This week, the designer is the lovely Sandra Korka!
Now, when I first started learning about her, I immediately she would be interesting: she is contacting me from Greece! Now if that isn’t fantastically awesome, keep reading. She was an absolute pleasure to write!
How did you start?
Architecture is the beginning of arts (translation from Greek!), and that is her beginning! She studied Architecture and she absolutely loved it. She had fun while learning her studies, and since it is a broad field, there are a lot of aspects to it and it can be applied to many things.
With this, she chose to work on interior spaces: design and construct (new or old that need renovations). Now how is that for knowing the ins and outs of a business!
Anyway, she truly begins “right after the concrete structure of the building is finished. Then, all parts of the interior are formed and designed, working closely with the clients, as the end product should reflect their personalities, their needs, and requirements for their new spaces.” (Lovely to work with people that you just HAVE to use their wording! Love it! <3) She worded that perfectly and I could not have said it any better.
From there, she still works close with her clients but visiting stores, suppliers, etc. And after all the designing is done and the proper things ordered, the construction begins. She works with a very skilled and knowledgeable crew that she sees daily on the work site. Now, I just HAVE to quote her again (You can see the passion!). “It is up to the client to visit or not. I pay everyday visits on site to supervise the construction works process, as I have to make sure that the design, as well as every technical detail are absolutely followed. I pay very a lot of attention to construction details, as the details make the difference. I may have designed the most beautiful thing, but if it is not made according to the design or caring about finishes, joints, etc, then it does not mean anything and as a result, the client will not be happy. ”
She is there for every detail and every need. It is amazing to hear about and I absolutely love it.
And she doesn’t only deal from the very beginning, she helps with any and every space. Even designs small apartments! She can make any space a designed and beautiful space. Check out her blog, http://www.sandrakorka.blogspot.com/, it shows GREAT examples. Right now she is working on a project that if I talked about, this would be a LOT longer. *wink*
“Contemporary modern. That is, nothing too extreme, simple forms and lines and earth tones that do not wear out by time.” This is her choice, and I see why she would chose it. “I do not always follow this style in my work, as I design a space focusing on the client,” she has told me. “The space [will] reflect the needs and wants of the client, who should be happy to use it and feel comfortable and relaxed.”
Tips and Advice:
Since she is not a big fan of trends because they fade away after time, she always recommends to “keep simple colors on the basic pieces of furniture and play with the colors and the patterns of the parts that can be changed easily.” (Curtains, rugs, cushions, etc.) “That way, when changing these parts, the space looks brand new and this can do miracles to the psychology of the users of the space in question!” (Yes, that is her wording. Brilliant isn’t it?) She has also mentioned to keep wardrobes and room doors as light colored because they allow the room to breath. They are the bigger focuses and it may be easier to play with that way.
And the other great advice: Trust the person they have hired,” as they are trained and have the skills and experience, as well as know the market. They are on your side. They want to work with you, not against. And I would listen to that great advice. “I always, always, say at the very beginning that they should not listen to what others say, because others speak from their own perspective and with their own background and no matter their good will, things get messy and difficult!” Trust your instincts and that of the one your hired! Together, you will make something great! It is supposed to reflect you after all, not someone else.
She DEFINITELY has passion and love for what she does!~ She apologized about how much she had said, and let me tell you, I LOVED every minute of it! There are a lot I didn’t mention, but it is quite fantastic getting to know her!
Definitely look through her photos, they are amazing. The link to her blog is included somewhere above, and it is worth the visit! Contact her if you can. Definitely worth it.
PS!! She has not only done homes and offices, she has done STORE FRONTS. Like the set up of the store and everything! That is a first for me! And it is quite fantastic.