For our first Member Spotlight our current President of the IFDA Florida Chapter Beverly Stewart wanted to interview Marsha Koch (That would be me.) I of course would rather interview Beverly but since I will be the one to write most of the posts on our blog it does seem appropriate. So here goes.
BS How did you get started in Interior Design?
MK I was inspired by my sister in law who is, to this day, the most creative person I know. We were always going to estate sales and flea markets. We would get back to her house and start refinishing, rearranging and as they say now, repurposing what she bought. She would look at something and say…now, what can we do with this? She is amazing.
I graduated from Adelphi University with a degree in fine art but it wasn’t until after we moved to Florida (1973) and my son was going to pre-school that I decided to combine my training in art and my passion for decorating into a career in interior design. After attending The Fort Lauderdale School of Interior Design, I took a position at Van Sweden Interiors in Delray as the assistant to their Senior Designer. When the Van Swedens retired a few years later I opened my own firm, Picture Pretty Interiors.
BS What is your favorite part of your business?
MK I love working (or as I call it, playing) with fabrics and color. I also enjoy creating beautiful window treatments using a variety of fabrics, trim and embellishments. I love the whole creative process of design.
I find it so gratifying to watch a project come together. I am always amazed when I see it years later how beautiful it still looks. When my clients are happy I am delighted.
BS When did you start blogging?
MK A seminar at DCOTA inspired me to start my own blog Decor Dreams & Schemes (www.decordreamsandschemes.com) three years ago. I always seem to have so much to say, a blog is perfect for me!
BS Why do you join organizations such as IFDA?
MK As an independent designer I enjoy networking with other designers and industry members. I like being part of something that is larger than just my business. It is important to me to keep in touch with others in our field to stay on top of current trends and to offer my support as they do for me.