At Interiors By Design, their main mission is to create a space that is as unique as you are. They focus on comfortability and functionality in order to curate a space that their client can live luxuriously in. Interiors By Design is an award-winning woman and black-owned boutique interior design firm, as well as a published design firm featured in many publications such as Elle Decor, Sherwin Williams Stir Magazine, and The Washington Post. Introducing this week’s Designer Friday, Dennese Guadeloupe Rojas of Interiors By Design.
Dennese designed this master bedroom for the DC Design House. It’s perfectly enchanting and opulent with touches of silver and metallic highlighted throughout the room.
Andrew Joseph: What is your design pet peeve?
Dennese Guadeloupe Rojas: One of my biggest pet peeves is when designed spaces are not balanced and when rooms are overdone with too much bling. In the ever-changing world of design, today I run across so many spaces that I do not see or get a sense of balance. A space should reflect the client, but also do something for their psyche. Spaces should feel calm and welcoming as soon as you enter them, not overwhelmed with pieces.
Andrew: What is the weirdest thing a client has ever asked you?
Dennese: Once a client asked me to select a kitchen trash can that matched the décor of their home.
Andrew: How would you define your work in three words?
Dennese: I would define my work as fun, timeless, and elegant; a well-balanced space has all three tied together. These three parts encompass my work and everything I do besides design. A space should be fun and welcoming, after all this is someone’s home and they should be able to enjoy it. When designing for a client you do not want to design with only the current design trends, it should be able to withstand the age of time. I see the importance of designing a space with elegance and simplicity.
Andrew: What are three things you cannot live without?
Dennese: I cannot live without being an interior designer, taking two showers a day, and having my hair/nails done; I feel that presentation is everything. I love what I do for a living and I cannot imagine doing anything else – it is in my blood. I have had conversations with my friends that if I die tomorrow, please make sure that my hair and nails are done!
Andrew: Favorite app?
Dennese: My favorite app is Instagram. I love scrolling through to search for inspiration, trends, and keeping in touch with friends and fellow designers. Instagram is a great social media platform because it is so visual. Although, I can get in trouble with Instagram sometimes because I forget to use my glasses when commenting on postings.
For this room, the client asked for a pop of color, which is found on the orange ottomans. The incredible floral wallpaper detailing on the ceiling gives this room a playful yet sophisticated energy.
Andrew: What would you like to be remembered for?
Dennese: I would want to be remembered for trying to help others in this universe from my designer friends and to helping others make their lives a little simpler.
Andrew: Do you get 8 hours of sleep at night?
Dennese: Eight hours of sleep, what is that!? I never get eight hours of sleep, there are so many things going on that I do not want to miss out on. My brain is pretty much always working and strategizing with myself. I never have to set an alarm, unless I am traveling, because I wake up when my body is ready to wake up. My schedule can be hectic at times, but it has taught me the importance of time management. Over the years, I have learned that making a list and seeing it on paper, helps me accomplish each task.
Andrew: What are your beauty secrets?
Dennese: My beauty secrets are skincare and the placement of perfume. After I graduated college, my mother instilled on me the importance of skincare and never sleeping with makeup on, ever since I have been doing my skincare routine. As for perfume, I never put it on my neck, because the alcohol in the perfume will dry out your skin; making it look more aged than it naturally should be.
Andrew: What is the one thing people do not know about you?
Dennese: Most people do not know that I am an island girl. Generally, people assume that because of my last name, Guadeloupe Rojas; I have Spanish roots and that I speak Spanish, but I do not. I chose to carry both of my parents’ last names, so that I could honor both my father and mother’s sides of the family. I was born in Trinidad, raised in St. Thomas and after high school, I came to the United States for design school.
Dennese doesn’t shy away from color. For this kitchen, her choice of a bold blue truly made this area as optically beautiful as it is aesthetically pleasing.
Andrew: What would your dream project or dream client be right now?
Dennese: My dream project would be getting more involved in the Multi-family platform of design. Multi-family adds a little bit more depth for designing. Designing Multi-family projects involves designing a space that will reflect multiple families at once while still allowing the spaces to reflect them all as a group.
Andrew: What is your guilty pleasure?
Dennese: My guilty pleasure is being pampered in any format, whether it be a massage, manicure, or cupping. Anything that helps me connect with my mind, body, and spirit.
Andrew: What is your first job?
Dennese: My first job was at WNET Public Television in New York. I was the administrative assistant in the president’s office. I genuinely enjoyed my experience there, because it gave me the foundation and tools that helped me to start my own business.
About The Designer | Dennese Guadeloupe Rojas began her career in the design field in 1991 and holds an A.A. in Interior Design from Bauder College in Miami, Florida. Although Dennese resides in the Washington Metropolitan area, her projects have taken her from coast to coast to include the Caribbean. Her motto is consistent and simple: “Maintain authenticity in style and texture, atmosphere is everything…”
She brings over twenty years of experience and versatility that comes from dealing with a diversity of projects in both commercial and residential settings. Dennese brings her sense of elegance and impeccable eye for detail to each project. She possesses both the technical and interpersonal skills needed to manage and oversee the entire scope of the design/construction process. These crucial skills make Dennese a true asset to both project and client. Due to her hands-on approach, she is always refining each design until all the details are met with the proper balance in the creative aspect of each project. She describes her relationships with each client as paramount, and her goal is to assist in creating a home that fits the client’s persona, lifestyle and values.
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