While building her dream home in the awe-inspiring wine country, Tineke had a revelation. She recognized her unique ability to understand design concepts and transform them into creative living solutions that embody personality and lifestyle.
What inspired this career path for you? Being creative has been a major source of joy for me ever since I was a little kid, but I really got hooked on interior design when I bought my first home. I had such a tight budget for remodeling that I ended up doing it all myself – and I absolutely loved it. I had always dabbled in different artistic hobbies, but that was the moment I realized I had found my true calling.
What is your go-to source for inspiration? I draw a lot of inspiration from my travels abroad, and when designing for clients I will often think about the places I’ve been, different styles I’ve admired, and the history and culture that inform those styles. I have a Dutch/Belgian heritage, and I adore European furniture design and the whole European eclectic movement.
Tell us about your creative process. When I first meet with a new client, I sit down to clear my mind of any other projects I’m working on and try to get a very clear picture of the people I’m designing for and how they live. Do they entertain frequently? Have small children? Love to travel? I try to envision them in their happy place and then set to work on creating a beautiful but liveable environment that suits their personal style, whatever it may be.
Describe your style in 6 words or less. Eclectic, chic, vibrant, playful, and, most of all, balanced.
What’s a staple in your tool kit? My pencil and my sketchbook go with me just about everywhere. They enable me to think outside the box and capture design inspiration whenever and wherever it strikes!
Who do you look up to in the design world? Dorothy Draper, Kelly Hoppen, Tommi Parzinger, Kelly Wearstler, and my most favorite Italian designer of all, Pucci!
If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be? I’d love to build a luxurious modern beach house on an island for Justin Timberlake. I think he is so fun and would be an absolute kick to design for. Who wouldn’t want to spend time at the beach with Justin?
Tell us your favorite design-related word, phrase, or quote. “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” – Coco Chanel
Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without? I am a big fan of 1stdibs and Remodelista.
What do you love about Viyet? Viyet is a fabulous marketplace for designers and the general public to pick up high-end pieces at a great value. They do a terrific job curating the products so that quality is top notch. And there is such an amazing group of designers to pull from – it’s better than an auction house!