Amy Salazar: at Home with Design

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What makes a house feel like a home

What two words best describe you?

I am passionate and determined.

What was your path to becoming a designer?

Believe it or not, I have known since I was nine years old that I would be an interior designer. I have never wanted any other career. I started out in the furniture industry, in sales and merchandising, and then moved on to sales in window coverings, wallcoverings, cabinetry, countertops and closet design. I later worked in stone and tile sales for 8 years. Having worked in all these different areas of the industry has given me the ability to share my wealth of knowledge with my clients.

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Tell us about your work.

I am a Texas State Registered Residential Interior Designer and I specialize in helping clients who are building or remodeling make all of the selections needed for their jobs, from exterior finishes and selections to all things interior. I work on a lot of kitchen and bathroom projects as well. I am studying to take my NKBA Certification exam to be a certified kitchen and bath specialist; that is where my true passion lies!

What is your favorite part of your day?

With a busy work schedule I love my evenings at home with my family. I have two busy, on-the-go teenage boys and I treasure the time I have with them at dinner. One of my sons is going to college in August and I am trying to enjoy every moment I have with him before he leaves.

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What, in your opinion, makes a space feel homey?

I think a space or home feels homey when you put what you love into the space. Color is very personal; they say the colors in your home should reflect the colors in your wardrobe. If you look better in warmer, autumn colors, then choose those colors for your home as well. Buy objects or furniture pieces that you love and collect items from your travels. When you look at these objects they will mean something to you and instill a warm, happy feeling.

What has your experience been with decorating your own space? How is decorating for yourself different from decorating for other people?

This is a good question for me right now because I just bought a new home and need to make a few minor changes to the finishes in addition to decorating it. All the designers I know say the same thing. For some reason it, is always hard for a designer to decorate his or her own home.  I think it is because as designers, we like a lot of different styles and it is just very hard to narrow down a certain look for our homes.

What is one element that can draw a room together when it feels like nothing goes together?

I think an “anchor” object like a beautiful area rug can help tie in all the colors from your furnishings that don’t coordinate otherwise. You can do the same thing with artwork.

To get more hints and ideas like these from an interior designer, upload a photo of your room to the Roomhints App.

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