Cindy Aplanalp works in both commercial and residential design, is a regular design blogger and travels extensively to keep her inspirations fresh. She’s also a single mom who went back to school to study interior design. Learn about Cindy’s mid-life careeer change and her tips for aspiring designers.
1. Tell us a little about you as a designer?
I am a late bloomer in the design world. I’ve always loved design but started out with a business degree and worked in accounting. It took me a while to realize that it wasn’t my calling. I had always helped friends decorate and loved designing my own home, but I didn’t think of it as being a possible job. When I realized a huge life change was coming (a divorce), I knew I needed a way to support myself and my kids. So, just entering my 40′s, I went back to school to get a degree in interior design.
If you have a passion for design, it’s never too late. Aesthetic develops and enriches over time — all of life’s experiences and exposures add to your creative genius. My global travels, raising a family and paying attention to the world around me all add to my value as an interior designer.
2. Which designers influenced you?
Vanessa DeLeon Associates is an interior design firm specializing in high-end residences and businesses. Vanessa’s studies at the Feng Shui Institute of America and Fashion Institute of Technology add depth to her design work. We asked about her influences, her favorite design style and the one accessory she can’t live without.
EMI Interior Design, Inc. is a full-service residential interior design firm, founded by award-winning designer Erica Islas in 2000. Through her years of experience, Erica has developed a unique style of mixing old with new and giving each project a timeless feel. Seamlessly juxtaposing limestone, marble, earthy woods, textured fabrics and organic colors with materials such as metal and glass is what gives Erica’s work a striking and harmonious feel. The always busy Erica dishes on a challenging kitchen remodel and what she loves about vacationing south of the border.
1. Which designers influenced you?
I am a BIG fan of Philippe Starck, Christian Liaigre and Kelly Hoppen. The work of these three designers is timeless and very tailored. I love Starck for his bold, innovative designs — he is truly unique. Liaigre and Hoppen are just classic. Their attention to detail is very similar to my approach.
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Twelve hopeful designers compete for the ultimate prize: their own design show on HGTV.
Premieres Sunday, June 13, 10/9c
Meet the designers and see the designs that earned them a spot on the show.
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Alice Fakier, runner-up on season one, has stayed busy with her growing company, husband and favorite pup, Gumbo. Get her full story here »
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