Coffee With: Veronica Solomon of Casa Vilora

Veronica Solomon

Veronica Solomon

Bright, bold, and beautiful, that describes both Veronica Solomon’s personality and design style. The principal designer of Casa Vilora Interiors chatted about her study, Jamaican roots, and colorful kitchens.

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.

Bathroom Design by Casa Vilora Interiors
Design by Casa Vilora Interiors

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.

Living room Design by Casa Vilora Interiors
Design by Casa Vilora Interiors

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.

Nursery room Design by Casa Vilora Interiors
Design by Casa Vilora Interiors

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!

Sitting room Design by Casa Vilora Interiors
Design by Casa Vilora Interiors

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