“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”~ Henry David Thoreau
With a career that spans over 30 years of residential and commercial design, Lori Carroll’s creative ideas have left an inspirational mark on Tucson and beyond. While her work reflects who she is as an individual, Lori attributes her success to teamwork. Assisted by a staff of accredited Interior Designers, computer-aided design specialists, administrative personnel and a dedicated project manager, Lori Carroll & Associates maintains a reputation of providing the ultimate design experience. Clients benefit from the talent, consistent perspective and combined knowledge that Lori and her associates are known for.
- What’s your go-to classic color choice?
- I always love to use BLUE as an accent or even by going bold across the entire room from walls to furnishings. There are countless shades of blue from pure blue to yellow-blue or red-blue. Mixing light and dark tones of blue offer a crisp, clean look.
- Is there a hotel that’s most inspired your work while traveling?
- Aria Hotel Prague in the Czech Republic. “A virtuoso hotel could only be inspired by music”. Each of the luxurious rooms in this boutique hotel were inspired by a specific style of music or a particular musical artist. Two Italian designers orchestrated this heavenly 5-Star hotel with indulgent suites dedicated to celebrated musicians from Beethoven to Elvis.
- Which pieces of technology do you use to document design inspiration?
- I love and document everything I can with my Samsung Galaxy Note. It is amazing what I am able to capture and use for inspiration on this device.
- Where do you go to spot new style?
- Visiting large cities and just walking around to experience the architecture and design features of commercial establishments, restaurants, public transportation, boutique shops or any venue that is unique and interesting.
- Do you have a favorite restaurant (for the design and the food, of course)?
- Alpino Vino in Telluride, Colorado. This quaint European restaurant is at the highest elevation in North America at 11,966 feet. The only way to reach the restaurant is by skiing up or by snow coach. With its stone floors, exposed beam ceilings and wine barrel furnishing, dining in this award winning restaurant is like no other.
- What’s your favorite small museum in the world?
- My favorite small museum is close to home. The University Of Arizona Museum Of Art in Tucson is filled with priceless collections and exhibitions that are inspirational and continue to capture the imagination of the entire world.
- How do you usually start your weekend?
- Meeting with family and friends to enjoy the beauty of the desert that surrounds Tucson, all while sipping on a wonderful glass of wine.
- Who or what is your biggest design influence?
- There are many, however, Luis Barragán, the famed Mexican architect was a great inspiration for me. His architecture and design style was influenced by the clean lines of European modernism and he usually used stone and wood as his main design elements.
- How do you keep it all together?
- I keep lists, lists and more lists! I stay organized by prioritizing and categorizing each aspect of my design process to keep everything on track.
- Design a garden: groomed or freestyle?
- A perfectly groomed oasis in the desert!