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Get To Know Angela: How Did You Get Into Interior Design?

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Get To Know Angela: How Did You Get Into Interior Design?

From the time I was 3 or 4 years old, I loved to do what my family called “arranging.” I would arrange toys, my grandma’s antiques – whatever I could get my hands on. I also had a treehouse-style fort and had fun decorating it with old carpet remnants. Even as a kid, I was the neighborhood authority on all things ‘color and design.’

As I got older, I knew I wanted to be an artist and go to art school. I ended up going to Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota. I had a professor who kept telling me that everything I designed looked like a rug, so I figured I’d found my niche and planned to go to post-grad at Parsons to study textile design. I ended up starting a family instead. A few years into motherhood, I decided to pursue a career in interior design. After doing an apprenticeship, I started my own firm in 1989. We started out working with a developer as the go-to designer for all of their model homes. We decorated and staged over 90 homes for them before transitioning to client-focused residential design. In 2000, I opened my first storefront in Winter Park.

It’s been a wild ride, but I have loved every minute of it. I’m lucky to have many of the very same clients I had when ANI first started. They’ve hired me to help them do room after room, and home after home – and there is no greater compliment!

We’d love to help you with your decorating and design projects, too. Contact us.

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