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Common Interior Design Dilemmas: An Interview with Robin Bond of Robin Bond Interiors

By Robin Bond

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

Robin Bond Interiors was founded in 2003 with the mission to impact lives with beauty by creating spaces people love to live in. It is our belief that interior design has the power to provide peace, inspiration, healing, and a sense of well-being to those we serve. In short, we believe the environment we live in is important, we encourage sustainability in furnishings through quality products, and we feel that life is better with good food, good wine, and great design!

What are some of the services your company provides?

We are a full service interior design firm who specializes in custom drapery, upholstery, and furnishings. We enjoy bringing each client's ideal space to life from the initial concept to the beautifully realized completion. In order to best serve our clients, we offer digital design services such as 3D renderings, floor plans, and design boards of their space to assist in visualizing the end result. We also provide home decorating and arranging solutions, Christmas decorating and installations, and new construction or remodel selection consultation.

What are some decorating mistakes you notice when you walk into a home?

Pictures are always hung too high! Large artwork should be hung so that the center of the picture would be at the eye level someone who is 5' 4".

What tips do you have for themes, color choices, furniture when decorating a long lasting room for a young child?

For a great children's room accessories are key. Keep the furniture durable and simplistic in color and style so the frames can age as the child's style emerges. Keep the paint color relevant to the theme, but a neutral version- lighter pinks, purples, greens, and blues can blend with a more mature style. The bedspread, lamps, and artwork are a great place to focus your child's theme as these items are easier to replace.

How do you deal with combined living and dining rooms?

Open floor plan designs are fantastic for their versatility and for entertaining. To effectively design for a combined space it is important to take stock of what that space is actually used for- if a family has a combined living and dining area, but never uses the dining area as a dining space, then it may be more beneficial to extend the living space. In general, a good way to visually separate an area is to utilize a different yet complimentary color scheme per space (Green and blue for one area, and blue and yellow for the next, so they can blend, but are still separated), and use an area rug or lighting feature (such as a chandelier over the dining table) to delineate the area.

What current trend do you think people will become tired of in five years?

Placing the television over the mantle is a trend that should end. Not only is this trend unattractive, it is uncomfortable. No one wants to crane their necks while watching TV and the mantle is one of the most fun areas in a living room to decorate, as it can be highly personalized without sacrificing a clean look.

Do you ever have trouble finding inspiration? What inspires you today?

I can find inspiration in everything from a marshmallow to nature, to a beautiful fabric or piece of art. Inspiration is everywhere in the creation that surrounds us. I live life inspired and amazed on a daily basis!

Do you have any personal design secrets you'd like to share?

Design is something that goes on inside my head - not all that different than music. I always know when harmony is achieved in a space. A lot of my designs are based on instinct.

What is the best way to reach you or your company?

For any questions, or to schedule your initial free consultation, our staff will be happy take your phone call at 512.358.7200. We also have just redesigned our website, which outlines the design process, lists our services, and showcases some of our projects. Please feel free to email us through the contact page on the website, or directly to info@robinbondinteriors.com.

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