The great room flows into a dining area, with a massive wooden console placed to visually divide the two spaces. A patterned rug frames the placement of the rustic French-import table, creating a space where twelve can sit to share a meal. A bar separates the dining room from the kitchen. Each room opens to the next, creating a visually compelling, fluid and welcoming space.
Assessing function before design
When Carina furnishes a property, she first walks it with the client, room by room. Most of her clients have very specific things they want their new residence to accomplish. She advises buyers, “When you are looking at a furnished space with a thought of purchasing, evaluate its function and the specific use each room will have.”
Recent clients said, “In buying a second home, we were looking for a house large enough to accommodate our entire family—children, grandchildren and friends. We also looked at the potential rental value of the property and wanted a house that could hold an entire family or even several families traveling together. Furnishing a property for rental is different as well. You might choose less expensive, sturdier furniture, and minimal personal effects around.”
Once the property’s intended functions have been addressed, Carina works with clients at one of Rocky Mountain Design Interiors’ two showrooms, either in Bozeman or Livingston. There, they discuss both what they like and don’t like in what they see to help clarify design direction. What people don’t like is just as important as what they do like in terms of ultimate satisfaction.
Carina says, “We might pick out the major pieces with the client, and the fabrics for those, and then they might say, ‘Now you go in and finish it. You know my taste, we’ve worked together long enough.’”
Shopping for interior and design work
Carina’s first career was in film and TV, a field that she describes as extremely creative yet technical. She says she “evolved into interior design through a series of coincidences.” A professional member of the American Society of Interior Design, Carina finds her new profession stimulating. “Colors, textures, everything is changing all the time.” She and her husband/business partner John, relish the search for unusual items, thoroughly exploring both national and local resources. “Our collection is very eclectic. Human beings are unique, so their environments should be.”