Designer Spotlight – Christine Churchill
Q: Tell us a little bit about how you got started in interior design.
When I was a teenage my parents built their dream home. They worked closely with the builder, but back in the 70’s in South Florida, very few people had or even knew of an interior designer. My parents had to make all the selections on their own. Being the oldest child, I immediately took an interest in the design and selection process; that is when I knew I wanted to be an interior designer, and to this day I would never want to be anything else.
Q: How long have you been a part of the Decorators Unlimited family?
I had my own business for 12 years prior to starting at Decorators Unlimited. However, I got tired of wearing all the hats. After juggling the business end versus design/creative end, I decided to join the DU family 26 years ago! I get to enjoy designing with the professional help of the back up staff, not to mention the camaraderie of the other designers in the firm
Q: What is the biggest thing you have learned since being at the Decorators Unlimited?
From being at Decorators Unlimited, I have learned that interior design is a collaborating process with not only the clients and the builder, but with so many other behind-the-scene groups of people.
Q: What style do you like to design the most, and why?
I enjoy all types of design from traditional to contemporary as each one poses its own challenges. As long as the client is pleased with the outcome, then I am pleased. However, the design I prefer to live with is a more coastal flavor!
Q: What is your favorite stage of the design process, and why?
My favorite stage of the design project is a difficult question! I enjoy all stages for various reasons, but if I had to choose, certainly the install when everything comes to fruition, and I feel I have given my clients the gift of their beautiful home.
Q: What is your favorite project that you have done, and why?
I have been blessed with literally hundreds of design projects. I think it is always nice when the designer and the client are on the same page from the start. Sometimes, it may take time to get a clear understanding of what the client truly wants, as they may not be able to convey their thoughts clearly, but once this happens the projects usually evolve nicely!
Q: What project has been the most challenging and how did you overcome it?
I think any designer will say that one of the most difficult projects to work on are when the husband and the wife have opposing design visions. I try to take aspects from both their tastes and blend them so that they can both be happy in their new home!i
Q: What advice do you tell your clients when you work with them on a project?
When I start with a new client, I often let them know that they will be very involved in the project. I find client are often surprised at how many final decisions must be made by them. The client rarely realizes how much input is required by them to give it their personal touch!
Q: If you designed your dream home, what is the one thing you couldn’t live without, and why?
My husband and I have been living in our dream home for 17 years now, located directly on the intercoastal in the heart of Palm Beach Gardens. It is certainly time to freshen up – but who has time!!
Q: What do you like to do when you aren’t designing homes?
When I am not at work designing numerous homes, I try to balance life with leisure. Interior design can be all consuming. I exercise, garden, ski, read, travel with my husband, and get regular massages – life is good!