2. The mix of professional and personal is evident on Deckard’s bookcase as well. She keeps books and product catalogs of her favorite manufacturers on her shelves for quick reference. On the top shelf, she has a mix of family photos, art from her kids and more client gifts, including the mug a tile representative gave her. The mug reads, “You can’t scare me, I have children.” “I form good relationships with my clients, and they turn into friendships,” Deckard says.
3. Deckard showcases her awards and profiles from local publications on her reception area walls, and Deckard rotates the accomplishments as new ones come in. The furniture used here shows examples of some of her design work. This chair was a sample from a hotel project that she had reupholstered in a neutral patterned material to match her office. The coffee table was a custom order with a faux leather wrap and glass drop-in. “It’s the most modern piece I own,” Deckard says.
4. Deckard makes it a point to know how materials are made so she knows the best way to use them in her work. In the library hang dozens of samples of plastic laminate, which is actually layers of craft paper and resin pressed together beneath a protective layer. Deckard uses it in places that hardwood isn’t as practical, such as surfaces that need high moisture resistance. “Function is always my primary goal,” Deckard says.