Interior designer Ann Nordeen Parker of Parker Design Studio looks at each project as an exciting challenge, the challenge to match each client’s unique functional needs with his or her own personal design aesthetic. After earning a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Iowa State University, Ann spent more than 12 years with a large, national architectural firm in a highly creative design environment, where she worked on a diverse array of work, including two Southern Living Idea Houses. The NCIDQ-certified interior designer and member of the American Society of Interior Designers founded Parker Design Studio in 2010. And there’s almost no type of client she hasn’t worked with — from retail stores, restaurants, corporate offices and high-end residential spaces to salons and veterinary clinics, Ann and her team have the design chops and breadth of experience to tackle any type of project. We asked Ann to describe her design aesthetic, let us in on some tricks of the trade and give us a glimpse of her stunning portfolio. We hope you enjoy!
What is your design aesthetic, and how do you translate that to a client’s home?
We love taking our experience and knowledge and the client’s aesthetic dreams and making it happen for them. Our studio works hard to channel the client’s style desires and give them their look while making it work functionally as well.
Where are your favorite local spots to source decor for a client’s home?
With our diverse pool of clients, both commercial and residential, and their spectrum of personal styles and budgets, we go to a range of places, from Greg Baudoin, Garden District, spruce, Chestnut Hall, Palladio Home and Garden, Sheffield Antiques Mall, Flashback, RS Antiques to Target.
Are there any trends you’re loving at the moment, and, alternately, any timeless aspects of design that you cling to?
I’m loving color and large-scale patterns, and I love that this design is being welcomed by all. “Timeless” is in the eyes of the beholder — if you deem it important to you, it will be timeless. We are careful to guide clients towards longevity with a thread of trend.
What is your most challenging project to date and why?
All of them. Every single one is a challenge, and that is a part of my work that I love. The challenge of creating a space unique to the owner is what gets me and my team excited.
What brings you the most professional joy?
Walking into a space we designed and seeing the client using it, really seeing that it worked.
Where do you get your inspiration?
I get inspiration everywhere I go — whether it’s far away or just down the street, as well as from the folks and places I get the privilege to interact with daily. I am also a junkie for what is new in all types of design, from automotive to graphic design. Sometimes the best inspiration is something you have not taken the time to stop and see. Open our eyes and mind, and you will be inspired.
Share one designer secret with us regular folk.
Leave it blank until the right piece is found. It is your space and you should make it right for you. There should be no pressure to ever “be done.”
What are your predictions for interior design in the next 10 to 15 years?
I believe the “rules” are gone, and from here on out — free design — do what you makes you happy!
If you could squeeze your design philosophy into a succinct phrase or motto, what would it be?
Life is too short to not be happy with your space.
Thank you, Ann, for taking the time to share your design insights and impressive portfolio. For more information, visit parkerdesignstudio.com.
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