Q&A With Veronica Solomon
Casaza: How did you get your start?
Veronica Solomon: I moved to the United States from Jamaica over 22 years ago not knowing what interior design was. I discovered HGTV and immediately made the connection. I started off by decorating my own small apartment with the ideas I learned from watching TV. I eventually went to design school and did some online courses to hone my skills. I can’t imagine not being an interior designer.
C: How would you describe your style?
VS: My style is bold, eclectic, whimsical, and definitely maximalist, with a dash of classic and timeless touches. I love incorporating bold color, and a unique pattern mix to every space.
C: Where do you get new ideas and inspiration?
VS: I love attending High Point Market, which is the largest home furnishings industry trade show in the world, and I enjoy traveling. I go back home to Jamaica where there are so many colors and so much vibrancy, and to Europe where there is so much history and timelessness.
C: Favorite room in the house?
VS: My study because I am surrounded by my vast collection of beautiful books.
C: Design rule you don’t subscribe to?
VS: Less is more.
C: Recent project that inspired you?
VS: I recently designed a homeschool room for kids. I helped my client create a fun colorful space for the kids after a major life change. We had purchased the furniture for another home, and I worked my magic to make them work seamlessly into a new space. We decided to convert a formal dining room to this space to honor my client’s desire to homeschool her children.
C: Favorite texture/pattern/color?
VS: My favorite texture is hair on hide… It’s the Texas girl in me. My favorite pattern is cheetah print because it is like a neutral to me. My favorite color is every color; I can make even the ugliest colors work!
C: What is “good design” to you?
VS: Good design always tells the story of the people who live there. It should be their ideal version of luxury, whatever luxury is to them.
C: Pack your bag! You’re moving into a famous home. Whose is it?
VS: Rosehall Great House in Montego Bay, Jamaica. It is said to be haunted, but I can design around any ghosts. Although the home has a dark history, I would juxtapose with some bright and bold color in there.
C: What’s your rule when entertaining?
VS: Don’t stress! Just make your guests feel welcome.
C: Best advice for DIYers?
VS: Consult a professional before you begin any project, even for a one-hour consultation to get some guidance.
C: Best advice for those hiring a pro?
VS: Make sure your personalities mesh. You will be in each other’s lives for a while, and will have to speak openly about intimate things like money.
C: What is one design trend are you most excited about this season?
VS: I am most excited to see color in the kitchen and bathroom – from appliances to cabinetry to tiles to faucets. White kitchens will always have a place in the world, but it was high time to see a pop of color for color lovers like myself. I especially love the emerald greens that were trending in a big way at The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas.
C: How do you take your coffee?
VS: Lots of hazelnut creamers and honey. Yum!