Win a room makeover blueprint from FOF interior design genius Teri Brajewski, of TWB Design. Teri will get a sense of your style, space and budget over the phone, then provide a custom plan for your room re-do including layout, color suggestions and links to suggested furniture, lighting and accessories. To enter, comment below and answer: Which room would you re-do?
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Have you ever wished your home had museum-caliber decor? Hire a former Metropolitan Museum of Art employee. No, really.
After FOF Teri Brajewski graduated from art school, she worked in top New York art galleries before spending five years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But for the past twenty years, Teri has been using her eye for design to spruce up homes and commercial spaces. She's worked on a 12,000-square-foot residence in Connecticut, a trendy 2,400-square-foot loft in downtown Manhattan, a top NYC law office--and everything in between. She stopped to chat with us on her way home from a job in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn where she's helping design a 1900s-schoolhouse-turned-apartment!
What was working at the Met like?
Oh, fabulous -- I worked under the director, Philippe de Montebello, a large figure in the art world.
How did you make the transition from museum art to interior design?
I went to F.I.T. and got a degree in interior design.
What is your design style?
I'm really flexible, but I definitely identify myself as a colorist. I take what my clients want to do, or the direction of style they like, and clarify that. There's such a vast amount of choices when it comes to design. I narrow down the selections.
Tell me about a project you are really proud of.
I designed a home for an FOF in East Hampton. It's a modest house, and although it's not so close to the beach, I brought that casual beach flavor into the home. I did it in a subtle way with corals and teals. I designed it to be very light, airy and open.
Where do you shop for furnishings?
I try to source American-made furniture when I can. I like a lot of the small shops in Brooklyn such as Rico
on Atlantic Avenue and Wud Furniture
--a Brooklyn-based furniture designer. I go to the Contemporary Furniture Fair
in New York in May and the High Point Market
in North Carolina.
Where do you get design inspiration?
I look at the Remodelista
blog. It's like a breath of fresh air. I also recently checked out Emma's Blog
-- she's a little more international. Until I get an iPad, I'm more into magazines. I love Interior Design Magazine--
more of a trade publication, although it's available on news stands. I also loved Metropolitan Home
. I was so upset when it folded. Dwell
are also favorites.
What's a common design mistake you see?
Some people feel like everything needs to match. It needs to flow and work together, but you can mix up colors and patterns. I have a sofa with greens and browns in a very small weave, but the pillows are black and coral which go with my coral ottoman. Take that leap in color and texture.
Enter to win a a room makeover blueprint from FOF interior design genius, Teri Brajewski of TWB Design. One FOF will win a phone consultation plus a custom design plan for their room. To enter, comment below and answer: Which room would you re-do?
(See all our past winners. See official rules. One winner is chosen at random from all those who ask a question. Contest closes July 28, 2011.)
Images by Heather Weston