Badassery Magazine April 2018 Issue 23 - Page 46

I am not the type of designer that first comes to mind for most people. Most often I can be found in jeans, a sassy t-shirt and a pair of well worn chucks. If that's not okay with you, we are probably not going to get along. I am way more comfortable under your kitchen sink or tearing out your drywall to see what's back there than I am fluffing pillows. That's just me. I love totally destroying your space and putting it back together. Thus, my self-proclaimed title of "Remodelista". Clients appreciate my hands-on approach of designing their spaces. Great clients sometimes have great ideas but are not always sure how to execute them. l love it when clients like to be involved in the creative part of the process. Although there are times when the choices they make can make the project more difficult, it is after all their space and if it's something they really love, I try to find a way to make it work. Many designers I know don’t care to work this way however I welcome it and enjoy the challenge most of the time. Not every project will be "portfolio worthy", it is more important to me to please the client. The best thing about working only with clients that set your soul on fire is they always have friends that are usually a lot like them. Because of this about 80% of my business now comes from referral, (yay!) so don't ever be afraid to put yourself out there just as you are. It does not happen overnight, but it happens with perseverance! Hopefully this will inspire someone who's on the fence, thinking of taking that leap. It's a big scary deal, I know, and a lot of hard work but it’s an investment in you! � I'm Debra James, owner of, and award-winning designer with, Design Line Works, and I'm the catalyst who can turn that dream space in your head into a real space in your home! My goal is to balance beautiful form and fantastic function while creating a space that instantly screams, "YOU." My design process begins with taking the "bones" of our space and making sure it functions well for you. It's like making a cake. Once you have the body of the cake (the fUnction) you can move on to the best part - the frosting! These are the elements that make the space uniquely YOURS. Debra James Starting with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Interior Designers Institute in Newport Beach, California, I've worked with many custom home builders, architects and of course homeowners during all phases of construction. I've spent over a decade in Jacksonville and the surrounding area putting together what I call my "A-team," a group of trusted, qualified tradesmen who do the heavy lifting of turning your dream space into reality! I'm not everyone's designer, but I just might be YOUR designer. There's only one way to find out - we need to talk! designlineworks.com � � � 45 I am not the type of designer that first comes to mind for most peo- ple. Most often I can be found in jeans, a sassy t-shirt and a pair of well worn chucks. If that's not okay with you, we are probably not go- ing to get along. I am way more comfortable under your kitchen sink or tearing out your drywall to see what's back there than I am fluffing pillows. That's just me. I love totally destroying your space and putting it back together. Thus, my self-proclaimed title of "Re- modelista". Clients appreciate my hands-on approach of designing their spaces. Great clients sometimes have great ideas but are not always sure how to execute them. l love it when clients like to be involved in the creative part of the process. Although there are times when the choices they make can make the project more difficult, it is after all their space and if it's something they really love, I try to find a way to make it work. Many designers I know don’t care to work this way however I welcome it and enjoy the challenge most of the time. Not every project will be "portfolio worthy", it is more important to me to please the client. fire is they always have friends that are usually a lot like them. Because of this about 80% of my business now comes from referral, (yay!) so don't ever be afraid to put yourself out there just as you are. It does not happen overnight, but it hap- pens with perseverance! Hopeful- ly this will 7&R6VRvw0FRfV6RF涖rbFrF@VBw2&r66'FVrBBb&Bv&'WBN( 2খfW7FVBRFR&W7BFr&WBv&rǐvF6ƖVG2FB6WBW"6VऒvFV'&W2vW"bBv&BvrFW6vW"vFFW6vƖPv&2BvFR6FǗ7Bv6GW&FBG&V76RW"VBF&V76RW"Rגv2F&6R&VWFgVf&BfF7F0gV7FvR7&VFr76RFB7FFǒ67&V2%R גFW6v&6W72&Vv2vFFrFR&&W2"bW"76RBr7W&PBgV7F2vVf"RBw2ƖRr6R6RRfRFR&GbFP6RFReV7FR6fRFFR&W7B'BFRg&7FrFW6R&PFRVVVG2FBRFR76RVVVǒU%2FV'&W0CP7F'FrvF&6V"b'G2FVw&VRg&FRFW&"FW6vW'27FGWFPWw'B&V66Ɩf&wfRv&VBvF7W7FR'VFW'2&6FV7G2Bb6W'6RVvW'2GW&r6W2b67G'V7FwfP7VBfW"FV6FR66fRBFR7W'&VFr&VWGFrFvWFW vB6ג$FV"w&WbG'W7FVBVƖfVBG&FW6VvFFPVgƖgFrbGW&rW"G&V76RF&VƗGvBWfW'Rw2FW6vW"'WBW7B֖vB&RU"FW6vW"FW&Rw2ǒPvFfBWBvRVVBFFƲFW6vƖWv&26Ю("Z9