5.18.2011

Designer Profile: Interview with Andrea Monath Schumacher



I'm back from a short blogging hiatus with something that's sure to make up for lost time! 

I had the pleasure of interviewing Andrea Monath Schumacher, the remarkably talented Interior Designer whose work you've likely spotted in House Beautiful or Colorado Homes magazines.  Following her education at Colorado State and Harvard University, Andrea formed O Interior Design firm, where she has designed luxurious and personal interiors that are absolute design perfection.  Read on as she shares her unlikely introduction to interior design, a memorable African retreat and the foundation for her success.

Thank you Andrea for taking part in this series!



When did you know you were destined for a career in design? 

At 16 years old I got a backstage tour from a set designer at a rock n’ roll concert.  I was absolutely blown away by the innovation that went into creating that stage.  It was at that moment that I knew I wanted to pursue a career in set design.  Three years after that formative night I was fortunate enough to land a gig on the set of Days of our Lives, and I later worked with Columbia Pictures.   My time in set design inspired me and gave me the experience to confidently move into the world of residential and commercial interior design.   



What’s inspiring you right now? 

I am inspired by everyday items: a picture frame, a piece of clothing, a vintage photograph or my grandmother’s jewelry.  Even words or a piece of music can be inspiring.  The great designers of the 20th century, such as Albert Hadley and Dorothy Draper, are endlessly influencing me.  Today’s newest fabric introductions amaze me with their bold use of color, texture and pattern. 



What is your most memorable travel destination? 

I will never forget my trip to Botswana and South Africa.  Not only was the scenery and wildlife spectacular, but I was blown away by the design of the tented camps that we stayed in.  The level of luxury found in the midst of the African bush at Mombo Pool and King’s Camp was unreal (images attached)These tents seamlessly blended in with the landscape surrounding them, and utilized colors and textures from nature to influence their design schemes. 


Do you have a favorite project to date? 

My absolute favorite project to date is with Fluff Beauty Bar out here in DenverFluff is the hip alternative to a traditional full-service salon (it offers a full wine bar) and the owners wanted a glam and swanky space.  The concept allowed for endless creativity, which I truly thrive on.  We played with various shades and textures of whites, silvers and pale blues.  White glass Murano chandeliers, antiqued mirrors and globe-shaped fireplaces were just a few of the surprise elements we used to set this salon apart.   



What has been the greatest lesson since opening your business?
The greatest lesson since opening my business has been that the most important part of my inner success, my inner happiness, is fostering good relationships.  It's about the people, and the fact that I can positively impact their lives.  Your surroundings effect your mental and physical state and I am proud to be a part of that.   

  (I desperately want this powder room...)

Thank you again Andrea!

1 comment:

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

Oh yes, that last picture is so elegant and old-fashioned and just great. Interesting interview, thanks for sharing. Have a great week xo

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