may be difficult for them. That’s where the talents of a designer can be very helpful. “So, it’s my job,’ Lisa said, “To bring it all together and help them to live in a more colorful environment. It’s really all about paying attention and listening closely. Having a designer help you with a home is truly a relationship process and trust is key.”
Lisa describes her personal design aesthetic as rather eclectic, “I am a designer who loves pattern, texture and color. I can’t get enough of color. But to be a good designer, you have to be a Chameleon and change with every client’s personal tastes and desires. All in all, I like things to be tailored and throw in a bit of whimsy when possible.”
To learn more about Lisa Gilmore Design and the services she offers please visit her website. Be sure to check out her blog “Be Inspired, Live Inspired” too.