All posts by Jennifer Caminiti

Meet Donna Fedor | Scottsdale Customer Service

donna fedorTell us about your past work experience:
When I was little, I would draw floor plans of my house and I asked my parents for a subscription to Architectural Digest magazine for my 12th birthday. When I was 13, I bought a leather recliner for my room with the money from my birthday. I wanted to go to school for architecture but ended up getting accepted into the engineering school at Boston University. I graduated with a BSEE and worked in the tech industry including healthcare and medical device strategy for a $16 billion design and manufacturing company. More recently, I ran the digital health practice at a boutique investment bank and ran corporate development for a healthcare IT start-up. When I moved to Arizona last year, I finally decided to go back to my true love of design. I’ve been taking a 12 month online interior design course. I met Dana at an ASID event and he offered me an internship. I’ve been working at CAI since last April as an intern 2 days a week and decided to take the CSR role part-time to learn more about the industry.

Where were you raised?
I grew up in New York in a town called Stony Point about 30 miles north of Manhattan, right on the Hudson River.

What is/was your most rewarding project and why?
I am starting my design career so I don’t have many projects yet. My first design project is a complete renovation of the second floor of a condo in the Bay Area. It’s been a fantastic ride so far. I love figuring out the style of my clients when they don’t know what it is themselves. I love when their eyes light up and they smile when I describe their style back to them.

How would you characterize your design style?
My personal design style is a mixture of modern with concrete, steel, and glass materials warmed organically by dark woods, textures, linens, hide, leathers, art and sculpture.

In your experience working at C.A.I. Designs thus far, what is/are some of your favorite product lines and why?
I love helping Dana and Claudia work with designers to find the right piece to bring their ideas to life. We have so many beautiful lines, it is hard to choose. I love Cisco Brothers for their elegant, relaxed look and beautiful linens; Interlude for their gorgeous acrylic benches; Palecek for their textures and petrified drink tables; Caracole for the simple beauty of their chairs and dressers; and Eastern Accents for their sumptuous bedding. But ask me tomorrow and I will have new loves!

What is your favorite color?
Cream.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Swim, hike, go to the gym, read, write, pet my kitties, relax with friends and my husband. My husband and I are writing a children’s book as well.

What is your favorite food?
Sourdough toast. Every time I went on long trips across the world, I would crave sourdough toast.

Where do you draw your inspiration from? Is there anything you do to get you inspired when you hit a slump?
I draw inspiration from my clients’ personalities, how they live and love, what is special to them from childhood and from special times in their lives. I love drawing inspiration from public places including hotels and gorgeous architecture. The world is a much smaller place and I enjoy looking at designs from around the world.

Anything else you would like to share?
It is never too late to follow your passions. Learn all you can from where ever you can. I look forward to helping our designer clients deliver beautiful pieces from our amazing vendors to beautify the world.

Donna can be reached by email at donnaf@caidesigns.net
or (480) 565-3775 x6932

Meet Beth Boidanis | Midwest Outside Sales Rep

Beth BoidanisTell us about your past work experience:
I am a consummate salesperson, in fact, selling most of my life. I have worked in various sales markets for over 35 years, from Fine China, Jewelry, Packaging and Lighting. Lighting is where I found my niche for design.
My experience has allowed me to foster my passion for not only satisfying my customers, but by creating positive change in their spaces. I believe that the atmosphere you find most comfortable, is the one that truly speaks to you and surrounds you with the things you love for which there is both beauty and purpose.

Where were you raised?
I grew up and still live in Northbrook, Illinois, where I also raised my 2 sons.

What is/was your most rewarding project and why?
All my projects I find rewarding, each project adds to my knowledge and experience.

How would you characterize your design style?
My design style is quite a mix, a little traditional, a touch of soft contemporary and a dab of transitional. I reach for comfort, beauty, and purpose.

In your experience working at C.A.I. Designs thus far, what is/are some of your favorite product lines and why?
I am like a kid in a candy store working at C.A.I. Designs! I love the organic nature and beauty of Hartmann & Forbes, the quality and craftsmanship of Old Biscayne Designs and the woods of Taracea.

What is your favorite color?
I don’t really have a favorite color, I lean towards warm hues.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going to movies, the theater, and restaurants.

What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is anything Greek, and Chocolate of course!

Where do you draw your inspiration from? Is there anything you do to get you inspired when you hit a slump?
I draw my inspirations from everywhere, I’m constantly increasing the photo storage on my phone. I take snaps of magazine pictures, hotels, bathrooms, foyers, kitchens etc. When I’m in a slump, I sit and browse for hours!

