We have an exciting new addition to our Schrader and Company team. Meet Brooke Stollery, our new in-house interior designer. We sat down with Brooke to discuss her career path and passion for interior design, and what she brings to the table for us as a company, and for you, our valued clients.
Why did you enter into interior design?
I chose interior design around my sophomore year in high school. For a while, all I knew was that I wanted to do something with design, (I quickly ruled out fashion design after a bad experience with a sewing machine). I have always been around construction and renovations because my parents flip houses into apartments. I think I was probably 16 or 17 when I realized I wanted to create spaces. When I got to Cazenovia College and began the interior design program it was just a huge confirmation that I had chosen the right career path. I think, for me, that interior design is the perfect combination of helping people and creating something beautiful.
What is the most important part of the service you provide? To put it another way, what problems do you solve for clients by being part of their project?
I think the biggest part of an interior designer’s job is making sure that the spaces you create are functional and accessible. There is a huge difference between creating something pretty and creating something that actually works, and I think interior designers are often overlooked for how important our role can be. Space planning is so much more than choosing a tile or a countertop. I think it is so important that everything we create should be just as functional as it may be aesthetically pleasing.
What aspect of your work most excites and/or challenges you?
I have always been a problem solver, so I think space planning is my biggest challenge and my biggest thrill. It’s like solving a hard puzzle when you figure out a design for a challenging or small space. I would never want to give up on providing someone with a better design just because it may be tough to figure out. Another exciting part of working for a construction company is that you get to see your projects from start to finish. A lot of designers may never get to see their work completed in person, so it’s really amazing that I will have that opportunity.
What are you most looking forward to about being part of the Schrader and Company team?
Along with being part of their projects from start to finish and seeing how things improve and come together in the end, I am so excited to be a part of a team who truly cares about their clients. There is no cutting any corners at Schrader and Company, if they’re going to do a project, they’re going to do it the best and with all options considered. Everyone here is extremely hardworking and that is very encouraging to me.
You can learn more about Brooke by visiting our “Meet the Team” page on our website, or stop by the showroom and say hello in person!