Cory Connor offers insight on her design inspiration, her current design market, and useful information on how she sustains her successful interior design career.
What is the classic style for your market and how do you typically style a classic home?
Cory Connor– The typical style is usually one with a family who wants a casual yet sophisticated vibe in their house. They want it to feel current and updated but also comfortable and be able to stand the test of time. For the most part, my clients have families and want to make sure the home is styled in a way that correlates with their lifestyle. So I keep in mind when I style to make sure I use pieces that will withstand kids, pets, and the test of time.
What are the key things you look for when you are upgrading the style of a home?
Cory Connor– Often we start in the kitchen where most of the action happens in the home with the family. A lot of the homes now are open concept with the kitchen and dining room. So typically we update kitchen cabinets, counter tops, and also just by changing the stain on the floor, it can really make the home feel more updated.
What are the primary colors that you use when designing homes?
Cory Connor- Most of my clients want a gray and neutral palette. People are most comfortable doing neutral on the wall and then popping with accents such as pillows and throw blankets.
What are the first things you ask your clients?
Cory Connor- One of the first questions I typically ask is, do they have a family? How are we going to accommodate your lifestyle and make sure the pieces we choose stand the test of time. Next I usually ask what their style is? Whether it is asking them questions, looking through pictures, or going on my website to give them an idea of what they like and don’t like. I really try and get to know my clients first, and that usually helps me get a feel for their taste and style.
How do you utilize social media, or any tech tools to help you visualize your designs?
Cory Connor- For me, it is always visual. Whether it is pinterest or different photos online, I go through them with my clients so we can collaborate their design aesthetic together. Also if they describe a design they had in mind, sometimes I’ll pull up my Instagram or website and show them projects I have done in the past. The use of social media and the internet is huge for me to develop my designs.
Cory Connor Designs / Essex, Morris, & Union County, NJ
Phone | 973-507-9941
Email | firstname.lastname@example.org