We are pleased and honored to have Quintece Hill-Mattauszek of Studio Q Designs, based in Alexandria, VA, share her design insights in our Design Minds series. Studio Q will be participating in the upcoming fall DC Design House, in which proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital.
Please scroll down to read the full interview with Quintece about interior design and how she uses a fresh approach to modern design infusing color, pattern and architectural accents when designing for her clients.
How and when did you become interested in design?
I have always been interested in design since childhood, but I didn’t realize I had a flair for it until college. I started watching design shows when HGTV first started airing on television and said, “I could do this”, and so I changed majors from Engineering to Interior design.
How do you describe your signature style?
I would say modern and fresh. I love color and pattern. I also love adding architectural details and finishes to a space for added layers of visual interest.
Do you have a main goal to achieve in your design and/ or rules that apply to your projects? What is your creative process for your projects?
My main goal is always to achieve a space that is uniquely designed for my client. I don’t feel that it’s my job to tell you what to do with your design space, rather it’s my job to help guide you to making the best design choices for you and your space.
The creative process in our office is to “listen”. I feel that no great design can happen without there being a good coloration between the client and myself and that requires good listening skills.
What inspires you and is currently on your design mind?
I completely get inspired by my clients design goals. I love finding creative ways to bring their dream to life. I have always floated towards bold and vibrant patterns and colors. Lately, that’s botanicals, sort of a modern twist on the tropical design aesthetic.
What advice can you share for those starting out in your industry?
You really have to love the industry and all its ups and down. Without the passion for design to drive you, it’s a tough industry to stay afloat in.
Here are a couple examples below of just some of Quintece’s client projects.
Sources from her top 5 current inspirations:
1) Furniture: Cynthia Rowley Daybed for Booker Furniture
2) Furniture: West Elm 3-tiered table
3) Fabric Pattern: Waverly Lotus Lake Ebony
4) Lighting: IC Flos Floor Lamp
5) Barware: Z Gallerie Midas Barware Set