This week, we have the fabulous Pam Barthold from Pazzam Designs as our Designer Spotlight!
Find out what inspires Pam, who her favorite designer is, and where you should spend your money when you remodel!
- What drew you to become an Interior Designer?
When I was 4 years old, my father built a light up doll house with very detailed furniture and accessories. I set the dolls aside and spent hours making my own wallpaper and rearranging the furniture. I was hooked on design! I studied Industrial Design in college with the aspirations of toy design hence the first house I designed was Barbie’s pink sparkle magical mansion!
- Where do you find your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from each client – their story and family. I study their dreams, loves, passions and translate it into the trends of today. Their favorite chair that was passed down from generations should have a starring role to keep the tradition alive but blended in with the modern furniture of today.
- What are your favorite design publications?
- When designing a cost-effective space, what are some key things to keep in mind?
Whenever considering budget I always prioritize the clients’ top 5 desires on their wish list. What will bring them the biggest bang for their buck. In a kitchen, the best money spent is in a good oven and/or cook top as this is an item you will use every day. In a bath, the shower is the most important for the same reason. A good designer can trick out your home with inexpensive tile and materials to make it appear to be made of luxurious, expensive, materials but cannot trick out the workings of a good oven or shower.
- Describe a tough moment during an “install”…how did you resolve?
I layout the tile personally on the floor, create a detailed drawing, and verbally review the construction of the materials as I have a vast knowledge of construction. I try to provide all the tools necessary to avoid any mistakes but mistakes can happen on any project as it is not an exact science. Once I walked on site to review the tile installation in a bath and it was put in upside down. It was obvious to me but not to someone reading the drawing upside down. As this was not the design intent, I had them tear it out and redo the tile. Due to me being very mellow and understanding, we laughed about it and still joke about it today.
- You have last minute guests coming over for dinner – how would you decorate for them?
I would first consider who was coming, what the season was, then come up with a theme. I would go to my cabinet of decorating items such as cut glass bowls, trays, stands, candles, seasonal items, and table clothes. I would choose the appropriate items to create the theme. If I had time I would run to the store and get fresh flowers… if not I would go to my backyard and snip clippings and utilize them to create an arrangement, even if it was twigs and leaves. It’s amazing what glitter on a twig in a cut glass vase looks like lit by the glow of a candle.
- Who is your favorite Celebrity Interior Designer(s)?
Barclay Butera is my favorite Celebrity Interior Designer as I am in awe of the way he mixes textures and colors. He will mix an animal print with rattan, then pop it with a vivid orange. His style is eclectic but orderly which is very difficult to master. I stand in his showroom and find myself constantly saying, oh I would never have put that together with that, how genius, love it!
- If you weren’t doing Interior Design, what would you be doing?
I would be designing products or writing a book. I have to be doing something creative. I couldn’t imagine my life without design. When I am out and about I am always designing in my head the next best thing. I would love to have a manufacturing plant at my disposal to create all of these fun fabulous creations!
- What is the best hostess gift?
I always bring something from Tiffany’s or Godiva. There is something about receiving that little blue box or gold box with the horse that brings pure joy! All of my clients receive this at the end of the project as a thank you as well.
- Best Paint Color?
As this is always changing today’s trend is the grays and my favorite is Whisper by Benjamin Moore. It is the perfect gray as it is not too cold and not too warm of a color.
Pazzam! Designs is based out of Palos Verdes, CA. They offer both local and e-design options for anyone looking for an extraordinary interior!
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