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Getting to Know Us! An Interview with Molly Simmons

Molly Simmons ASID


1. How has your aesthetic evolved?

Probably through growing older and becoming more experienced…earlier I was influenced by traveling yet now by day to day living.

2. What are your inspirations?

 I get inspired by room setting photography. Analyzing the images and pulling inspiration for design.  

3. What is the essential element of any room?


4. What are your three must-haves?

 Lucchasse cowboy boots, sunlight, and fun music.

5. What piece of advice would you give to someone starting out in the design industry?

 Work toward being well-rounded in your design capabilities, things you engage in daily could ultimately be a design opportunity. Remember everyone deserves good design you never know how someone thinks about design.

6. What is the last place you saw that made you think, I wish I’d done that?

 Latest issue of Interiors Magazine (February – March 2010) “Cadence of Grace” feature by Lynne Scalo.

7. How has the economy affected design?

People will make decisions on how they spend money based on perceived value.

8. What are you reading right now?

 The Virtuous Woman, Red Badge of Courage with my 12 year old son.

9. If you weren’t in interior design, what would you be doing?

 Landscape design.

10. Favorite paint color and why?

 Clunch White by Farrow and Ball. The perfect backdrop for 1,000 other colors.

11. How did you get started in this field?

 As a child my mom’s best friend was an interior designer and I used to go rug shopping with her and places all throughout Wilson. I have never thought about doing anything else.

12. Where’s your favorite place that you’ve traveled?

Prague in the Czech Republic – it was beautiful but war torn. At 24 years old I could see through the grime and poverty…the buildings and cobble stone streets were beautiful. You can not mask that kind of beauty.

13. What do you enjoy most about what you do?

Interacting with wonderful people outside and inside the office. People reach out to us for positive change, which usually initializes a great relationship.

Interviewed by: Judy

To see Judy’s Profile click here or head to the Designer Profiles category. On March 18th we will be interviewing our Business Administrator Laurie Webster so check back then!

I love my job!: Molly’s Helicopter Ride At Lake Gaston

I have to wonder if there are many other professions where you get to work on fabulous projects from beginning to end, interact with amazing clients and develop relationships with so many talented people. This is then topped only by… yes… a helicopter ride with some of these people to view the finished projects.

Check out these great shots taken through the tree canopies at beautiful Lake Gaston. I will admit I was a little nervous, but I quickly got beyond the butterfly stomach and could focus on the opportunity at hand.

Living Green: 2009 Green Home Tour Presented by Stock Building Supply

The 4th Annual Green Home Tour presented by Stock Building Supply is running May 2nd 10am-6pm and May 3rd noon-6pm across 6 counties in the Triangle area. Design Lines provided the interior design services for the entry by Rufty Homes. This house is worth checking out!

The house is located in Preston Grande II on 111 Trellingwood Drive in Morrisville. Click here for a map.

Molly Simmons, ASID of Design Lines was part of the team Rufty Homes, Inc. put together who designed and built a home that was not only beautiful for the client but also one that was environmentally friendly. The green approach is documented in a set of guidelines put out by the Green Home Builders of the Triangle Green Building Initiative.

The green design included a selection of the following:

• Kitchen counter tops came from recycled glass- Rockin ‘teriors

• Cabinetry met green specifications- used with no formaldehydes

• Solar panels are used to heat the water

• Carpet was made using recycled material

• Water based floor stain instead of chemical based was used

• Hardwood floors were sourced locally to cut down on energy expense of transportation

Energy Star appliances and windows

• Sprayed foam insulation to increase thermal envelope effectiveness

• Siding with EPA approved borates

(Visit the house to see a complete listing of the green features.)

Being green does not have to be tiring, time consuming or an after thought; but rather should be efficient, beautiful and best of all environmentally sound.

Molly’s Find: Lighting!

Designer Molly Simmons is always finding beautiful items to place in her client’s homes. A few days ago the following page from the Anthropologie catalog was open on the Design Lines Lunch Table:

Wouldn’t this lamp in ivory porcelain look fantastic on a buffet in a kitchen or a dining room? We love the bit of whimsy it could add to a formal asethetic.

These cloisonne lamps are also very beautiful and could add some color & pattern to a mostly neutral space.

I hope to showcase more of Molly’s finds in a bi-monthly blog series. Be on the lookout for more items spotted by Molly.

Product Photos from the Anthropologie Website.

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