In our ongoing Designer Spotlight Series, we talk with interior designers and architects to see what inspires them, and get insights to how they approach creating beautiful spaces. In this Spotlight we talk with Stacy Miller and learn about her process and experiences as a designer.
Stikwood: How long have you been in business as an interior designer?
Stacy: 20 years.
Stikwood: Tell us a bit about your business and experience:
Stacy: After earning a degree in Communications from Northwestern University and working for several years in public relations, I followed my passion and returned to school for 3 years to earn a degree in interior design. My career in interiors began in Chicago working in the hospitality and commercial arena. I now reside and practice in Jupiter, Florida, spending more time on residential interiors. I love the thrill of remodeling and breathing new life into spaces that are tired or no longer serving their purpose; and, I also welcome new construction projects and the opportunity to start with a blank slate. Like most designers, I have been influenced by so many people and spaces along the way and I hope that enhances my work and the services I provide my clients.
Stikwood: We love how effortlessly you seem to bring personality into your designs. How has Stikwood played a part in helping you do so?
Stacy: Stikwood has helped me to easily, and affordably, bring visual interest, texture and warmth into spaces. It’s an easy product to work with and offers a great return on investment.
Stikwood: What would you say is your “signature style”?
Stacy: My primary focus is what I call “collaborative design.” I believe that the successful design of a space hinges on the functional requirements and aesthetic desires of the people who inhabit the space. I enjoy working in a variety of styles from traditional to modern, coastal to industrial, very often mixing elements of more than one style. Learning the needs of each client, the way they function in each space, determining their aesthetic preferences and discovering what excites them is paramount in creating great designs.
Stikwood: What was your favorite project using Stikwood products? What made it so special?
Stacy: A wonderful couple asked me to help redesign their living room. They both naturally gravitate toward modern design but also cherish several traditional pieces of sentimental value. They were unsure how to create a room for family and friends in which they could relax and enjoy, yet conceal, an extensive collection of wine and liquor. Using Stikwood’s reclaimed wood panels allowed us to bridge the gap between their heirlooms and antique artwork and their modern chrome and glass table, Donghia sofa and custom cabinetry (to refrigerate and house wine and alcohol). I love the contrast between the texture of the reclaimed wood above and the smooth honed stone counter and high gloss cabinetry below.
Stikwood: What is your best piece of advice to offer someone who wants to redecorate a room on their own?
Stacy: The work up front is critical -- don’t just dive right in. Concentrate first on function -- what happens in the room and how will all of the areas of the space within the room be utilized? Create a list of your needs/requirements and your desires. Also gather images -- digital or hard copy -- of rooms, items, colors and materials that inspire you.
Stikwood: Where can people go to find out more about your services?
"Learning the needs of each client, the way they function in each space, determining their aesthetic preferences and discovering what excites them is paramount in creating great designs."
"Stikwood has helped me to easily, and affordably, bring visual interest, texture and warmth into spaces."