Hilary Unger: New York designer
- Where did you go to school: New York School of Interior Design
- Favorite design element: materials
- Favorite adult beverage: White wine/rose
- Favorite publication you have been on: New York Time for under $300
- How do clients find you: referrals and the internet
Hilary joined us today from New York, where she has a hugely successful interior design business. She has a very interesting interior design business. We talked about getting press, managing her business, and starting an offshoot design business. Her two companies are called Perianth and Buy My Eye. Perianth is her full-service interior design firm, and Buy My Eye is a company she has started to provide a cost effective way for homeowners to hire a designer for a one-time fee to get design recommendations. According to her website, “Buy My Eye is a set-fee interior design service that is perfect for the design enthusiast who wants advice from an experienced interior designer without committing to a full-scale contract.”
Hilary has been able to get some incredible press coverage over the years. She has been in the New York Times, The Wallstreet Journal, Apartment Therapy, and Elle Decor to name a few. But the one that interested me the most was a series of video based on the interiors of movies in the Oscars.
To get in touch with Hilary, contact her through his website at perianth.com
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So today, we’re talking to Hilary Unger of Perianth Interior Design, and she’s in the Big Apple. That’s right. She’s in New York City. And she’s going to be talking to us today about “livable luxury” and what does that mean.
So, we’re going to jump right in. The first thing I ask her was, “Where did you go to school, Hilary?”
I went to New York School of Interior Design. I have my Interior Design degree from there. But before I went there, I got a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Rhode Island, and I majored in Textiles Merchandising and Design, which is basically fashion, fashion merchandising. And I had a minor in Arts and a concentration in Interior Design.
So, I always knew I wanted to study Interior Design, but I didn’t realize — then decided that I wanted to — Actually, the day that I graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in Textiles Merchandising and Design, I actually realized I didn’t want to work in fashion. And I wanted to be an interior designer.
So, I spoke to the Dean at RISD, but decided that I actually end up going to the New York School of Interior Design, which was perfect. It was an amazing school.
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