Designer Spotlight – Tina Margrander
“I have never pushed my personal style on a client because it’s their home and it always should reflect their likes and style.” – Tina Margrander
We love to see the unique qualities that each designer possesses – it’s what makes their work one-of-a-kind! As we continue our Designer Spotlight’s blog series, today we share with you Tina Margrander from Tina Marie Interiors. Tina discusses with us her upbringing, why she became a designer, and more!
Q: Tell us a little about your background:
A: I’ve lived in the southwest Florida area since 1993. I received my Associates of Arts from Edison Community College with a degree in Architectural Design in 1999. I then graduated Cum Laude from University of Florida, College of Design, Construction & Planning with a bachelor degree in Interior Design in 2003. I decided to move back to southwest Florida soon after I graduated and I’ve worked in the Naples area doing high-end interior design for the past 16 years.
Q: How and why did you decide to get into design?
A: I’ve always been creative, whether it was art, theater or dance. When I was a senior in high school, I participated in dual enrollment at Edison Community College. At that time I needed to pick a degree major so I chose Architectural Design. After I transferred to University of Florida, I decided I wanted to have more involvement with the interior of a space rather than the building itself. So I changed my major to Interior Design and I’ve loved it ever since.
Q: You recently left a company to start your own. Tell us a little about that decision and your new company:
A: I felt it was time for me to pursue my own business and make my own name within the design industry. I’ve worked for a variety of good companies over the years, but I felt I was ready to take the next step in my career. I love doing residential interior design and that’s what I plan to continue to do with my new company.
Q: Which style do you most associate with when designing?
A: I personally love soft coastal contemporary, but my clients are my focus when I’m helping them with their homes. I get to know them and what style they enjoy and build off of that. I have never pushed my personal style on a client because it’s their home and it always should reflect their likes and style.
Q: Tell us about a project where you used material from UMI:
A: I worked on a kitchen remodel in Miromar Lakes and my client wanted something fun and unique for her bar area. I suggested a Vetrazzo countertop (Floating Blue featured below) and then we picked a beautiful aqua blue color for the cabinets. When it was all finished it was gorgeous!
Q: If there was anything else in this world you could do, other than what you do now, what would that be?
A: I would love to travel around the world to see all of the architectural wonders that I learned about in college!