Interiors are meant to evolve, says the designer, and they should be able to stand the test of time. He is a strong proponent of the idea that a client's own interests and personality should be reflected in their spaces. He emphasizes the need to analyze the client's work habits and storage needs.
The value of using a designer, says Tom, who is a trained architect, is in helping integrate a home's aesthetic with its function. The designer can bring resources to a project not ordinarily available to the client.