An early career detour took Christine to Cincinnati before returning to New England. She found employment with an architect firm and a construction company, applying her expertise to working with clients to create the homes of their dreams. Thanks to her innate love of all things fabric, she signed on to become a consultant with JC Penney’s In-Home Custom Drapery Treatments.
Today, Christine is a member of the Interior Design Society and the American Society of Home Staging & Redesigning and loves being part of The Color House family. “The most rewarding thing about what I do is hearing customers tell me that I was helpful,” she says with a smile. As for Christine’s longtime love of fabrics, it still endures. “When designing a room, color inspiration can be drawn from any number of sources, whether it be an area rug, a favorite gift or a special trinket,” she says. “But more often than not, my own color inspiration still comes from a piece of artwork or a really great fabric.”
What are your favorite spaces to design and why?
The family room and the master bedroom. The family room is where a family feels most at ease, and it’s where everyone interprets comfort and cozy differently. The master bedroom has a particular feeling or a mood that can enhanced by good design.
What color do you love to work with most?
One color that works in most scenarios is Benjamin Moore’s Moonlight White OC-125. Using white for trims and ceilings make them clean and bright but it’s important to remember that some whites can add a light reflection that may be a bit too bright for today’s neutrals like taupe and gray.
Paint or wallpaper?
Every home should have wallpaper! The wallpapers today are of so much better quality than they were in the ‘80s and ‘90s. It is truly a form of artwork. In fact, the law of balance tells me that if more than one color of paint is needed in a room, then a bit of wallpaper will do wonders.
What was your room like when you were a kid? When I was 10, I shared a room with my 11-year-old sister. Our parents let me decorate, and I mistakenly thought contact paper was wallpaper (which wasn’t easy to remove)! Even then, I never thought that using bright paint colors was the answer to creating energy. Energy came in the form of posters and hanging up other fun things 10-year-olds like.
Is there a design “rule” that deserves to be busted? That you must work within the same paint color swatch; just because the swatch has dark-to-light shades in the same color does not mean that they have to be used together. I tend to realize a more rewarding design when colors are matched horizontally from different paint swatches.
Are you a fan of TV design shows? Honestly, I find that those shows are confusing to most people. The designers often use the style they are most comfortable or because they know what sells. I prefer to pick up a design magazine where there are different styles on every page and more realistic results.
What designer or artist would you love to spend a day with? I would’ve happily followed Michelangelo around. He had a limited range of paint colors, yet knew which ones combined would create beauty.