Carolina Design is a Florida-based interior design studio founded by Carolina Freyre, that creates amazing interior design projects with a wonderful neutral modern design. Keep reading and get to know the founder of Carolina Design and check out some of this studio’s best interior design projects. Enjoy!
Carolina Freyre’s first design recollections take her back to her grandma. She was the ultimate decorator, entertainer, and tastemaker, and on weekends she would arrange dinner parties for her Cuban friends, engaging all five of Carolina’s senses. Cuisine that is delectable. Cocktails are served in elegant glassware. Linen napkins that have been starched. And there’s poetry. Poetry, to be sure. Some remembered the Xanadu that Cuba was to them. Some were penned by the individual speaking the lyrics, others were classics, and yet others remembered the Xanadu that Cuba was to them. Carolina would sit silently in the background, listening and observing while everyone reminisced and made new memories, discreetly inspiring her future design style of honesty and reflection.
Years later, she would embark on trips across the country and abroad as a result of her college and post-graduate studies. First, there was New Orleans, then Philadelphia. After that, I studied Hispanic Studies and Art History at the Spain’s illustrious University of Salamanca. Outside her window, La Tuna serenades her in traditional academic attire. Her formal ballet training was reawakened by an impromptu sevillanas baile. The Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum’s salmon-pink walls…
She was always immersed in the culture and aesthetics of the world around her: music, art, architecture, and people. Later, she put her degree to use at what was then known as the Miami Art Museum (now known as the Perez Art Museum Miami). It was an appropriate position for someone whose influences include Ed Ruscha, Damien Hirst, Massimo Listri, and Peter Beard (as well as Flamenco dancer Joaquin Cortes, poet Pablo Neruda, composer Antonio Jobim and, obviously, David Bowie). Working here offered her a unique insight into the mentality of an artist, which she has now applied to her interior design firm.
Marriage would transport her to the cobblestone streets of Santo Domingo’s Zona Colonial, where she could spend hours playing backgammon in balmy open-air courtyards; to snowy winters in New Hampshire; to painting classes at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts; and to Atlanta’s southern charm and refined entertaining. After 11 years of travel, Miami beckoned her, her husband, and their three girls back home.
Carolina then pursued her passion for travel, culture, and art in the field of interior design. She chose to create her own interiors company after working as a project manager for a Miami-based design firm. Her projects have ranged from a Tuscan-inspired estate in Coral Gables (complete with a regal English library and the obligatory rolling ladder), to a modern twist on a family lodge in Kentucky, to the sultry new island-minded restaurant Mamey (complete with verdant hanging gardens and oversized beaded chandeliers), to a refreshing, airy cottage in Harbor Island. Her rooms are always gathered and beautifully curated, regardless of style. Her clients have all become close friends, and she is constantly accompanied by a team of expert artisans.
Despite her artistic childhood, museum background, and never-ending inspiration she’s gained from traveling and immersing herself in the numerous places she’s called home, it’s maybe the simple things that inspire Carolina the most. The way light catches a room in the morning or changes shape in the evening. What are the home’s architecture and landscaping requirements? The dimensions of a piece of furniture, light fixture, or work of art—how it fills a room and serves the client. “Have nothing in your house that you don’t know to be useful, or believe to be lovely,” William Morris’ insightful words always ring true for her. Above all, there are the needs and desires of the children. Above all, the homeowner’s interests and desires—Carolina is extremely sensitive and considerate in this regard. A treasure from a honeymoon in Bali that has become a family heirloom. After all, design is a matter of the heart; it should make you feel something.