Today on the blog, we continue our designer spotlight Q & A series with Danielle Lardani, one of our talented kitchen and bath designers.
My favorite part of the design process is redesigning my clients’ space according to their wants and needs and then seeing them light up at the design presentation! I love asking them to take inventory of what’s in their kitchen and designing the perfect space for all of their kitchen essentials.
I studied interior design at a private design school in Florence, Italy. This experience opened my eyes to the fact that design can be both regional and global. Style and design details are often regional, while principles of good design are truly universal. I loved being immersed in a different culture and working together with an international team to design spaces for climates and lifestyles that are different from what’s familiar to me.
The Bloom Project! This project was memorable because of the relationship that I built with the client. My client already had an interior designer and drawings for a smaller project, but because of how our relationship “bloomed,” the project turned into a whole main level remodel. We walked step by step through the process together as a team.
The advice I would give myself is to do a hands-on internship with an installer. It’s very helpful to see and work with the products in person, rather than just out of a catalog. I would have enjoyed the opportunity to experience the complete installation process, from start to finish. This kind of experience makes us aware of factors that can affect installation so that we can avoid unnecessarily complex and costly installations.
My dad and uncle run a drywall and plastering company. My family has always been in the construction industry, so I have seen a wide variety of commercial and residential projects. This inspired me to do something in the construction industry as well. I chose cabinetry design as it is a little less messy and allows me to use my interior design training to help clients make beautiful selections inside their homes.
Do: Integrated lighting. And allow it to be dimmable! Integrated lighting can also be customized to create various scenes and moods to enhance your experience and create the perfect vibe.
Don’t: Put the microwave over the range. It’s not the look that I don’t like but the function. A micro-hood doesn’t vent to the outside, so it doesn’t effectively collect all of the particles that are released into the air during cooking or frying. It also is dangerous for young children when taking something out of the microwave above the range.
To learn more about Danielle, read her bio on our meet the design team page.
To learn more about what design services we offer or how you could work with Danielle, contact us.