Fox designs to capture her clients' style

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By Carol A. Clark

Interior Designer Suzette Fox strives to create not only an aesthetically pleasing environment for her clients but one that stands the test of time.

“It is my desire to bring beauty to a space by highlighting a home’s best features,” said the dynamic owner of Suzette Fox Interior Design. “I take into account my client’s personal style and taste so it feels like home to them. In fact, it’s all about the feeling you get when you walk into a room. If it feels spacious, warm, and inviting, I’ve done my job.”

Last fall Elaine Carson contracted with Fox and said she felt Fox was willing to work with her in any price range.

“I also feel Suzette keeps us from making costly mistakes,” Carson said. “She kept us focused on our goals and is so pleasant to be with. She listened to what we liked and went shopping with us. We've been pleased to have her around and call her whenever we have any design projects.”

Fox begins her design process with an initial home consultation.

“We go over the work to be done – taking into account the client’s personal style and their time constraints,” Fox said. “I work with my clients to find the fee scale that best fits their needs, whether a flat fee or hourly schedule.”

For clients on a tight budget, Fox provides color consultations, furniture arrangement and rearrangement, and accessorizing advice.

“The best part of my job is helping a client discover their style … giving them the confidence to purchase a 'piece' they love, whether it be art, furniture, lamps, or other accessories, and to bring it home and find that it can work in just about any room because it expresses who they are. When they walk into their house, it feels like home.”

When clients have difficulty deciding which style they prefer, Fox suggests they peruse magazines and tear out photographs of design elements they find appealing.

“That gives me an idea of the look they are after,” she said.

Ashley Panthera is a Suzette Fox Interior Design client.

“Suzette has helped me decorate most of my two bedroom, two-bath home,” she said. “She worked with me to build a room from scratch, helping me select the rug, couch, pillows – everything. She is just absolutely wonderful to work with, so friendly and she listens and really wants you to be happy with the result.”

Fox began working with Panthera in March 2007.

“She continues to work with us and she's really got a great eye for putting things together,” Panthera said.

From an early age, her mother allowed Fox to decorate her own bedroom, expressing herself through color, placement and rearrangement of furniture, she said.

Her mother was smart to encourage her in that way because it helped her develop a feeling of ownership and a desire to care for her personal space, Fox said.

In high school, she took art classes, learning about color and its role and effect on mood.

“My true love for design exploded when I was employed by an architectural firm in Florida,” Fox said. “The enthusiasm and creativity from the staff of architects was contagious. The modern office buildings and residences they designed resonated within me to think outside the box.”

In 1991, Fox became self employed, co-owning a custom cabinet shop in Boca Raton, Fla.

“This is when I began designing cabinets and furniture,” she said. “I eventually added faux finishing and interior design consulting. I also studied Feng Shui principles and started applying them to my own home and those of my clients.”

Fox moved to Colorado Springs in 1999. She worked for Re/Max as a marketing specialist where she staged and neutralized homes to highlight the best assets.

She moved to Los Alamos in 2003. She took additional drafting classes and studied kitchen and bath design through the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). Fox has been designing custom closets, offices, media rooms, libraries, kitchens and baths, she said, as well as interior design consulting throughout northern New Mexico since 2004.

“Currently, my goal is to grow my business in Los Alamos,” Fox said. “I participated in the Re/Max Home & Garden Show in June. I discovered there is a great need for my services here and that very few people realize I offer interior design services.”

Fox is married and has three daughters.

To contact Fox for a consultation, call 412-9073 or visit her website at www.suzettefoxinteriors.com.