Stylishly Living with Pets

As almost everyone knows, we are animal lovers! Rescuing dogs and cats is our joy, and our pets are our children.

We believe our pets deserve the same comforts as our human counterparts, so we are liberal with our four-legged friends on couches, outdoor furniture, and in our beds…but living with pets does not need to come at the expense of great design.

We embrace our pets in our homes, and still enjoy exceptional style and fun in our interior design. Here are a few tips for you to live stylishly with your beloved animals:

  • When selecting rugs don’t be too concerned.  Get what works in the house.  If you have wool rugs, they are cleanable with baby shampoo.  If you have a catastrophe, there are usually professionals in every city that can get just about anything out of a rug (even an expensive antique rug).  In Santa Fe we are blessed with one of the best textile cleaners in the United States.
  • Tailored slip covers are also a great option for chairs and sofas.  Easy to clean, should something happen.
  • We love crisp white sheets for our bedding, as our dogs sleep with us.
  • We believe just about everything is fixable. The reason you have a dog or cat is to give them the best life possible and with that comes enjoying all of the comforts of home that we get to enjoy.
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Illuminating Palm Springs!

We enjoyed an amazing getaway to Palm Springs!

Being outdoors and hiking through the lush green landscape was just what we needed to feel revived and rejuvenated. The natural beauty of the various landscapes we have the fortune to travel to, and be enveloped in, provide us perpetual inspiration, and always have an influence on our designs.

How The Magic Happens at Violante & Rochford

First time remodelers, home buyers, or redecorators often ask us, “What is the interior design process like?” It’s a common question and one we love to answer. Why? Because while the steps in the process may be the same, the outcome is always unique and exclusive to the client.

Step 1: The Conversation

We sit down with every new client(s) and have a conversation. We’ll ask them about their preferences, tastes, and style. But we’ll also go a bit deeper. What inspires you? Tell us about your life? Where do you find motivation?

We use the answers from these personal questions as our driving creative force. All of our interior designs are extraordinarily personalized. We never use a single stock or copied idea! As you can see from our article in Luxe, we go to extreme lengths to make sure our designs are unique to each client.

As also mentioned in our New York Spaces interview, we spent a lot of time with clients before we get started; learning about their personalities, finding a happy medium between a couple ideas, seeing what colors and pieces they gravitate towards and find comfortable. This process really helps inform us as to where we should take the design.

Step 2: The Brainstorm

Once we’ve got your answers, we’ll sit down and brainstorm. This means bouncing ideas off one another, sketching, researching, and more. Since one of us has an arts and business background and the other a design expertise, our strengths combine during this stage of the process to finalize our ideas and present them to you.


Step 3: The Work

After presenting our ideas to you and getting your approval, it’s time for us to get to work. We’ll order the furniture, accessories, supplies, and more. Our team will get right to work bringing your interior design dreams to life.

Step 4: The Final Reveal

After all our hard work and effort, this is our favorite part – revealing the final design to the clients. While transforming a space is a thrill, the real treasure is seeing the excitement on our clients’ faces when they see the finished piece.


Let’s work together, on your interior design dreams!

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Inspiration is Everywhere – Especially in England

As interior designers, we know that inspiration can come from everywhere. Even the most unlikely places can spark a bit of creativity and excitement. When we decided to travel to England for Paul’s 50th birthday, we knew
we were in store for constant inspiration – and were we ever!

Take a look at the stories, experiences, architecture, and places that
provided us with ample inspiration for projects to come.

A Good Day for a Swim

The night before Paul’s birthday, we had dinner with our wonderful travel companions. Pam mentioned that she had seen a family meet daily at 7:00amfor a morning swim. What a way to start the day! Of course, Paul decided he had to join in. And what better day to do so than on his birthday? The next morning, bright and early, we went down for a birthday swim!

Check out the video of our morning excursion

The Perfect Place to Rest Our Heads

While in England, we stayed at the Endsleigh House. Built in 1810 by the Duke of Bedford as a hunting lodge, this place was absolutely romantic, relaxing, and peaceful. Not to mention the rustic country interior! How can you not garner inspiration from this outstanding building and landscape?

Exploring England for Inspiration

Throughout the duration of our trip, we had the opportunity to visit a
whirlwind of historic, legendary, and hands-down breathtaking places.
From the Salisbury Cathedral to the largest thatched roof in England,
the counties of Devon and Cornwall to Johnny Messum’s gallery,
we were filled with inspiration by the end of our journey.

Salisbury Cathedral
Largest Thatched Roof in England
There’s no doubt that we’ll call on the lifelong memories made on this trip in some of our upcoming interior design projects.
Contact Violante & Rochford Interiors
Want us to draw on our England inspiration for your home or business interior design? You don’t have to ask us twice! Contact us today to get started.