After opening DIANI Living’s brick and mortar store in 2013, I began receiving numerous interior design inquiries. So I started working with as many clients as I could take on and completely fell in love with the process. I quickly discovered a growth opportunity and, in 2016 opened DIANI Design Studio, a project driven studio offering custom design, interior and art services. It brings me such joy to help clients not only with their wardrobes but now their homes by finding just the right pieces for their spaces, from custom pillows to vintage furniture and so much more.
This year I recruited interior designer and Salt Lake City transplant Emily Glasheen to join DIANI Design Studio. With some major new build, renovations and interior design projects under her belt, not to mention a killer aesthetic and serious creative brain power, I knew she would be the perfect addition. I’m excited for you all to get to know Emily and what inspires her to create beautiful spaces.
What is your background in interior design?
I studied design in college, but took my first job on Wall Street – I needed to move out of the one bedroom apartment that I was sharing with four other girls! My first job was as an Internal Auditor which taught me attention to detail, but didn’t satisfy my desire to be creative. After working as an Internal Auditor for a large Wall Street bank, I snagged an opening in the Branch Acquisitions group of one of our competitors. I worked on a team that bought bank buildings and reinvented them to fit within the bank’s branding. Then I had an epiphany – commercial branch design was lucrative, but it wasn’t very creative. Everything ended up looking the same, which really was the goal. I knew I was on the right path, but when I took a job as a project manager for Paula Berg Design, suddenly work didn’t feel like work anymore. I realized Mark Twain was onto something when he said, “Find a job you enjoy doing and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
What initially sparked your interest in becoming an interior designer?
When I was a Sophomore at BYU, my color theory teacher approached me with the desire to purchase my final project. It was a series of 6 paintings based on the poem “Now I am Six” by A.A. Milne. She had just had a baby and the panels were so perfect for the room! There was something completely satisfying and joyous about creating something that elevated that little space into something meaningful and special and incredibly personal.
What type of projects do you take on for DIANI Design Studio?
We really want to take the unmatched customer service you expect from the DIANI brand into home design and décor. We look forward to taking on something as simple as sourcing a single furniture piece to building and furnishing your dream home.
What is your process like when you start working with a new client?
I always like to start with meeting the client at the job site to do a walkthrough, get to know one another, and discuss the scope of the project. We offer a complimentary 1 hour consultation to begin what becomes a very personal relationship with our client. We learn about your family, your pets, things you do in your home, things you like, things you don’t like. We need to understand the way you live in your home and in your life so we can create a personal design for you and your family.
What is your favorite part of the design process?
I love collaboration! The best part of the job is sitting down with a client and helping them develop a vision for their project and then bringing that vision to life. Every project is unique and that keeps the creative juices flowing.
Which DIANI Living pieces do you reach for first when designing for a client?
Fabrics, bedding, pillows and rugs. So much of the personality of a home is dictated by the soft stuff and we have some amazing vintage rugs and fun pillows in the shop right now.
What has been one of your favorite projects to work on?
That’s similar to asking about my favorite child! I love the project I’m finishing up right now – It is a 40,000 square foot ski-in-ski out home in Deer Valley, Utah. The setting is spectacular and it is always fun to work a little and ski a little.
What are your tips for quickly refreshing a space without undergoing a complete renovation?
Take the room down to the bare bones, keeping the basic furniture pieces. Only add in items that you really love (channel Marie Kondo). Getting rid of clutter is the best refresh! Then trade out your area rug with something new or layer in another rug. Add new pillows, throws, accessories and plants, or steal them from another room to breathe new life into items you already own! Switch up your art. Again, bring something in from another room or add pieces to make a gallery wall. Make sure all your light bulbs are working and add some task lighting if necessary.
What’s on your vision boards these days? What are you obsessed with?
Natural linens, fabrics with texture and pattern. Limestone and honed or leathered quartz. Anything authentic and natural that hasn’t been overworked and polished. Items with depth, grit and a story waiting to be told. I think I just described the drop leaf table in the DIANI Living window!
I’m obsessed with DIANI Living, deVOL Kitchens, Lacanche French ranges, Colette Cosentino Art, Blackman Cruz, the Architecture of Bobby McAlpine, the design of Axel Vervoordt and Caroline Diani’s Hudson Valley Kitchen!
Thank you Emily, I can’t tell you how excited I am that we met and that you jumped aboard. I’m honored to be working with you and so proud of your talent and accomplishments and can’t wait to see what you create for our clients. For more information on DIANI Design Studio and interior design inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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