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Meet Marcia | Denver Customer Service

Marcia corum wiebkeWhat is your past work experience/education?
I recently graduated from ACC with an A.A.S. in Interior Design, after spending 15+ years working in Information Technology in the telecom industry and the computer distribution and reseller markets. When I dreaded waking up and going to work, I decided it was time for me to do something different. Like most people, I was hooked on HGTV and Bob Villa’s This Old House, so to make sure interior design was something I really wanted to do, I took an evening class called Fundamentals of Design, and I knew I was in the right place at the right time.

Where were you raised?
I’m originally from a small town in Pennsylvania, and only ended up in Colorado when the company I just started working for decided to move its headquarters to CO. I remember driving home to tell my Mom about the move and she said, “Go for it, don’t miss out on a great opportunity to experience something new”, and that’s pretty much how I lived most of my life.

In your opinion, what is “good customer service”?
Good customer service is all about taking the time to listen to your customer’s needs and a willingness to help in any given situation. Always following up and always following through, shows your customer that their issue is as important to you as it is to them.

How would you characterize your design style?
My design style is very eclectic, ranging from Craftsman style, Mid Century Modern and Art Deco. I LOVE a good flea market and estate sales!

What is your favorite color?
My favorite colors are green and turquoise. I’m a water sign ( Cancer) and I love the variations of greens and blues associated with nature and the ocean.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I spend my spare time hanging out with my husband Scott, dog Pearlie Mae and cats Winston & CeCe. Since I spent most of my time studying these past few years, Scott and I plan on getting back to hiking and biking throughout Colorado. We want to purchase and refurbish a retro “tin can” camper, since I’m totally over the tent camping scene. I love the outdoors and camping, but I also want some of the basic creature comforts of home.

What is your favorite food?
My favorite foods contain anything with seafood and lamb. Any baked goods containing peanut butter is heaven on earth…..especially chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting!

What methods do you use to turn negative circumstances into positive ones?
I try not dwell on the negative, but to avoid that from happening, I evaluate the situation and figure out what I could have done differently to have a better or different outcome. This way I can handle it differently if it were to happen again.

Anything else we should know?
Fun fact about me, I did my college internship with Walt Disney World in 1986 when I was a hospitality major at Keystone College. I worked at the Orange Tree next to the Tiki birds, selling ice cream cones, orange cream pies, orange juice and frozen orange custard. The best hands-on training and experience I’ve ever had with developing my sales and customer service skills as a young college student.

Marcia can be reached at the Denver C.A.I. Designs Showroom at marciacw@caidesigns.net or by phone at (303) 282-8100 x6973

 

Meet Kevin | Denver Showroom Manager

kevin branumWhat is your past work experience/education?
Before joining the CAI team, I worked in retail in the Cherry Creek Shopping District. Prior to moving to Denver, I was in product development designing furniture and lighting for several different home decor companies.

Where were you raised?
I grew up in the Delta in Greenville, MS on the banks of the Mississippi River.

What is your most rewarding project, and why?
I would say my most rewarding project was helping a couple with their condo that they had lived in for a year. The husband never felt like it was his home. His wife and I worked for weeks selecting everything for the living room, dining room, and the master bedroom. Once it was all completed and installed, he said “finally, I’m home.” It was an amazing feeling that he felt that way over items we work with every day.

How would you characterize your design style?
My design style started out as leaning more traditional, but throughout my job experiences it has definitely grown to be more transitional and has a timeless look about it.

In your experience working with C.A.I. Designs thus far, what is/are some of your favorite product lines and why?
My favorite product line is Taracea. The craftsmanship that goes into each unique piece is truly unbelievable. Also, since it is a family-owned company that has several different generations working together to make beautiful product shows how dedicated they are at growing and adapting with changing trends and styles.

What is your favorite color?
Blue.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I usually spend it playing with my three dogs. We have a lab, a collie, and a St. Bernard so they keep us pretty busy.

What is your favorite food?
Mexican food. I never get tired of it. I could eat it every day for every meal.

Where do you draw your inspiration from? Is there anything you do to get inspired when you hit a slump?
I think inspiration can be drawn from anything. You never know what might strike you.

Kevin can be reached at the Denver C.A.I. Designs Showroom at kevinb@caidesigns.net or by phone at (303) 282-8100 x6971

Meet Mitzi.

C.A.I. Designs is proud to introduce Mitzi – A division of Hudson Valley Lighting, to our DENVER location!

Inspired by the founder of Hudson Valley Lighting’s grandmother, a painter and master antique-finder, Mitzi mixes classic with contemporary, sacrificing no quality along the way. Designed with thoughtful simplicity, each fixture embodies form and function in perfect harmony. Less clutter and more creativity.
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Ani fixture by mitzi

A FEW OF OUR FAVORITES

    

 

A Sneak Peek into Currey & Company

Currey & Company’s “vision” is to create and fulfill the desire for distinctive home furnishings. They are best known for their lighting products but they also design and sell interior furniture.

Currey & Company take great pride in their products and it is reflected in the beauty of the rooms that are designed with their products, as well as the care they take into producing great products and showcasing them.

