My style at home is a welcoming exploration of artistic experiences while allowing comfort for myself and guests.– elijah engram
Explain your design inspiration in three words.
Infinitive. Classic. Innovative.
Did you have formal training to learn interior design or worked as a mentee under another designer?
Yes, I have a formal educational background in Interior Architectural Design. Originally, studying at the University of Nevada Las Vegas | School of Architecture. Currently, I’m finishing my Interior Design certification with the New York Institute of Art & Design.
When you design an interior for a client, what do you hope to achieve?
When I design for a client(s), it’s imperative that I arrange and simplify the context of how clients use their space(s) efficiently. I hope to achieve a long-term relationship in the sense that as time transcends, my design becomes a part of all stages during their transitions of life.
I see you have a Gay Podcast called Mr. Renaissance Man. What do you discuss? Is it just you speaking?
Ah, yes! I do have a Gay Podcast: Mr. Renassiance Man. It’s an ongoing podcast that begins to explore the modern gay culture from the Black & African-American experience. The first couple of episodes are me speaking, but presented in an inclusive dialogue that will stimulate thought, provide a good laugh, and educate.
When hiring an Interior Designer, what are some key elements people should look for in finding the right person?
Some key elements people should be on the lookout for when hiring an Interior Designer:
- Credentials (certifications/licenses).
- A cultivated a portfolio of various types of spaces and color schemes.
- A well-rounded individual equipped with great communication skills.
Hardwood Floors or Tiles?
My personal favorite is hardwood floors. However, both materials serve their purpose in designated areas of a person’s home for appropriateness and efficiency.
Vintage or Contemporary?
My design tends to lean more towards contemporary.
Do you prefer residential spaces or commercial?
I specialize in both. Nonetheless, through residential design, I have more creative freedom and selection.
Are there any Interior Designers alive or deceased that inspire you?
Yes, Interior Designer, Adair Curtis, spouse to Fashion Creative Director, Jason Bolden. He inspires me and also a Black gay African-American designer.
If someone hired you to redesign their kitchen, what are three things that are must-haves for you?
If someone hired me to redesign their kitchen, my three must-haves are:
- Ensuring the use of workable countertop space(s).
- Sufficient lighting.
- Efficient appliances.
Chopped Pillow or Clean Lines?
In my book, any pillow over 24″ better have a chop on it! Clean lines are playing it safe.
Describe your style in your home?
My style at home is a welcoming exploration of artistic experiences while allowing comfort for myself and guests.