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Maria Perron, ASID NCIDQ, Designer, is an expert in the field of Interior Design. If her thirty plus awards weren’t proof enough, just one conversation with her and you will know she knows what she’s talking about. Her showroom, located at 13 E. Fourth Street in downtown Jamestown, is a peek at her talent and taste. If you are even mildly into design, this showroom/office space is like a trip to a candy store. There are design boards, magazines, hardware samples, wall paper books, countertop material samples and fabric choices. Maria says she is often inspired by what she sees around her and thinks of her showroom as a resource center for her clients to be likewise inspired.
Originally from New Hampshire, Perron says she and her family are thrilled to have landed in Chautauqua County. She is very appreciative for what this area has to offer at such an affordable cost of living. Perron cited the Renaissance Center and the programs offered to small business owners as especially appealing when opening her company here. She enjoys sourcing materials and décor items locally when possible and stated that she had just visited a granite vendor in Clymer. If you have ever done any renovation work on your home, you might know that finding available, reliable, quality contractors can be a hurdle to conquer. Ms. Perron says that she has built up a wonderful book of local contractors that she uses as her go-to resource. She states that it is important to trust the work to the appropriate expert. Carpenters, installers, electrical, builders, decorators and designers all have various scopes of experience and it is important to her to build a team that shares a respectful attitude towards the home or office space.
It is important to build trust with her clients. Music to her ears is for the client to say “I trust you” or “just go with it”. That carte blanche ticket allows Perron to really showcase her talents.
To view some of her portfolio, one can search her name on Houzz.com under Interior Designers and various projects will come up. Houzz is an online design site that allows people to search through pictures of different projects both interior and exterior. It is meant to “connect homeowners and home professionals in a uniquely visual community.” Maria will often assign homework to new clients to go home and browse through the Houzz site and “save” pictures that appeal to them. Once shared with her, Maria can then get a real feel for their style. She takes professional pride in the fact that she won’t let a client do something “wrong”. She loves the process of creating safe, functional and aesthetically pleasing spaces.
There is a clear distinction between interior design and interior decorating. A designer can do both. Maria, formally educated and certified, offers design services that can include 3D CAD drawings that help the client get a real feel for what can be accomplished. She says that there is both a creative and technical side to being a designer and she enjoys both aspects of the profession.
Whereas her main focus is residential work, Perron has also completed office spaces, mixed-use buildings and her current radius of projects is Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Warren counties. Available to meet clients in her showroom by appointment, she urges anyone interested in starting a home project to contact her. As her lovely website provides (vintagehousedesign.com) an outline of her process and fee structure it is important to note that each project is unique.
For those who may be unsure of being able to afford an interior designer, Maria encourages people to start out with a conversation with her about the scope of their project. It is important to have a budget in mind. Maria jokes that her services are not just for the rich and famous. A budget allows her to help focus the project and know where to spend the money for the best outcome. Educating the client and planning with them is a very important step in the process that can be both fun and rewarding. An interior designer WILL save you money on your project every time.
A successful job for Maria is one that the client can say they are comfortable in their space. She recounted a story of a couple in New Hampshire that hired her to do their porch. It was one of those “go with it” projects and she had a lot of fun designing and redoing their living space. After it was finished, one of the pair called her to say there “was a problem”. Nonplussed, Maria asked what it could be. “Well, I can’t get him off the porch now, so you better come do the rest of the house!”
Another opportunity to keep an eye out for are the workshops Maria offers in her showroom. Her last one on napkin folding was wildly popular and we look forward to her next one titled “Cabin Fever.”
May we all get comfort from our homes and design our happy place.
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