Emily Butler is an interior designer, working from her design studio, based in New York. Emily began her career in commercial real estate finance but in 2011 finally took the plunge and began studying Interior Design at Parsons The New School for Design. She studied space planning, drafting and drawing, and the history of antiques; finally turning a passionate hobby into a new career. Emily also loves exploring flea markets, and developing photography skills. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Emily Butler.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
My philosophy is that interiors should be comfortable, personal, and reflect not only your life, but the life in you. I love combining pattern, texture, and color to let my client’s unique personalities shine.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
I like to spend quality time getting to know my client, their needs, and then spend some necessary time analyzing the space in order to achieve their goals.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
My own mother takes the cake with this. She has always made it a priority to build homes that are not only personal, but comfortable and inviting. I am so thankful I had the great fortune to grow up in spaces that were well thought out and put together with care.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
I love to keep my eyes and ears open because you never know when inspiration might strike. Sometimes ideas come quickly, so when they don’t, it is a nice reminder that creativity takes time.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
I am generally risk averse, but when I found myself in a career path that felt predictably lackluster, it was worth the anxiety to try something new! Sometimes a little pressure to press on in a new direction is just what the doctor ordered.