Interior Designer Rebecca “Becky” Olsen of Rebecca Olsen Design in Salem has been the “go-to” designer for Dale’s Remodeling for several years; providing design for projects big and small. Becky shares insight on her partnership with Dale’s and her design philosophy in the Q&A below.
What is your background and how long have you been in the design business?
I graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelor’s degree in interior merchandising and design. I also have a bachelor’s degree from Linfield College in business management. I’ve been in the design business for more than 25 years.
What does your role look like when you partner with Dale’s Remodeling on a project?
I’ve been working with Dale’s for seven years now and serve as their on-call interior designer. My work often starts during the sales process when I provide input regarding finishes and layout ideas to help with budgeting. Once the bid is accepted, I meet with the client to see the space, review the project scope and understand any problems we’re trying to overcome with a new design.
You’ve been working with Dale’s Remodeling for quite some time. What do you value most about your partnership?
I really value our teamwork. The project leads at Dale’s are outstanding and easy to work with. Our goal is always to make the customer happy and the finished product brings those results.
I understand you have great connections with Mid-Willamette Valley suppliers and retailers. Who do you enjoy working with and why?
I believe we have incredible talent in the Valley and I enjoy working with all of the trades. Cherry City Interiors has an outstanding showroom and they are great to work with; I appreciate all they do for us as we bring clients in to review their products.
What are your favorite types of projects? Any particular one you want to mention?
I enjoy all of my projects and feel lucky to be part of the process when it comes to working in someone’s home. Each project becomes a new favorite. I am currently working on a house remodel and we are using steel tiles for a fireplace face. It’s a first—I am so excited to see how it turns out!
How do you match materials and design to a client’s unique taste?
People often ask me what my style is, but I design to my clients’ style. Some clients tell me they don’t have a style, but that is what I can help them discover. We go through photos and ideas and after a few visits, we come up with something that becomes their own style.
What cool new material or product do you really love right now?
Luxury Vinyl Tile and Plank flooring designs have really been hot this year. There are so many options and it is easy to take care of—there are even waterproof options available! Many manufacturers make planks that emulate wood, which is a great option for people who prefer the wood look but have young families and pets, requiring floor durability.
What challenges do you face and how do you get through them?
Challenges sometimes come from materials that are not readily available. We do our best to specify material that is readily available but sometimes availability issues are inevitable.
What is your number one goal you hope to achieve with each project?
My goal is for my client to be happy with the end product and have their space challenges solved. I want them to have something that is beautiful and functional.
What advice do you have for someone who doesn’t have an eye for design?
There are a lot of online resources out there like Houzz and Pinterest. Don’t be afraid to talk with a designer, it can save you time and money in the end.
What are some of your favorite sources for inspiration?
I read blogs, use Houzz and attend trade shows as often as possible. I also find great inspiration through our local strategic partners who are creative and innovative in their own fields.