Claire M.

Claire has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Interior Architecture and Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She has always been fascinated with interior design, and more specifically, with its ability to affect our moods and behaviors. She believes that well-designed spaces not only provide function, but also elicit a positive emotional response. Claire has worked on a variety of commercial and residential projects and enjoys the challenge of creating spaces that inspire her clients.

We know you love designing, but what about it do you love most?

I love the challenge of using design to form solutions for my clients. A thoughtfully designed space can motivate families to spend more quality time together, make working in a home office more inspiring, and can even evoke a behavioral response (like becoming more organized or more relaxed at home). I love that every project is totally unique because the design solutions are tailored specifically to each client.

Tell us your biggest design secret:

Great design should not need to call attention to itself- it should simply be felt. Style, of course, should be noticed, but a well-designed space should innately project a sense of balance, rhythm and comfort for the users.

From where do you draw most of your inspiration?

History! It has always been my favorite subject in school and I love to design with a sense of appreciation for it. We can learn so much from historical architecture, a building's site history, or design styles adapted from a historical time period. I also enjoy learning about my client's personal history; to me, it is important to incorporate mementos or items that recall happy memories for them