An apple doesn’t fall far from the tree..

August 26, 2013 by Reed Design Build

NIcholeI am Nichole Claprood, designer with Reed Design Build for about 3 years.  I am originally from small-town Indiana.  I came down to Naples to visit my aunt after high school and never went back.  I have just celebrated my 11 yr. anniversary with my husband Jason and we have two little cuties Tyler, 9 and Kara, 8.

I have been involved in different facets of interior design, construction and cabinet design throughout my life.  As a daughter of a contractor, instead “hanging” out with friends at the mall, I was “hanging” shingles, patching drywall holes or helping demo (which I loved).  Besides being fun, I did gain knowledge of construction and an appreciation of how labor intensive it can be.

Looking back, I would say my biggest design influence was Candice Olson, host of Divine Design.   I was in loved her classic-chic design style.   She is sophisticated, endearing yet somewhat silly.  You could tell she had a close relationship with her contractors as well as clients and truly understood what they wanted.

As a designer, I prefer remodeling because with my homeowners I can transform a space into something that uniquely different each time.  Plus, I still love to demo…. even though I’m not allowed to help.