Local Designer Shows Love Of People Through Work And Community
Monday, September 24, 2012 • 12:09pm
Virginia Liberato is one of the leading designers working for the award-winning design firm, Creative Wallcoverings & Interiors. Her creative career started in fashion and later progressed into interior design.
“It was a natural progression to move into interior design… so many elements that I was drawn to translated to the home,” Virginia said.
Her switch was prompted by her love of working with people rather than fabric.
“I went into fashion because I loved colors, textiles, and design, but throughout my career I found I loved working with people. My vision and creativity shifted from clothing and store displays to furniture and design plans,” she said.
That love of people is quite apparent by her strong ties to her community, as she consistently contributes to the design program at Summit High School by giving lectures and donating items related to the design world, such as fabrics and wallpapers. “I am also involved with the Summit football team, as my husband is the head coach and both my sons have played for the team,” Virginia said proudly.
Liberato also gives back to the community by giving people design tips on guest blogs on The Alternative Press and AOL's Patch. “I pick a design topic each month and give some design advice and tips,” she said while showing off her next tip.
Even with all her community involvement, don’t think that Virginia is too busy to give her clients her full attention.
“I feel the most important tool I have is to listen and hear what my clients have to say. I take my cues from clients; their likes and dislikes. I also take into consideration what the function of the space is, mainly who will be using the space and how. I want them to always feel confident that I am with them every step of the way to handle all the details,” Virginia said.
When she’s done with her client’s projects, she wants them to have a special feeling.
“No two individuals are the same, so no two spaces should be the same. My goal is to make everyone feel like their home is their’s. I want them to walk in and say, ‘wow, this is me’, ‘it’s everything I could have imagined and more’. That is one of the things that I love the most about this job.”
In the end Virginia builds relationships that are much more then business.
“I value each client and the relationship I build with them,” said Liberato, “regardless how big or small the project. A thank you and knowing how happy they are is my greatest reward.”
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