CHARISMA INTERIOR'S PHILOSOPHY
"It is my desire, as a design professional, to assist my clients with the often overwhelming task of transforming their homes and businesses into their vision. Since completing my interior design education in 1987, it has been my goal to create interiors that reflect individual style, suit the needs of that family, while being beautiful, pleasing and comfortable. I believe that a high level of integrity combined with my design skills and attention to details have been the keys to the success of my business.
"I approach every project from a logical, practical vantage point so that all of the aspects will function together as needed. Then, I add the aesthetic elements of comfort, style preference and creative, visual appeal. Of course it has to look and 'feel' great! Each client receives my enthusiastic attention to detail and follow-through to ensure a smooth flow of details and outcome. I undertake only those projects that I can adequately manage at any given time so my clients know that they will get the service they deserve. In addition, my goal is that every project takes on the individual character that each family will bring to it, in conjunction with my efforts.
"A thorough understanding of the construction process has greatly benefited my ability to work effectively with building contractors and specialty sub-contractors. I get so excited when working step-by-step with each of the professionals as we all move toward a completed, outstanding, finished project. It is a goal of mine to assist the contractor by guiding the client in the choosing of finish materials for the project. A general contractor recently wrote, 'Carol, thank you for your professional design service to my clients which allowed me to be free to run the project so that we could proceed in a timely manner. You were able to tune your design sensibilities to my client's needs and to do so within a tight schedule.'"
Steven Ebersole, Ebersole Construction, Napa Valley, California
"The design process is exciting, challenging and rewarding. It is so fulfilling to hear a client say, 'It is so fun to see the design and the details come together. The project is turning out even better than I had hoped.' And it sure is!"
Carol Gumpert has a passion for design and can barely remember a time in her life that she wasn't interested in interior design. A fascination with architecture, art history as well as international travel have fueled much of her design interest as has a desire to further her education by attending continuing education seminars and design shows.
Her start in the business world was in the fields of management and public relations as the owner of a sports entertainment company. After 14 years in this exciting field that took her to such exotic destinations as Japan, Caribbean Islands and South America, she was able to pursue her true passion of interior design. Upon entering an in-depth, interior design college curriculum, she enthusiastically excelled in all aspects of the course work.
After just a few months in the interiors program, she was offered a design and management position in a prestigious design firm in Southern California. This led to extensive experience and a vast knowledge base in areas involving accessorizing, custom upholstery design, space planning and lighting.
Carol then opened her own interior design studio with a large showroom of home furnishings and decorative accessories. This was an opportunity to expand her knowledge into wholesale sources as well as retail management. After several years the desire to work directly with clients led her to return to residential interior design as her primary focus.
That desire has become Charisma Interiors - where Carol hopes she can help you achieve your dreams!