When choosing a good interior designer, we have to think about who can put all our needs at the forefront. At the end of the day, that person is the one who will design the space where we will live, and we will have to love it unconditionally because we have given them our trust to create something that makes us feel comfortable. And that is what distinguishes Margarita Bravo, a successful Venezuelan interior designer, from the rest.
What makes Bravo stand out among interior designers? She is known for forming close bonds with her clients to ensure that they get exactly what they want. Bravo recognizes the impact that a well-designed environment can have on a person, so she has committed her career to create settings that represent her clients and are conducive to the flow of positive energy and vibes. She is a genius at layering colors, styles, patterns, and periods; no two of her interiors are alike.
The booming real estate market, combined with Miami's status as the third best city for interior designers in the country, means that Bravo has chosen the ideal location for her new interior design office, which opened in March 24. She also has offices in Denver, Aspen and Montecito.
Bravo, a designer, decorator, and furniture designer, handles home and studio projects quickly, offering "white glove" service and a wide range of services combined with her flair. Bravo's clients can count on her to reduce stress, save time, and save money when designing, renovating, or remodeling any project, whether in English or Spanish. She'll even bring caviar and champagne to a client's home as part of her concierge services. Her high-profile clientele entrusts her and the MARGARITA BRAVO team to bring their design dreams to life and guide them through the intricate and personal process in a hassle-free and joyful manner.
Her diverse projects hold incomparable elegance that can't be found anywhere else, from her exquisite, hand-made furniture collection built-in Porto, Portugal, to her Venezuelan origin and New York City education. Bravo's experience working with artisans and architects allows her to function as a project manager when necessary. She can even make furniture for her clients who can't find exactly what they're looking for under the SORELLA brand.
The Miami design office will provide world-class design decor in Miami, Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne, Miami Beach, North Miami Beach, Hallandale Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Alis Beach, and Boca Raton and renovation services to all of South Florida. The crew also speaks Spanish fluently.
Describe your company and your background.
Margarita Bravo: I have a background in engineering. I went to college and graduated as an industrial engineer; then, life took me places when I arrived in Denver. And that's when I decided that I wanted to make a shift in my career. So I did some studies at an Institute in New York and another design institute in Barcelona. And I started the company in 2015.
The way I see a project, my approach is always very holistic, a complete cycle. We have even become a concierge Interior Design Studio. We take the client through every stage of the process. We put together the team, bring the architecture we need with the landscaping, etc. So we put everything together, and we're the liaison between the client and the behind-the-scenes team. We oversee everything. We do the interior and exterior design, then we put together budgets, labor costs, and material costs, and we handle the entire execution for our clients.
Describe the concierge service aspect of your company; how did it start?
Margarita Bravo: During COVID, we saw a need for concierge services, so we added that to our company. For example, we have many clients, and they may say, "Hey, I'm in North Carolina, and I just bought this house, but can you please get the key from the agent, renovate, decorate, coordinate my moving trucks, pick up my car, organize everything, I just want to get there and literally, see food in the fridge." Sure, why not? During COVID, everybody had different approaches to how safe they would feel to get right to their new home and be clean and ready to go. That idea was very attractive.
How are you approaching the Miami interior design scene?
Margarita Bravo: We are doing and attending a lot of events. We are creating that buzz because we know that services are needed, and we're eager to start getting things going. And it's just a matter of time before getting started on new projects and getting out there so potential clients can learn about us and what we offer. And then we can start building relationships.
Who is your clientele?
Margarita Bravo: A big chunk of our clientele is homeowners. And it's usually these clients that have a busy life, and they want somebody to take care of everything, and they call when things are ready. But we also have the means to build relationships with developers and be able to provide what they need. The approach is different, and the package that we put together for them is differemt too; but we can take care of those clients as well.
How do you apply your work to keep a space positive and with a good flow and good vibes?
