Amanda Eck is an interior designer at Amanda Carol Interiors. From an early age Amanda was exposed to beauty and creativity, which ultimately put her on the road to becoming an interior designer. Travel also shaped her creative aesthetic making her realise the importance of matching personal space with personal need. In 2010, after a lifetime of experience, she finally founded Amanda Carol Interiors to offer clients access to her skill and expertise. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Amanda Eck.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
I am very drawn to classic elements but with a modern twist. I enjoy mixing high and low, adding masculine touches to feminine, and layering a space with pattern & texture.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
I like to start with a piece that either inspires me or my client. It can range from a fabric, a rug, an heirloom piece or even a photo from a recent vacation.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
I truly enjoy working with those who are masters at their craft. There is a local carpenter whom I work with who creates the most beautiful pieces of furniture and can add the most amazing details to a space whether it be a ceiling treatment or millwork in a kitchen. I also have a dear friend, Cyndy Aldred, who is an artist and have had several pieces of her art commissioned for clients. She is very detailed in her process of how she creates her paintings and it is always so inspiring to watch her work.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
I, like most designers, find inspiration everywhere. But I think my greatest design muse is fashion. I cannot look at an outfit without envisioning a room or a piece of furniture. I believe fashion and design go hand in hand and you can learn something from each of them.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
Passion by far has kept me in this business. I go to bed thinking about design and I wake up thinking about design. It is such a part of me that I could not see myself doing anything else. My advice for those who want to pursue a career in design I recommend finding a mentor, whether it be working for another design firm, or working in a furniture or lighting showroom. Surround yourself with successful people in the industry. Hands-on experience is the best teacher.