We had the good fortune of connecting with Pamela Chelle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pamela, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
Interior design impacts your life on a daily basis, everywhere you go, whether you realize it or not. It is truly about creating an experience – we are artists and storytellers, working within the parameters of building codes. The human experience is deeply impacted by the design of any occupied space. From your home, to your favorite restaurant, to your child’s school, your closest airport, your office building, your favorite hotel, your doctor’s office, and even your grocery store, Our industry is extremely broad, and we have a significant impact on daily lives. Our job is to elevate your experience and evoke emotion, while always keeping in mind the health, safety and welfare of our end user.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The business of interior design is a tricky hybrid blend. It combines so many different skillsets – creative artistry, vendor resourcing, project management, budgeting, software wizardry, and of course…occasional marital counselor! I’ve been extremely fortunate to work for several design firms throughout my career with various specialties – custom and spec development homes; resort & spa design; restaurants; multi-family apartment buildings. Having such a broad experience base throughout my career has given me the ability to be an asset and advocate for our clients in any construction and design scenario. Our project successes are based on our client relationships, as we learn the ins and outs of their lifestyles, family dynamics, daily habits, and financial situations. We always want to ensure that we are a fit for our clients needs, and they are a fit for our working style, as the most successful designs we create are collaborations built on trust. Our team has fun, and we enjoy what we do! Our end goal is always the same – to exceed our client’s expectations by creating inspirational, livable spaces, that truly function.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Can’t wait, when does the babysitter arrive?! Fortunately, my best friend is adventurous and outdoorsy. We would hop on bikes at home in West Highlands, and head out to Golden on the Clear Creek Trail, ride Lookout Mountain, and stop at New Terrain Brewery on our way back. Another day we would bike down to Terminal Bar at Union Station for the grand tour, head back up the hill to Happy Camper or El Camino. We would shop on 32nd and on Tennyson St, and of course go to a show at Red Rocks (any show will do), We would stay a night at the Halcyon in Cherry Creek, enjoy the pool, and hopefully get into the B&GC speakeasy that evening. Some of the best memories I’ve had are outside the city, so we’d adventure up to our house in Fairplay for a few nights. We would day-trip to Breck and take the Gondola up to the Fun Park to enjoy the views, and shop downtown Breck. We would go rafting in Buena Vista, and hike a collegiate peak, maybe camp for a night.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My path to success in interior design has certainly not been linear, and is a continual work-in-progress story. I attended college with a Division I swimming scholarship, and graduated with a Business Economics degree. After several years working in marketing, I realized my career path was internally not fulfilling, and went back to school for an Interior Design degree. There were no shortcuts, and I was laser focused on creating my own destiny. Getting actively involved with professional organizations such as ASID and NEWH tremendously helped with networking in the interior design industry. I also found my intense passion and enthusiasm for residential construction only intensified about 15 years ago while working for a design firm in Winter Park and the surrounding Grand County area. In addition, I’ve been extremely fortunate to work for several intensely talented interior design and architecture teams, including Carlos Alvarez & Carolyn Morris of Alvarez Morris Architectural Studio, and Cindy Johnson & David Fritz of Johnson David Interiors.
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