Member Spotlight

    Christina HiguchiDezine Refined  Palm Desert, CA 

    When did you realize that you wanted to become an interior designer?

    When I was young, I was surrounded by European antiques in our home (from Sweden – my heritage), mixed with Danish modern (time period 1957-1970). When I began babysitting jobs at the age of 11, I began focusing on interior environments since some of my clients were influential: (i.e. movie/T.V. industry, cultural arts, architects) and my father was a structural engineer. When my parents purchased an income property, a Spanish American triplex in the Hollywood Hills in 1966, I had my first experience with tenants (interior improvements and upgrades) and at age 12 and 16, I designed my own bedroom.

    Who was the first interior designer to make an impression on you?

    Frank Lloyd Wright & Richard Meyer (geometrics)

    What are some of the things that influence you, aside from furniture and décor?

    This is where I come in, Dezine Refined believes and supports ‘design with thought around the human anatomy’ and incorporating Universal Design subliminally, considering function and needs within the home when it comes to birth defects, health issues of dwellers and visitors, short term disabilities, sports injuries, and more, creating an environment to meet wellbeing and lifestyle criteria without compromising the design and client’s expectations.

    What are your go-to basics?

    Keep it simple with white, neutrals and monochromatic, adding texture, color and variety of shapes and forms.

    Are you seeing any particular style requests trending amongst your clients?

    Smaller scale homes requiring smaller scale furnishings, many of which need to be custom made since standard sizes are typically for larger homes. Design trends are good to follow, in-part, with a timeless interior in all three main design categories: contemporary, transitional and modern.

    What’s been your career highlight to date?

    I have two highlights: my initial career in corporate interiors/LA from 1972-1993 (I enjoyed every moment of it) and my part-time interior design business in residential/small office/small commercial since 2003 (being there for the client and making them happy).

    What’s the most treasured item in your own home?

    Believe it or not it’s not one item as much as the memorabilia, special letters, cards, photos and the back-up drive…it has most of my life in it.