How would you identify the business of interior design?
Celerie: First and foremost, it’s a client service business–which means your responsibility is to please someone else. At the core of the work, you are communicating what somebody else needs, their budget, the timeline, their expectations, to hundreds of different people: artisans, craftsman, manufacturers, all make up the touch points that go into creating a well-designed home. It's a really, really complex system.
What are your "go-to" resources?
Celerie: I look everywhere to find things that feel new to me, but what I rely on is much more narrow; I count on partners that follow through, are reliable and stand by their products...Benjamin Moore, Schumacher, Arteriors, Merida. I don't think I have a project that doesn't include them.
How do you leverage paint in a project?
Celerie: Paint is my most versatile tool. I know I can come up with the most complex color scheme with fabrics or art, and then take my paint deck and find exactly what will work to amplify the piece I want to highlight. For me, it's the final and broadest note on which I have complete control. Paint is the surrounding point.