About the designer
Founded in 1994, Janet Bilotti Interiors, ASID, is creative, timeless and inviting to the client’s lifestyle. Her designs have the hallmarks of attention to detail in space, scale, and materials. Her residential projects include homes for high-profile clients throughout the United Sates and Europe. A magnum cum laude graduate from Concord University with a degree in visual communications, Bilotti is NCIDQ qualified, maintains Florida ID license #11 and IB license #770.
Take us through your design process – how do you begin developing each project?
As I start to develop a new project design, I review the client needs and existing space. Good design should be new, refreshing, and functional. Trying to replicate something from the past, like a Baroque building, never seems to be as good as the original.I want the design to be better than my client ever felt it could be…bring something to the concept that they had never thought about…Make space better in some design sense, even if in a small way, like a new paint color.
What serves as your inspiration?
Many elements influence the direction I take on a design project. I still enjoy seeing the work of my peers in shelter publications and attending international furniture markets to see new introductions. Studying nature, fashion, and even package design can start a creative process. I always consider space planning and my client’s likes and lifestyle.
How has the nature of interior design changed over the past few years?
Technology has changed the world, including interiors and the design of interiors. Flat screen TV’s, audio components have created a whole new type of cabinetry direction, acoustical needs, and speed of design. The Internet has made the world offerings of interior elements a click away for anyone. Sometimes, a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. For many tetchy clients, my job is to guide them and teach them that less is still more. A great space doesn’t have every design element that you love competing for attention in a room.
What is your Design/Builder Philosophy?
After 30 years of working with clients on their homes, I spend more time interviewing and listening to their preferences, habits and lifestyles. I am continually challenged and motivated to make a client’s home more than they thought it could be.
What are your Specialties?
I made a commitment over 20 years ago to not have “a distinctive style”, but to listen to my clients needs and preferences and help make their interior better than what they would have created if they had my education, experience and tools.
How have you developed your style as it relates to your clients?
I try to tailor my business to the individual client and their needs and desires. Some clients need more direction, some need more input. We try to listen and meet their needs to create a timeless, inviting interior.
When you work with a client, how do you know what direction to take the color?
The most basic transformation of a space is the introduction of color. Warm colors such as yellow or red advance, and cool colors such as blue or green recede. These basic principles con lower a high ceiling or improve proportions of a space. I use color in a creative way to give an element of surprise-pleasing but unexpected.
How do you work to develop and define your clients’ personal styles?
My clients are well traveled, sophisticated and very aware of good interior design and design trends. This enables us to explore together different avenues of design. A great home should revolve around a client’s lifestyle and family and should continue to delight them and grow with their needs.
Are you working on any projects that are particularly exciting right now?
I designed a home for a local couple. They were committed to great design and exploring all possibilities for their home interior. We used different combinations of exotic veneers and custom cabinetry. It has been fun to research and create their third Naples home, making it different but as suited to their lifestyle as their previous homes.
What is your Fee Method?
Letter of Agreement with retainer for design cost and a % fee on all purchases.