Naples Florida Weekly

CARRIE BRIGHAM … knows design is all in the details

Carrie Brigham

Carrie Brigham

Taking a fresh approach and utilizing a keen eye for detail is what sets Carrie Brigham of Carrie Brigham Designs apart. And the relationships she forges with clients make the process a joy for both sides. Luxe Living’s Michael Korb asked her about her craft.

Q: When did you first know you wanted to be a designer?

A: I remember the strong emotion I had against the worst shade of terra cotta my dad chose to paint the master bedroom in my childhood home in Naples when I was 6 years old. I was in seventh grade when I finally declared my future profession.

Q: Where did you learn your craft?

A: I earned a BA in interior design at Florida State University and have been privileged to work with a few talented interior designers over the last 10 years.

This Polynesian dining space with a rawedge table includes a view of the bar topped with semi-precious stone.

This Polynesian dining space with a raw-edge table includes a view of the bar topped with semi-precious stone.

Past clients have given me extraordinary opportunities to express my interpretation of different styles. Ultimately, I feel design talent comes from within. You either have it or you don’t.

Q: Do you have a formula for how you create a space?

A: After establishing the most important element in the space — whether it’s the client’s fine art collection or an architectural feature — the rest of the space is designed on a feeling. Leaning on the basic elements and principles of design allows me to develop each space uniquely while creating an effortless flow throughout the home.

Q: How do you see the Naples market evolving in the next year or two?

A: I see people in the Naples market harnessing their confidence and going for a design style that speaks to them rather than doing what everyone else is doing (i.e. coastal contemporary). I think the next shift in design will be combining old and new in a refreshing way. I can see simplified, traditional architecture with modern finishes and fixtures, then furnished with antiques and ultra-modern pieces in the same space for a collected look — an urban, yet elegant combination of old and new.

Top: An Old Naples living room features custom Kravet sofas in a Sunbrella fabric and custom designed feature wall.

Top: An Old Naples living room features custom Kravet sofas in a Sunbrella fabric and custom designed feature wall.

Q: Is there a trend you’re excited about (or that you want to see disappear ASAP)?

A: I am super excited about the revival of updated passementerie (French for trimmings). For example, modernized tassels, extra wide embroidered bands, cords, etc. It’s exciting on many levels. Innovation in the decorative arts is long overdue. During the recession, mills closed down. But now boutique factories have opened and are supplying a fresh perspective on traditional trimmings. ¦

— Carrie Brigham Designs 5117 Castello Drive 261- 1720, www.carriebrigham.com

Right, above: A cozy family room has a walnut lapped ceiling and custom contemporary furnishings.

Right, above: A cozy family room has a walnut lapped ceiling and custom contemporary furnishings.

Right: A detailed look at rich textures in a monochromatic living room.

Right: A detailed look at rich textures in a monochromatic living room.

Far right: This foyer is a showcase for the owner’s art and an Urban Electric pendant.

Far right: This foyer is a showcase for the owner’s art and an Urban Electric pendant.

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