1. I am an NCIDQ certified interior designer.
NCIDQ certification was obtained after earning a 4-year degree at a CIDA-accredited university, working at least two years under a licensed architect then passing three rigorous, practice-based exams that tests the application of knowledge as they relate to public health, safety and welfare. This is the highest qualification in the interior design industry.
2. I know about environmentally-friendly design.
I have a master's in sustainable design and have been a LEED accredited designer since 2009. For my graduate thesis, I researched what it would take to re-design a building so that it is carbon-negative (a building that produces more energy than it uses).
3. I am a designer, not a decorator.
These terms are used interchangeably but they are quite different. In the most basic terms, interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design. Further, much of my professional experience was at a prestigious architecture firm on projects as large as 30,000 sq. ft. so I have a better understanding of the buildings themselves - i.e. structure, mechanical systems. This results in more thoughtful interior design.
4. I evaluate a project from a holistic standpoint.
Everyone uses a space or spaces in their own way and the interiors of your home or business should reflect that. I consider things like sight-lines, materiality, environmentally friendly design and aging in place. The appropriate lighting, textures and color scheme enhance the design of the space.