Margarita Bravo: First, we need to know our clients. There is a process where we meet with them multiple times to learn about their lifestyle, vision, likes, and dislikes. Are they allergic to anything? So all this information is essential for us to understand early on. Our approach is very client-centric. We always want to put our style of how we do things and the creative aspect of our interior design studio, but at the same time, we want to make sure that we create spaces that reflect our client's personality. Some clients enjoy a lot of colors; some clients enjoy a more neutral palette with texture. Beauty and design need to work side by side with functionality. So, we also put a big emphasis on what will be used for. How often will they be in the space? Is this their primary home? Who are they going to be entertaining? Do they have dogs or cats? So we want to make sure that we're covering every angle of how they will live and function in the space to incorporate it into our design.
What is a good way of incorporating hard and soft into a room?
Margarita Bravo: I will say that I love mixing metals and woods and making them work together. As well as soft with fun fabrics, window treatments, layers in the different spaces with pillows and throw blankets, and just mixing those different textures that you can find in textiles. So pretty much, the sky's the limit.
How many accessories are too many, and how can you master a balanced look in your home?
Margarita Bravo: I will say that if I have to talk about my style, that doesn't come up as often when I am with clients because it's all about their style. But I describe myself as being more essentialist. And what that means is I wouldn't just cover a wall with 20 pieces of art, or I wouldn't cover every single wall with works of art. I feel that in a space, you need to have focal points and places where your eyes can rest—so finding a balance.
Do you have any tips on working with an interior designer?
Margarita Bravo: It's essential to work with an interior designer. Because some people have that vision, but many of us don't. And when we (interior designers) are putting spaces together, we can see everything together in our brains. And then put it out on paper, put it on the presentation and renderings, transfer that information to the client, and make sure that every detail works. We also work with budgets, deadlines, and timelines, so there are a lot of different pieces that we put together.
How can people create a sanctuary at home? Any tips to help homeowners relax and revive
Margarita Bravo: We are seeing more and more clients choose a room or space and call it a yoga room, a reading room, or the wine room. So we make sure that you are bringing comfortable furniture. For example, I'm in love with this piece of furniture, the meditating chair. It's a beautiful design, but then it also can help you meditate, and when you see it, it calls for comfor. So choosing the right furniture pieces will make you want to stay in a place. Alos, neutral colors, soft pillows and choosing the right essence for the space.
What are some of the new color trends in appliances, fixtures, and interiors?
Margarita Bravo: Brass metals and black metals have been trending for a while, and it seems like they will stay for longer. Also, many organic colors, the greens, browns, and oranges, are very in. On a personal note, when we go through a design process, I ask clients what colors they like and dislike. Maybe green is trendy, but the client says green is their least favorite color. So I'm not going to bring that into my design palette. I'm going to ask, "What is your favorite color? Where are the color products you would like to see in your house." This is a house that they will enjoy as a primary home or a secondary home, and they need to love everything about it. Because if we go with the fact that green is trending in 2022, what happens in two years? Do we need to go back and change everything just because the color is not trending anymore? So I think it's about making sure there is a balance between what the client loves right now and what they will love in the next five years.
What to do when you and your partner have different design ideas?
Margarita Bravo: We apply the same discovery process. We sit down and interview them together, also ask them individually what they like and dislike, and find a way to incorporate their styles and make them work because they both need to love it.
Have you seen any interior design trends in Miami?
Margarita Bravo: I will say that for Miami to be in the ocean, maybe you expect to see more coastal feeling, more California kind of feeling, but it's the opposite. It's very glam and very bright and very bold and fun. And I think that all that comes with the crowd coming to Miami and how international the city has become. And it's amusing to see what's happening in the city and what the clients are looking for, and they are very edgy. I think they're not afraid to be bold and express themselves through design. So I feel that Miami is a city that enjoys and appreciates design. They want to express that in everything they wear, where they live, what they drive, and even what they eat. I mean, even restaurants are very design-oriented.
Do you have any design tips for the new business owners?
Margarita Bravo: Whether you open a restaurant, spa, or store, you need to make sure that you have a well-designed front area and curb appeal. Because as I said, what I gathered from the Miami crowd is that they are very interested in finding new places and new experiences. And I think that experience starts with visuals. What do you see when you're walking into this new restaurant or this store that gets your attention? So that's why I think it is an excellent investment to have a well-designed space that is bold, attractive, and fun; whatever product or service you are offering creates a sensory experience for the clients.
Photography by: Courtesy Margarita Bravo