Tricia Lynch cultivated her career in interior design from a worldly sensibility, traveling the globe with her family and living in North America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe, including her favorite homes in Rome and San Francisco. During her travels, she developed a natural love for beauty, architecture, and design. She holds an associate’s degree in interior design and has been honing her skills over a 20-year career.
Ms. Lynch moved to Southwest Florida from Kansas City in 2002. She has worked at Robb & Stucky, where she is known for her color pairings, since it opened in 2012. She says that personally, she likes spicy colors, but her work always reflects customer preferences.
Like many great designers, she believes design inspiration can often start with a single fabulous item. And she has an eye for spotting those stand-outs.
Describe your approach to interior design in five words.
Tell me what you like.
When did you know you wanted to be an interior designer?
My father’s job moved us around quite bit, and I think this is how I saw and came to appreciate all the differences in cultures and architecture. My interest in design probably started because of this, but I knew for sure that I wanted to be a designer when I was in my twenties working for The Double Tree Hotel. That’s where I realized how much I enjoyed the process of decorating, so I went back to school for my design degree.
Tell us about your most challenging project.
It was an 11,000-square-foot home in Kennebunkport, Maine — which my design partner and I did almost entirely remotely, from here in Florida. It was my first major use of communication technology to complete something so substantial. The project was a huge success.
And tell us something about your favorite project.
My favorite project was right here in Naples a few years ago, working with the owner of The Inn on Fifth to update the lobby and public areas.
What is your favorite room in your home?
The master bedroom has been my favorite place since we purchased our home more than five years ago. We created a space for serenity and relaxation. It is a special place that still takes my breath away every time I open the door.
Tell us three things you consider must-haves for a great room/family room where people gather.
A comfortable place to sit, great art, and proper lighting.
Walk us through the process when you start a project with a client.
It always starts with one form of an interview or another. The client isn’t always aware of the interview happening. I am simply having a comfortable conversation where I gather ideas about the client’s tastes and what they cannot live without.
With clients who are new to SWFL, what often surprises them about making a home here?
Most of them aren’t accustomed to the design flow that is necessary from the inside of the home to the outside. Because of our wonderful weather, the interior and exterior designs are dependent upon each other.
Describe the perfect client.
This is someone who knows what they like and who welcomes my help to elevate it to the next level. It also helps when they are comfortable enough to convey what they don’t like.
Do you have design pet peeve?
When there is just too much furniture and accessories in one space.
Any words of wisdom for a young person who thinks they want to be an interior designer?
Just remember that even though it is fun, it requires the same effort as any job out there. And never forget that the ultimate goal is to make the client happy. ¦