One look at interior designer Robin Baron’s portfolio and you know that she has the chops. The style of design she uses for almost every project is different but flawless. Also with a little tease about a hardware line that she would be releasing this June I was hooked. Now that I was hooked I will tell you what reeled me in. Robin is media savvy, which is an understatement.
Robin had a thriving newsletter in 2008 but saw a huge change coming fast. The economic climate was changing and so she grabbed ahold of technology and never let go. The following year her blog “Simplifying Fabulous” was born. A blog that would help her cultivate an audience that has grown over the span of close to 10 years.
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I look over her accomplishments on HGTV, her blog and her gung-ho attitude embracing the media like she has and I bow down and say great job. In many ways people can look at Robin as a trailblazer and I for one respect that. Take note of Robin because she is one designer that not only has the chops but isn’t afraid to use them.
What licensing ideas are you looking toward in 2017?
I’m working on several licensing opportunities, including furniture and lighting. I’m also launching my first “Robin Baron” showroom in Dallas in June that will be featuring my own line of rugs, casegoods, upholstery and hardware, all of which will also be shown in a New York showroom here in the city.
What has been your favorite media experience so far?
Hands down, TV… I love it! Give me a mic and a camera and I’m ready to go!
Describe “a balanced design” for us?
I’m not committed to symmetry, I’m all about balance; balancing color, texture and scale in a space.
What design book(s) do you have on your book shelf?
If you had three magazines to take on a trip which would they be?
Not design magazines! I live it and breathe it every second. When I travel, I feel it’s important to be inspired by the unexpected, so if I read any magazines on a trip, it’s probably People or Us… something where I don’t have to think and still find out what’s happening and trending in pop culture… and with some of my clients who might be in those publications!
What is a design motto you and your firm live by?
I have so many, but this one is so important to me, it’s my official tag line: “Confidence Begins at Home. When you feel good about your home, you feel good about your life!”
What is your first step in selecting a new client?
It’s all about having a connection for me.
Describe what fabulous mean to you and how you add it to your designs?
That’s a great question for me. I’m all about having and creating fabulous in a person’s life, to the point of naming my blog “Simplifying Fabulous!”. The important thing is to understand that fabulous is different for every person. It’s not about creating my fabulous for anyone, it’s about helping people discover their own fabulous!
How important is eco-friendly to you?
I’ve lived my life being conscious of the environment since I was a teenager. Though I don’t make eco-friendly design the center of my business, I always try to be respectful of the products we use.
What trend so you see happening in 2017 for interior design, product design and hospitality design?
For interior design: Art has taken centerstage. Commissioned art created for specific spaces has become important, as is the emphasis of art to add texture to a wall instead of using traditional wall treatments. For products, it’s a mix of materials, textured metals and lucite.