From designing spaces for friends to working full-time as a designer in both Mexico and the United States, Mauricio Nava brings his unique passion into all his work.
Thanks for joining us Mauricio! Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into interior design.
I am originally from Mexico City, but have been living in Houston, Texas for the past 32 years. I love to travel with my wife every chance we get, spending time with family and friends and play almost any sport. I got into interior design because I have always had a love for all design, fashion and architecture. Ever since I was a kid, I would draw floor plans and loved looking though design magazines. Even before I started my own design company, I was always designing bedrooms, offices, class rooms and various different spaces for friends and family.
A couple of years ago, a good friend of mine who owns a national retail chain asked me to design his new condo, corporate offices and parents house all at the same time. When I found myself having more love and passion to work on these projects then my current job, I knew it was time to make a change. And as they say, “the rest is history”.
What would you describe as your style? Influences? Designers you emulate?
I would say my style is primarily modern chic. I am driven by stylish, slick, clean lines in furniture and all accessories. I enjoy a space that is original and tastefully done. I don’t believe I emulate any particular designer, but love and admire the work by Philippe Starck.
When you enter a room can you tell if it has been professionally decorated? What are the tell tale signs?
YES! Clear tell tale signs are the use of fabrics, textures and combination of colors. The way the room flows and presented usually gives it away.
Texas is a state that does everything on a massive scale. What are some projects you most proud of and why?
One of the projects that I am most proud of is working on the corporate offices and home for Charming Charlie. It has given me a lot of credibility and recognition as a designer. I am very proud and honored to have had the privilege to work on these projects.
Are there any rules you must follow when decorating your own space? When should you call in a designer?
Yes. Make sure that the furniture you are selecting fits properly in its new place and that it has a welcoming lay out. You would also want to make sure that the colors play well off the different fabrics, materials and accessories in the room. You should call in a designer when the space is not functional or inviting.
We like rugs. Tell me a little about the various ways your incorporate them into your designs.
To me the rug in the room is like a puzzle piece that puts the room together. I use them to bring in more texture and color into the room. Using a rug correctly can make the room feel larger and add a sense of style into the room. I love them and recommend using them in almost every room.
Why do you rely on area rugs?
I rely on area rugs to give the room scale and additional style. Rugs also help balance the room and warms up a modern space that may usually look and feel too cold. To me, a room is not truly complete until it has a rug.
What is the biggest addition they make to a room?
They add style, warmth and color.
Do you have a particular type, size or color rug that you like to include in your work?
I love any rug that has good texture. Since I am usually working with a modern space, it helps me balance the mix in the room. Depending on the size of the room, bed or sofa, is what size rug I will use. However, I usually go with a 6′ x 9′ or an 8′ x 10′. I prefer a solid color rug that adds a warmth and style.
Any that you avoid?
I try to avoid any rugs that look too busy. If the colors or design is overwhelming in the space, it can make the room feel messy and unbalanced. If the rug is used in a dining room or bedroom, I try to avoid using a rug that the fabric is too thick to prevent chairs getting stuck or heals from getting caught. I also avoid placing any rugs that are light in color when being used in a high traffic area.
Anything else to add?
Please feel free to visit my website at www.mauricionavadesign.com for inspirations and ideas. I am always working on new projects and continue to upload new images.
Thanks for your time!