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Designing a Modern Home with Style: An Interview with Kathy Entessar of EIA & Company, Inc.

By Kathy Entessar

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

EIA & Company, Inc. is a full service commercial and residential interior design firm located in Palos Verdes Peninsula, (Los Angeles Ca). Owner and designer Kathy Entessar, ASID, GREEN AP. is an award winning designer with over 25 years experience in the design and construction field both locally and internationally. At EIA & Company, Inc. our mission is to provide the highest quality design services through a comprehensive approach to each project. We offer innovative & unique design solutions where ordinary ideas become extraordinary projects with the very best in interior design and customer care.

What are some of the biggest decisions that a homeowner will need to make about the design of a modern home?

Some of the biggest decisions a homeowner will need to make about the design of a modern home is to pay attention to the overall space and how their everyday lifestyle fits into that space.

They may need a large open area to entertain, then the kitchen is an important part of the overall design. They must discuss their needs with their design professional who will guide them through the entire process and will design a space that is not only beautiful, yet functional at the same time.

What is your design philosophy, or style, with including raw elements in order to create a modern feel?

My design philosophy is simple, design for the market. A custom design is given to each project to create a modern feel. In the beginning of each project, I get to know my clients well to design a space that suits their lifestyles well. I use natural elements in my design to break down some of the "harsh" lines that appear in a modern home.

What are some important design elements that define a modern styled building or home?

Shapes, colors and materials are some of the important design elements that define a modern style building or home. There needs to be a complete harmony between these elements to make the space come alive. For example, a modern style building can have a very sculptural shape with unique materials and finishes to present it as a beautiful home.

What are some of the misconceptions you've come across when it comes to modern homes?

Some of the misconceptions I've come across when it come to modern design homes are that modern design is very "cold", which I think quite the opposite. A well designed modern space can be extremely elegant and warm using the right finishes and materials. Proper use of color and lighting can also bring warmth and beauty to any space.

What advice would you give a client who wants a modern home that combines progressive design and comfort?

The best advice I can give a client who wants a modern home that combines progressive design and comfort is to stay true to who they are and what they like. Maybe look at different publications and keep journals of what appeals to them. Also, talk to several design professionals until they find the one who understands their needs, also Keep the line of communication open with their designer. Enjoy the journey and have fun!

What's the best way for people to get in contact with you and your company?

The best way for people to get in contact with me is to either call my office: 310-265-9020, or they can send me an email: kathy@eiainteriors.com

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