I spent four years after college in the Digital Marketing Industry before I dedicated my life full time to design. I worked in sales and while I absolutely loved all of my clients, I knew I needed to be more creative. I had my first apprenticeship with Robert Passal which turned into a Junior Designer Position. From there I was offered a job with Cindy Rinfret as a Senior Designer. I’ll never forget my first day, I knew I had made the right decision. Robert Passal's studio was a shared space with Furniture Gallery owner Pascal Boyer. Every day I would walk in and marvel at the lush Art Deco and French 40s goods. We listened to mellow music and designed spaces for all walks of life. All of it was so civilized, even the stressful situations (and believe me there were stressful situations). I moved firms as I knew I needed to learn more of the business side of Interior Design. Working for Cindy Rinfret has provided just that. I essentially do Project Management from a-z. Assigned to clients, I am responsible for figuring out the exact scope of work, putting together a scheme, sourcing, presenting materials, and then ordering and ensuring everything and everyone is working as planned. At this point in my career I am most familiar with Residential design although I keep an extensive file on Commercial ideas if one were to come along one of these days. I am constantly inspired by everything and everyone around me. I research art, artisans, architecture, pop culture, nature..really anything to find new sources of inspiration. It is always important to keep educated and find brand new ideas for clients as that is after all why clients are hiring professionals. What I love most about this industry is getting to know my clients and express who they are into the spaces I am designing. The goal of each space is to truly reflect that person that will be living in it.
Robert Passal: Robert Passal’s aesthetic can be described as a melding of eras. I was initially attracted to Robert’s work after seeing it in the Traditional Home’s Hamptons showhouse some years back. The space was like nothing I had seen before and I liked that. It was bright and sophisticated, sexy and yet comfortable, and his inspiration (farmer’s market flowers) made total sense. My absolute favorite project Robert choreographed was Guido Palau’s Manhattan duplex that was featured in Architectural Digest. It is timeless, collected, and curated. Robert places a great deal of attention on the details and it shows through at the end result. He is a master at blending contemporary and traditional. Robert has earned accolades from House & Garden, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, and Westchester Cottages and Gardens. He was awarded Traditional Home’s “Top 20 Designers Award” and has participated in prestigious show houses including Kips Bay, the Conde Nast Dream House, the Show House By The Shore, and Elle Decor’s Modern Life Concept Show House. See his portfolio here: http://www.robertpassal.com/
Cindy Rinfret: Cindy Rinfret’s work is well celebrated as iconic interior design. Her two coffee table books “Classic Greenwich Style” and “Greenwich Style” offer a glimpse at what she has been able to accomplish in over twenty years. The design firm, Rinfret Ltd., has Residential and Commercial projects all over the United States with the majority located in and around Greenwich, CT. With a constant flow of new clients, the team is constantly busy which has resulted in a fantastic design education. The goal of each project is to be comfortable, grand, and lasting. My favorite space designed by Rinfret is Tommy Hilfiger's Plaza Apartment. Cindy was inducted into the New England Design Hall of Fame in 2013 and has been featured in Town & Country, Traditional Home, The New York Times, Western Interiors, House Beautiful and Elle Décor. See Rinfret LTD'd portfolio here: http://www.rinfretltd.com/design.php