Arizona designer Mary Fisher listens to the needs of her clients and designs them the space of their dreams.
Thanks for joining us, Mary. Tell us a little bit about how you got your start in interior design?
I graduated with a BA in Art and began my career as a file clerk for a utility company when I found out they were looking for a kitchen designer. I was selected to design for them and have specialized in kitchen and bath design since 1963. My father was a building contractor so construction was very familiar to me and I embraced the challenges which often arise on projects. Today, with open kitchen plans, the integrating color, fabrics, and textures calls upon my interior design skills to successfully design make the necessary spatial transitions.
You live and work in Arizona. What are some Arizona-like themes you carry into your design. Is there a big Mexican influence in the designs you see in the area?
Arizona design is influenced by many factors. The natural beauty of the desert, colors of desert sunsets and sunrises all play a part in the colors used in interiors.
There is no one AZ style. The colors, textures and forms of Mexico are often found in many Arizona homes. Organic architecture is the backdrop of more contemporary homes. There many different neighborhoods in Arizona that reveal Spanish Colonial, Spanish Revival, Territorial, Traditional, French, Contemporary, and what I call “builder eclectic”.
All spaces are unique, but in Arizona you must find that there are design features every client wants. Which are most popular? Any type of furniture or finishing you find dependable in pleasing your client?
Easy-care materials are common among features requested by my client. Sun-bleached woods, dark-rich woods, and painted finishes can be found in abundance.
Their use is dictated by the direction of style. Functional, multi-use furniture is also popular.
What are you first priorities when meeting a new client in a new space? How much are you matching their needs to your design experiences and current forms of inspiration?
My first priority is to listen to the client. Then we match their needs with design applications to successfully complete their space.
Arizona has grand hallways and with that comes nice hardwood floors, and eventually some area rugs. Tell us how you use rugs in your designs.
Because we specialize in kitchens and baths, we find area rugs one way to help control sound emitted from these spaces filled with hard surfaces. They are also a solution to adding color and texture to the space while creating a more resilient surface on which to stand.
Do you have a type of area rug that you lean on most? Or is it a case-by-case basis?
Every area rug is selected case-by-case. I consider color, size, texture, quality, and it’s ability to be cleaned. Patterns must also be compatible with the other finishes and patterns in the space.
Is there a price limit on what you’ll spend on the rug?
Budget considerations must always be met, but the quality of the rug is key.
Any words of design advice for the wannabe’s out there?!
Learn all you can, observe nature’s color, form, texture and learn to listen.
Where can readers see your work, or make an appointment for consultation?