Let’s take a look at a recent blog post by Currey, “Design Heightens Romance”. Such a beautiful example of how the products within a room can set the mood; from the lighting, to wall color, to an end table. An example of this is portrayed in the hit movie, “The Holiday”. Two rooms designed for two different characters experiencing different worlds. A few of the beautifully crafted pieces designed by Currey were represented within these rooms. Make sure to take a moment to read this POST.

Did you know that Currey has short videos that show details and workmanship of their products? It’s not easy to see the interior of a product in a still photo. Take a closer look at some of the videos available. Just another example of the extensive detail that goes into the design of their products.

 

And finally hear from the president of Currey & Company himself with this behind the scenes podcast provided by Million Dollar Decorating.

 

Beautiful products, created by a beautiful company… Currey & Company!

Who is Fremarc Designs?

Fremarc Designs is one of the leading manufacturers of finely crafted, handmade wood furniture. They are a family owned business with over 43 years of expertise in their craft.

Fremarc has made quite a name for themselves as it relates to custom pieces. They are known for their beautiful beds, tables and seating. When I asked showroom sales representative, Anthony DeFazio, in his opinion how he would describe Fremarc, he said their pieces offer an updated traditional and transitional look. What does that mean? It means you can take any Fremarc piece, add it to an existing style and it will be a beautiful addition.

Fremarc offers several custom options and a variety of finishes which makes their line easy to pair with a multitude of other vendor products. They are also easy to work with when customizing and ordering due to the fact that they are small family owned company.

Here are just a few pieces we carry in our showrooms.

Old Biscayne Lunch & Learn

Thank you to all who attended Our Old Biscayne Luncheon – 

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Gretchen Gabrielli, President of Old Biscayne Design did a beautiful job in explaining details. All pieces on their website are pieces that we can build from or order “as is” in a finish selected.

The finishes are stunning …layers of washes and painting techniques.

This manufacturer has its own foundry and fabricates beautiful Iron Beds and Iron bases for dining tables as well as different applications of finishes on all of the iron pieces.

Learn More about Old Biscayne Design

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The Staff of C.A.I. Designs with Old Biscayne Design

 

 

ASID Design Excellence Awards Recap

AZ Staff and Award Winners

C.A.I. Designs would like to congratulation the winners of the 2016 ASID Design Excellence Awards.

Designers gathered in the ballroom at The Phoenician Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. Cocktail service commenced with the lovely 5 piece jazz band “Jazzola”.

The ballroom was decorated in textural black fabrics complimented with pops of pink flowers adorning the tables. Chandeliers were suspended on arc -style floor lamps wrapped in black fabric so the base disappeared into the background.

The owner of Alyshaan Fine Rugs opened the show with a video presentation on the importance of free-trade in our industry. Husband and wife team, owners of Think Art Galleries, hosted the awards ceremony. We all enjoyed the experience of viewing the award winning projects. Stand out designs included a floor to ceiling slab marble fireplace, a back-to-back sofa table/banquette room divider for a small living space, and a custom, eco-friendly, futuristic dog house.

Thank you to the designers who joined us at our table. It was a lovely and memorable evening we all shared.

2016 C.A.I. Designs High Point Buyers Market Trends by Philip Chavez

As with all things, there is a large evolution of trend within design. During spring market in High Point, North Carolina, warmer palettes seen in Feizy’s Neela Indigo rug hearkened Bottega Venetta’s s/s 2016 women’s collection, representation of color theorists from the past shown in minimalist patterns were seen in the art piled in the Trowbridge showroom and artisana products with heavy texture from Roberta Schilling were my immediate obsessions.

Adding to this mix, architectural details played with voids and solids in the latest release from Michael Berman’s collection for Theodore Alexander. His simplification of form to promote function with stunning surface finishes were stellar…thank you, MB. What really showed well at market was the explosive Southwestern palette portrayed by Hickory Chair. Their rendition of this aesthetic was astounding, and coming from a native New Mexican, that is a strong statement of approval. The Museum of New Mexico facilitated colors and patterns within the product showing and not only collaborated with Hickory Chair, but also with Kravet, Inc.

The idea of increasing the worth of primitive textiles seemed to be the most sought after ideology. Think Taracea, the company utilizing reclaimed wood from central America. Their ability to hone natural resources and induce the consumer’s feeling of luxury comes close to being unmatched. But we cannot finish this article without addressing the belle of the ball. Announcing the takeover of Kate Spade. This luxury brand OWNED market this spring. From silver bow sconces for Visual Comfort to the playful owls within luxurious fabric prints used in lines such as Leathercraft and Burton James designed and developed with Kravet, Inc., one must include a piece or two within their space.

All in all, I would have to say design trends continue to be a time to play. Play with space, play with color and play with form.

68th Street Desert Design Days

trioDesigner Amy Lundwall accepting her prize with Dana Bryant (left) and Eric Berkely

The CAI Designs staff in Scottsdale enjoyed a sunny afternoon meeting and greeting the design community at the design centers annual spring event. With the showroom under construction, the team served popcorn, prosecco, lemonade, and ice tea outside. Owner Joe Caminiti welcomed designers into the construction site for a behind the scenes personal tour. Congratulations to our Fox Restaurants Gift Certificate winners Amy Lundwall of Amy Lundwall Design, Kacie Lilley and Stacy Scharf of K&Q Interiors, and Dusty Brinsmade of Robert Burg Designs.

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