Beth can be reached by email at bethb@caidesigns.net

Meet Claudia Clouse – Scottsdale Showroom Sales

Claudia ClauseWhat is your past  work experience/education?:
I was a dancer in Brazil and had always been drawn to Fashion, Arts & Design. My father became a carpenter later in life and he inspired me to appreciate artisans and the beauty of being a craftsman. I also like to travel and I am amazed how rich and diverse other cultures are.
I became involved in the field by “accident”- One of my neighbors was a manager for a furniture showroom in the suburbs of Chicago and invited me to take a part-time position. From that point on my appreciation and interest grew. I went back to school part-time after my son was born and have been working ever since.

Where were you raised?
I was born and raised in Brazil and lived in Sao Paulo until I was 21. The energy of a fast moving city still excites me!

What was your most rewarding project and why?
I just love to start a project with an heirloom piece, something that has been passed around. It’s inspiring to be able to build and collaborate with your client, to envision their dream home and to make that come to fruition.

How would you characterize your design style?
Definitely eclectic. Mixing Old World colors, shapes and fabrics with a new piece. I also love Mid Century Design.

In your experience working at C.A.I. Designs thus far, what is/are some of your favorite product lines and why?
I have just started to learn about our lines, but so far I love Interlude Home, Maria Yee, and Taracea. They are clean, chic and timeless. The craftsmanship is an art form and the sustainable materials are crucial for the well being of our planet!

What is your favorite color?
Colors from nature. Greens, orange/rust, eggplant…

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to spend time with my family, friends and my dog. Good wine, listen to Brazilian and Classical music and to read. Yoga, meditation, and Zumba.

What is your favorite food?
Anything vegetarian with different herbs and spices. I cook rice, lentils, and vegetables with lots of garlic and onions. I do love Japanese food too!

Where do you draw your inspiration from? Is there anything you do to get you inspired when you hit a slump?
My inspiration comes from the lines and the architecture from Turkey, Egypt, France, and Brazil. I look into nature if I hit a slump. Colors and forms from the mountains and the ocean. Or going to a concert/ballet/museum works too. I just watched Loving Vincent, it was amazing.

Claudia can be reached in person at our showroom in the Scottsdale Design District, by email at claudiac@caidesigns.net or by phone at 480-565-3775 x6933

Meet Abigail Piper – Denver Lighting Specialist

Abigail PiperWhat is your past  work experience/education?:
Bachelor’s Technical Journalism with Emphasis in PR/Marketing

I have 15 years experience in architectural and residential lighting. My journey began in Santa Monica back in 2003. I love the technical and creative aspects of lighting.

Where were you raised?
I was born and raised in Colorado. I grew up in Grand Junction, CO. There are five kids in my family. All of us are adopted. My parents originally planned on 4 kids – two boys and two girls. My parents were getting ready to adopt my biological brother, Tony as their last addition the family. However, my Mom saw my picture or she read about me and decided last minute to take me as well. I’ve lived in NYC and Santa Monica.

What was your most rewarding project and why?
One of my most rewarding projects was a residential house located in Hawaii. There were 10 different ceiling heights, 4 in the kitchen alone. I helped my clients with Tech Lighting Monorail throughout the home. We communicated by phone and emailed pictures only. Usually, you would need to go to the location, but we all worked together to make it happen. The end result was great and there were no hiccups. It was a nice challenge and my goal is to solve problems creatively.

How would you characterize your design style?
I personally love mid century modern design. I enjoy introducing color into a space to liven it up. I believe lighting and furniture should be functional and beautiful.

In your experience working at C.A.I. Designs thus far, what is/are some of your favorite product lines and why?
My favorite product line is Hubbardton Forge because of the craftsmanship and great customer service. Their designs are beautiful and offer something different than any other manufacturer. HF also stands behind their products.

What is your favorite color?
Depends on the situation. I do like pink.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to enjoy local cuisine, watch movies, spend time with friends and family and my Shih Tzu-Maltise mix dog, Gizmo.

What is your favorite food?
I love Italian and Japanese food. Love sweets!

Where do you draw your inspiration from? Is there anything you do to get you inspired when you hit a slump?
My inspiration design-wise really comes from my clients. Everyone has their own personality and style. It’s my goal to make sure clients get something functional and aesthetically pleasing to their decor.

Abigail can be reached in person at our showroom in the Denver Design District, by email at abigailp@caidesigns.net or by phone at 303-282-8100