Tricia Lynch has cultivated her career in interior design from a worldly sensibility, traveling the world with her family and living in North America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe, including her favorite homes in Rome and San Francisco. During her travels, she developed a natural love for beauty, architecture and design. She holds an associate’s degree in interior design and has honed her skills over a 20-year career.
Ms. Lynch moved to Southwest Florida from Kansas City in 2002. She has worked at Robb & Stucky, where she is known for its color combinations, since it opened in 2012. She says that personally she loves them. spicy colors, but his work has always reflected customer preferences.
Like many great designers, she believes design inspiration can often start with just one fabulous item. And she has an eye to spot these stars.
Describe your approach to interior design in five words.
Tell me what you like.
When did you know you wanted to be an interior designer?
My father’s work moved us quite a bit, and I think that’s how I saw and appreciated all the differences in cultures and architecture. My interest in design probably started because of this, but I knew for sure that I wanted to be a designer when I was in my twenties and working for The Double Tree Hotel. It was there that I realized how much I loved the decorating process, so I went back to school for my design degree.
Tell us about your most ambitious project.
It was an 11,000 square foot house in Kennebunkport, Maine – which my design partner and I made almost entirely remotely from here in Florida. It was my first major use of communication technology to achieve something so substantial. The project was a huge success.
And tell us something about your favorite project.
My favorite project was here in Naples a few years ago working with the owner of The Inn on Fifth to update the lobby and public spaces.
What’s your favorite room in your home?
The master bedroom has been my favorite place since we bought our home over five years ago. We have created a space of serenity and relaxation. It’s a special place that takes my breath away every time I open the door.
Tell us three things that you consider essential for a large room / family room where people get together.
A comfortable place to sit, great art and the right lighting.
Guide us through the process when you start a project with a client.
It always starts with some form of interview or another. The client is not always aware of the progress of the interview. I just have a comfortable conversation where I gather ideas about the customer’s tastes and what they can’t be without.
With clients who are new to SWFL, what often surprises them settling here?
Most of them are not used to the necessary design flow from inside the house to the outside. Due to our wonderful weather, interior and exterior designs are dependent on each other.
Describe the perfect client.
He is someone who knows what he likes and welcomes my help to elevate him to the next level. It also helps when they are comfortable enough to express what they don’t like.
Do you have a design pet peeve?
When there is simply too much furniture and accessories in one space.
Any advice for a young person who thinks he wants to become an interior designer?
Remember, while it’s fun, it requires the same effort as any job. And never forget that the ultimate goal is to make the customer happy. ??