Nancy Hugo of Nancy Hugo Interiors
Nancy Hugo, owner of Nancy Hugo CKD
has been in the architecture and design field for close to 30 years and is still going strong. She is one of the most active Interior Designers in the Phoenix area and is well respected in her field. She is one of the few Designers we know (so far) who is very active on Facebook and Twitter and she encourages that two way conversation with colleagues in her field as well as her clients and customers. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Nancy recently to discuss her thoughts on Interior Design and anything else we happened to discuss during our meeting.
Please tell us about your design firm Nancy Hugo Interiors. Do you specialize in Residential or Commercial, and Remodels or New Construction?
I have always specialized in New Construction and whole-house remodels. In this economy, of course, we are seeing more remodeling of kitchens and baths than new build homes.
How would you describe your Design style and how does your personal style influence your designs?
The photo gallery on my website shows designs in all styles, which is why my job is so much fun. My personal style is contemporary. I have noticed in the last 5 years, Contemporary designs seem to have gained in popularity, which excites my creativity immensely.
Who has been the biggest influence on you as a Designer and perhaps whose influence might show up in your work?
When I began my design career 30 years ago, I worked for architects who were extremely creative and innovative. Their style was very contemporary – clean, crisp and functional, so I can honestly say, they were the greatest influence in my design style. I am proud to say that I see a lot of their influence in my work.
Do you have a favorite material to work with and that you seem to always come back to that is versatile enough to be used in projects of many different design styles?
My favorite material is engineered stone and that seems to work with many different design styles from Traditional to Contemporary. I like the function and benefits of this material, and as a side note, Silestone offers a green line of engineered stone called ECO.
Can you tell us about some of the notable projects you have completed in the past year?
Some of my more interesting projects included residential projects for Chilie Davis, Charles Barkley, Matt Leinart and Ryne Sandberg. Perhaps the most interesting and “out of the ordinary” project I have worked on was an embalming room for a local mortuary.
For clients considering hiring an Interior Designer, what would you want to tell them about working with a Designer and how they might best prepare for working with you through the design process?
Remodeling can be fun and also nerve-wracking, at the same time. Having a plan will save the homeowner time, money, and stress. Once the homeowner has decided to go forward on a remodel, and I’m assuming all the monies are in place, collecting pictures of rooms, items, layouts and materials would be the next step. It is so important to have some idea of what they would like before they work with a designer. I give seminars for consumers in the Phoenix area who want to remodel but don’t know where to start.
Some fun questions for Nancy:
* Favorite travel destination: New York City
* Favorite color is: Black
* Favorite city where the design and architecture have left
a lasting impression: Rome, Italy
* Favorite food: Italian
* My first job was: Checker in a Supermarket
Design tip you can leave with our readers:
Call me before you start your remodel.