Lighthouse Contracting Group interviewed interior designer Stephanie Wentworth, of Decorative Interiors, to discuss her lake life style, her community involvement and the changing design trends in the Lakes Region. Learn more about Stephanie’s work in the family business, what her clients have to say about her designs and her favorite design project.
STEPHANIE WENTWORTH, TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF?
I was born and raised in Laconia, New Hampshire. I live about half a mile from where I grew up!
However, I did travel after my undergraduate experience in Boston University to Phoenix and Philadelphia then back to Boston for my Masters in Interior Design with a degree from the Boston Architectural College.
That program was important to me as a designer. To learn from architects, builders, furniture makers and other designers in the Boston Area. It established a solid design base to add value to my client projects.
At Decorative Interiors, I’m a second generation owner. I am newly taking over from my parents who started the business 45 years ago.
“The program at Boston Architectural College was so important to me as a designer…learn from architects, builders, furniture makers and other designs to establish a solid design base to add value to my client’s projects.”
WHERE DO YOU DRAW YOUR CREATIVE INSPIRATION?
Nothing makes me happier than connecting with my clients and understanding what their needs and desires are. Essentially, producing designs that reflect their personalities.
On the other hand, since I live in the Lakes Region, I’d be lying if I didn’t mention the beautiful landscape as my source of inspiration.
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR FEATURED WORK. TELL US ABOUT IT!
I’ve assisted in different capacities for the Lakes Region Home Builders Parade of Homes throughout the years. One of my designs was even featured on the NH Chronicle. Specifically, the Bridges House in Concord.
Lastly, I was also featured in the NH Home Magazine for my work at the Lakes Region Home Builders Children’s Charity House.
SHARE A CUSTOMER SUCCESS STORY
Modern Lake Home: Inspiration Horizon/Sunset Project
“In the 2019 we met with Stephanie Wentworth to review our plans for our new home The property has been in our family for over 50 years and it was important to us to coordinate all the interior details to create a timeless space that aligned with our taste but also infused the lake lifestyle. We discussed the property, other spaces that we had seen during the Parade of Homes to hone into what we wanted our home to feel and how the sunsets are spectacular so we set that as our inspiration for the interior finishes– Stephanie provided guidance for our interior finishes, and fixtures and colors as well as guidance for the various tradesmen to facilitate the building process. Having guidance putting all the pieces together helped move the process along and made for an amazing finished home.”
– Kathy, Laconia
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DESIGN PROJECT AND WHY?
THE BELMONT KITCHEN SUNSET: MODERN FARMHOUSE KITCHEN
The homeowners love their lake house. Unfortunately, the kitchen was dark and did not fit with the open feel of the rest of the house. They enjoy getting together with family and spend their time in the kitchen. Using lighter finishes and creating a larger island meant this family can now enjoy time together!
I loved the incorporated hood and the cherry floating shelves around the gas range. It became the focal point of the kitchen.
WHAT ARE THE INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS YOU SEE IN THE LAKES REGION?
The lake lifestyle is strong. However, I feel like we are getting away from the rustic lake look. I’m seeing more monochromatic color schemes accented by blue hues. Infusing the space set against white, gray and beige. A modern lake story, so to speak.
While the trends change, the inspiration remains the same. The beauty of the New Hampshire lakes and mountains as the focal point!
SHARE ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
For many years, I’ve been involved with the Lakes Region Home Builders Association. I was honored to be asked this year to be part of the board of directors.
I was involved with the Red Dress Gala for 10 years. It promoted heart health with the Lakes Region General Hospital during Heart Health Month. This outreach has a special place in my heart!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT WORKING WITH LIGHTHOUSE?
The process of getting to know your clients and what they want. What their budget is and how to fit all the pieces together.
The organization of each project is fantastic. Jeremy Doucet has everything dialed in so when it’s time to go, there are no surprises and the project can happen! Clients love renovating but there is a level of stress combined with anticipation to complete the project and get back to life. Being organized helps to make the overall process smoother for everyone involved.