Meet Christopher, Batch Style Concierge
What's your background? Why did you decide to shift your career into design?
I was a career investment management paralegal. I specialized in filing mutual fund offerings at the SEC.
I shifted careers when my position was moved out of state. I decided I had been doing legal work long enough and wanted to try something new.
The outcome of a career counseling session suggested I try interior design work. I had been obsessed with interior design for ages, but never thought about it as a career. Though I had pleasingly furnished many homes, I didn’t know if I had the talent to do it for other people. My partner and friends assured me I did.
What's your role at Batch?
My title is Style Concierge. I help visitors navigate the showroom and tell them about our offerings. I also help the team execute showroom and showcase design projects.
What's the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is seeing a visitor dazzled by the showroom, excited by an item, thrilled by a new purchase or inspired by a visit to Batch.
Where do you go to get new ideas and inspiration?
Instagram and a hoard of mainly French and English interiors magazines, along with some Danish and Australian publications. “The World of Interiors” is a favorite magazine. The magazine regularly has stories about inspiring people who have furnished their homes on their own.
I collect all kinds of interior design and fashion monographs.
I use Pinterest to warehouse found photos.
I also watch my share of Netflix, HGTV, and DIY shelter programs.
What are some of the things that influence you, aside from furniture and décor?
I look at nature to help me understand color interaction. I am also influenced by everyday color combinations people make in choosing their clothes and color combinations of objects I see on the street.
How would you describe your personal style?
Interiors-wise, I’m a modernist but I warm-up and soften modern furniture with vintage, antique and ethnic furnishings and art. My choices depend on the home’s architecture. I want the furnishings to play nicely with the interior architecture.
Clothing wise: High/low, new/vintage. It’s all good as long as the garment is well-made and has a bit of personality.
What trend are you obsessing over right now?
I’m obsessed by warm, minimal Scandinavian interiors.
What is your favorite item in your home?
Several years ago we bought our upstairs neighbors living room curtains when they sold their home. They are bronze-colored silk with a very subtle botanical print. I never liked curtains until I saw these. I was done. Slayed.
After they announced the sale of their home, I politely waited a day or two before I asked “What’s up with your curtains? Wanna sell ‘em?” and asked them to name a price.
What home items do you feel are worth splurging on?
The most comfortable bed and sofa you can afford. Your sleep is way too important to be had on a bad bed. And you don’t want to feel regret every time you see your sofa. Been there!
What design advice would you give to someone furnishing a room for the first time?
Take. Your. Time. Get a feel for the space, what you want in it and how you want it to feel and say about who you are. See how the daylight works in the room before spending your money. Make time to visit showrooms and stores. Save photos of items found on Instagram, Pinterest, and publications to help you articulate how you want your home to look and feel. Before buying a large item, us masking tape to mark the area where you think you want to put a piece of furniture and see if it will work. And be willing to return or sell stuff if it ain’t right! Mistakes can happen and probably will. You should like, if not love, everything you buy for your home.
Finish the sentence: Every room needs...to make you feel good.