Employee Spotlight ~ Toni Sunseri

by shari on January 30, 2014

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With a strong sense of design and a chameleon’s eye for nuance, Tallahassee native Toni Sunseri has turned a love of natural form and color into innovative design in residential and commercial interior design. A BFA in Sculpture translated into a decade in film and theater set and costume design in New York City. Returning to her Southern roots with a young son in tow she shifted gears into residential design and never looked back.

Another decade in Atlanta with her company Stoa Design and as part of one of Atlanta’s oldest fine furniture stores Castleberry’s Treasures design teams created award-winning interiors with projects for the Street of Dreams and working with clients that spanned styles from Veranda traditional to Urban loft.
Family illness brought her back to Tallahassee and a position as In-house Designer for H& H Furniture and Design designing for clients along the Gulf Coast and taking a love of sustainable design into furniture design.

“Great design is first and foremost a great conversation that evolves into organic process and elegant manifestation. Whether with a client or with the architecture of the space, I combine intuition with pragmatic application to create functional, beautiful designs.”

Who are some of your favorite designers (and why?)
I love to travel so the work of Vicente Wolf inspires me with his clarity and ability to take gorgeous objects from his life and travels, subtle color and how his environments speak to the events that make a life.

I also love the work of a more traditional designer, John Saladino for his elegant juxtapostions of textures and color that inspired me to take more chances within a more structured point of view. I began my art studies as a painter so his use of color is also very appealing to me.

What is your most interesting room design?
One of my favorite projects in Atlanta was for a family that had spent many years living in Sydney Australia. The husband, a Georgia boy, his Australia wife, who authored cook books and their young teenage daughters brought Ken Done’s crazy exuberant prints and the husband’s collection of Aborginal Didgereedoos. Ultimately we painted their very traditional family room with 20′ ceilings a strong coral to showcase the art and energy they brought back stateside.

What advice do you have for someone with a new home and a limited budget?
What trends do you see coming for Spring 2014?
If you have a limited budget buy a great sofa that can transcend trends and give you years of comfort.

That said…I don’t believe in style trends.

Feel free to email Toni with any design or furniture questions.

toni@shopcustomhome.com

We look forward to sharing more of Toni’s design tips as well as introducing you to everyone else!

Shari

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