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From Start To Furnish

Please enjoy my musings on all things interior design!

What A Great Interior Design Project

Just in case you didn't know it, let me tell you - time flies. 

I was recently thinking how many years I have been practicing interior design and trying to count the projects and clients. I completed interior design school in 1986 and received my certification in 1989. Thirty years! Wow! I don't even feel like I'm 30 years old!

One of the biggest honors was when I was asked by Mrs. Judy Buckingham to do the interior design for the remodeling of the Board of Regents suite at Stephen F. Austin University. I can't believe it's been almost ten years since I designed this project.

The room had not received a facelift in several years, and I was honored to be chosen to be a part of the fairly extensive project. We remodeled a kitchen in the area, used for preparing snacks and meals for the Board during meetings. The campus cabinet shop built the custom cabinets. I selected a vivid red paint color and granite countertops to dress up the room.

The ante-room is a smaller meeting room for committee meetings. Judy wanted to make that room also a display for the large cut-glass collection that a past University president's family had donated. I selected display cabinets that now line the walls of that room to showcase the collection.

The Board had grown since the last remodel and the table in the main room was too small. We decided to use the bases from that table and designed a new custom-made boat-shaped top. I selected red leather executive chairs with the university logo monogrammed in the inside back to surround the new table.

I selected new carpet that incorporated the University's signature purple yet also highlighted the red accents of the design. I specified a subtle wallcovering throughout the space as well as the hallway. My drapery workroom and I decided to keep the shutters that served to control light, but we added the floor to ceiling panels to accent the height of the windows and room. I located the perfect armless benches to fit in front of each window between the drapery panels that serve to accommodate overflow seating during busy meetings.


In the main conference room, there is a large bookcase that we kept. I restyled the items in the cabinet. My father passed away the year I did this project. In going through his things my brother's and I found his diploma from when he graduated from SFA in 1946 when it was still called SFA Teacher's College. Our family was honored to have Daddy's degree displayed in the bookcase in the boardroom.

It was an honor to be asked to do this project and such a pleasure to work with everyone involved. It's fun to see pictures of governors and visiting dignitaries in a space that I designed. As time passes, the memories of projects I did years ago tend to fade, so it 's fun to revisit. Thank you for taking this little trip down memory lane with me.

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