Collins Interiors is a full-service luxury residential interior design firm. In June, LUX Life named Collins Interiors among the esteemed winners of the ongoing 2018 Leading Designers Awards with the title of Most Outstanding Full-Scale Interior Design Firm in Florida. On the back of this win, we reached out to Barbara Gardner, Founder and President of Collins Interiors, to find out how she has created an award-winning, sector-leading design studio.
Working out of the picturesque town of Longboat Key in Florida, Barbara Gardner has forged a remarkable interior design firm that has an established history of success and a long-standing reputation for exceeding client expectations. Recently celebrating its 12th year in business, Collins Interiors has served homeowners in Sarasota, New York, and Philadelphia and South America, assisting clients with finding the best window treatments, furniture, floor coverings, lighting, custom bedding, artwork and accessories.
Barbara’s unique style – is timeless and classic, defined by light, airy colour palettes, and striking statement pieces – gives a credence to her outstanding abilities as a designer. Embracing global influences, contemporary flair, and sophisticated accents, Barbara tackles a variety of design challenges, from the traditional to the thoroughly modern.
Equally, Barbara is an experienced practitioner of Feng Shui, and believes that exquisite design can elevate a space and actively nourish well-being- inviting peace and serenity into the home. This is clear throughout her work, with their clean lines and uncluttered, functional arrangements.
First and foremost, Barbara credits an ability to keep pace with the latest design trends in this ever-shifting sector, “We create innovative solutions by staying on top of the latest products and techniques. Every year we attend trade shows and conferences from High Point Furniture Market to the New York Design Center to the Maison & Objet Conference in Paris.” Interior design, like fashion, experiences great paradigm shifts year to year; what was considered on-trend last year can be grossly out of fashion the next. It takes a skilled designer to straddle the line between being in vogue, and delivering a unique vision. By all regards, Barbara navigates this line with a practised elegance.
“What sets us apart is our impeccable taste and real respect for, and desire to please our clients. We treat every home with the same care and commitment to quality as our own.”
At its heart, Collins Interiors advocates for a truly customer-centric service. Indeed, Barbara created ‘The Home Choices Design Deck’ to be a core resource in a seamless creative process. “Our work is uniquely personalised based on an extensive list of trademarked questions; we make sure your home reflects you – your tastes, preferences, life style and timeline.” Naturally, the ability to capture the essence of their client’s personality is an essential trait for any good designer. The home, after all, is a reflection of its inhabitant. Every accent piece, every colour choice, and every piece of furniture should tell a story about the client, creating a holistic, robust whole.
Further than that, Barbara has distinguished experience in a variety of design subservices, from refurbishment and turnkey projects, to colour consultation and decluttering, alongside many others. It is in this capacity that Barbara stands out from her peers – offering a breadth of services that few designers can match. Barbara’s adaptability to the project at hand marks her among one of a few, and is the driving force behind LUX Life’s recognition under the Leading Designers Award programme.
As for the future of Collins Interiors, Barbara has plans for expansion into new markets, “We are re-building our website to include an online store where we will offer custom products for the home and body.”
LUX Life’s Leading Designers programme is a metric for the best designers currently working around the world. From best classically inspired spaces to those that thrive in contemporary style, the programme is a definitive list of the best the sector has to offer, regardless of firm size, prominence or location. Collins Interiors is an expert practitioner in full-scale and full-service projects, succeeding and exceeding in equal measure, they have established themselves as a leading firm in the industry, with plenty more to offer in the years to come.
Contact: Barbara Gardner
Company: Collins Interiors, L.L.C.
Address: 595 Bay Isles Road, Suite 120F, Mediterranean Plaza, Longboat Key, Florida, 34228, United States
Telephone: 001 941 383 0131