Vera Blouin is an interior designer who has lived and worked on design projects in SE Asia and Europe and for her great design is about taking care of the needs of those who will be using the space, the people. As an honors graduate of the American Institute of Interior Design, she infuses her love of nature, the arts, architecture and international cultural experiences into each and every project. Over the years, she has developed a strong foundation of knowledge and experience on the built world and loves sharing her passion with others. In the last few years, she has focused her efforts in providing virtual design services, creating exterior and interior designs and 3D visualizations but also has developed conceptual architectural building designs for residential, commercial, hospitality and sustainable design projects. When she is not working you can find her spending time with friends, doing a bit of primitive camping or fiddling around on the guitar. She is passionate about all things dealing with creativity and nature, but most importantly helping people see what their space can be.
Describe your go-to style:
My go-to style has to be modern balanced with a bit of classical design. I grew up in a home where there were white walls, white oak flooring, pretty much white everything but balanced by rich dark woods of antique furniture, modern sofas and tons, I mean tons of plants and I loved every single square inch. Freud said things that happen in your childhood effect your adult lifestyle and well, I was affected so much so that it has made a lasting impact on how I view interior design.
What drives you to design?
I design because I love people. There is a ball of energy inside me that always wants to help someone and for me one of the major places people need help are their homes. What you wake up to every morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. Not only that, everyone who comes into your home picks up on the energy of that room and it sets the mood for social gatherings, family time and even for the moments spent alone. So people make me want to design.
From where do you draw most of your inspiration?
Being a lover of nature and architecture, that is where I draw most of my design inspiration. I like to mix textures and when you look out in nature you see all these neutral tones but if you step back a bit you are wowed by the wonderful variations in the simplest of designs. However, there is something amazing about architecture. My heart skips a beat and I am left in awe whenever I cross paths with classical architecture, finding myself humbled and jealous that I was not around to see the building of those master pieces.