Simple, sophisticated, yet invitingly luxurious interiors are the trademark of Design Associates. Our mission from the beginning was to create interiors that reflect each client’s personal taste and vision. The attention to detail is what makes every project unique.
After working in the field of interior design for a combined period of over 40 years, Lynette Zambon and Carol Merica have the skill, knowledge and ability to create an interior that is right for each individual client. They are known to transform a room with harmony, beauty and a touch of drama. In every project you will experience a fine tuned layering of furnishings, textiles, lighting, art and antiques. By incorporating an intuitive understanding of design and composition, along with their client’s dreams and wishes, the result is a home that is warm and inviting in every way imaginable.
Lynette Zambon (Senior Designer/President), is a native Montanan, who studied interior design at Montana State University and received her national accreditation with NCIDQ in 2000. Lynette’s designs are beautifully rendered with a mélange of antiques, fine textiles, and simple detailed lines of upholstery. Lavishly appointed, her interiors are attractive and livable.
Carol Merica (Senior Designer), also a Montana local and graduate of Montana State University, received her national accreditation with NCIDQ in 1998. Carols signature design element is to classically create rooms which are infused with warm color palettes of richness and texture. She accents with contrast and fine embellishment for the finishing touch.
Design Associates inherent sensibility and respect for the architect’s visions is always emphasized in every detail. The pair has worked on many projects throughout the West, and nation wide. Wherever the location, their overall approach has always been to create a feeling of relaxed comfort and timelessness. Their work has been published in Western Art & Architecture, Big Sky Journal Home, as well as Cowboys and Indians and a variety of other publications.
Top 10 Reasons to Work with a Designer
1) The ability to solve problems. Whether you’re plagued by a lack of storage, a featureless room or poor traffic flow, Holly Frye of Interiors By Design is an expert in understanding color, scale, light and space – concepts that can be hard for even the most talented amateur to get right. 2) The expertise to prevent costly mistakes. Most people decorate only once or twice in a lifetime. There are lots of things that are hard to know unless you’ve encountered them dozens of times before. 3) Access to a much wider range of resources. There’s a world of fabric and furnishing designs available just “to the trade”. Not only do we have access, but we will instantly know who specializes in what you are looking for – thus saving valuable time. 4) A Rolodex worth millions. Any design is only as good as its execution, and we know the best workrooms, carpenters and painters, so we have the connections – and the clout – to make sure the job will be top-notch. 5) Guidance through the decision making process. Perhaps the toughest aspect of decorating is selecting from the multitude of choices available. We know our sources well enough to edit down the options and offer seasoned advice to steer you through the process. 6) Better quality and longer lasting style. We won’t succumb to trends that you will tire of in no time but will create a timeless look you’ll enjoy living with for years. Instead of relying on solely off-the-rack items, we will also add custom details and paint finishes that will make your house an individual masterpiece. 7) Help with setting priorities. We will give you advice on how best to spend your money now – and plan for future phases of the decorating process. If you’re on a budget (and who isn’t?), you need us to help allocate your dollars to get the biggest bang for your buck. 8) Arbitration with your significant other. Sometimes the role of the designer is more marriage counselor than designer, but it’s an expected part of the process. If there is a disagreement about an approach, we can be the third party without vested interest. 9) The power to advocate with tradespeople, showrooms and manufactures. We set a high standard, and because we work with these resources regularly, we have more leverage to get things repaired or replaced. Long standing business relationships help resolve disputes in a professional manner. 10) The power to get the job done! How often have you given up halfway through a project or neglected those last few niggling details? It’s our job to follow through on every aspect of the decorating process and make sure that all the elements have been completed to your satisfaction. -Interiors By Design
Humans are instinctively drawn to colors, textures and images that are representational of nature. Design taken from natural elements is extremely popular right now. Tip- for an instant update to any space add a natural element such as a reclaimed wood table, animal print throw pillow, or organic shaped table lamp.
Materials which look as though they are still in their "found" state have a sort of story about them, prompting the end user to think, "I wonder where this piece of gnarled wood came from?" Natural elements evoke a certain level of relaxation, there's nothing inherently pretentious about them, nor should there be.
Below are some photos taken recently at the San Diego zoo which are full of natural pattern and texture that could be easily incorporated into any design element.
Anyone will tell you- spring in Montana doesn't really exist. A sunny afternoon can easily turn into a chilly evening snow storm. Honestly this is no exaggeration!
So as many travelers, friends and family are away for a couple days to enjoy some better weather and escape from the grey chilly spring weather here, I thought a little green might add a bit of cheer to the drab outside. A fitting topic for both spring and St. Patrick's Day!
Here at least I can pretend it's actually spring outside!
Love the oversized scale of this upholstered headboard! The grass wallcovering is perfect behind the playful patterned fabric.
The contrast of the kelly green subway tiles with the white cabinets, shelves and walls creates a crisp look.
I thought this was a very clever color to paint in an entry/foyer! Very dramatic with the dark stairs and white ceiling.
A glamorized green bath! Who knew?
This cozy family room has beautifully plastered walls in a green shade pulled form the custom rug.
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The mix of luxurious velvet with the exposed aged timbers on the ceiling is a wonderful contrast.
The chaise at the end of the bed looks like the most lovely place to read a book. Notice the coordinating drapery!
The pendants above this island add just the right amount of pop to the kitchen!
Out of all the shades of green in the design world, nothing can compete with mother nature.
Inspiration for my office under construction! I think a jade plant would be perfect!
The color of the walls in a space can set a mood, enhance the overall look, or simply act as a canvas for the furnishings, art and accessories.
With an infinite number of color possibilities- if you can imagine it, a manufacturer is sure to already have created it! We love adding color to our interiors! The effects certain colors can have on one's emotions is fascinating. To think we can paint our dining spaces to enhance our appetite, or our bedrooms to calm and sooth a person after a long day! Either way a wall color can act as a powerful driving force in an interior. Below are some photos which are sure to inspire!
This bright white room emphasizes the dark accents like the windows and stair rail and art.
This cozy game room has a warm tan paint with a brown glaze over to give the look of texture.
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The warm tone painted in this bedroom give the space a subtle glow.
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A dramatic charcoal color was used in this sitting room. It creates a striking contrast with the gold bookcase and a cozy space.
This bright kitchen is a beautiful canvas for the dark wood counter tops, floors and free floating shelves.
This clay red paint color is sure to increase any one's appetite.
These warm shades make for a sunny play room!
This neutral paint color also has a glaze over it to give the walls some texture.