Staff photo by Allison Potter
Lisa Bohbrink, from left, Maggie Aardema, Susan Rooksby and Elizabeth Sheats were on hand to greet visitors at the opening of Paysage Interiors on Thursday, Sept. 26.
After 28 years in business and eight years operating Paysage Home in Wilmington, Richard and Jane Marquard have partnered with interior design consultants, Design Associates, to form Paysage Interiors at 7232 Wrightsville Ave.
At a combined party for the Paysage Home anniversary and the opening of the Paysage Interiors design house on Thursday, Sept. 26, Richard Marquard said the new business venture arose from the continued rapid growth of Paysage and the opportunity to combine their interior design expertise with that of the team at Design Associates.
“We are now the largest design firm in Wilmington,” Marquard said. “We are trying to make Wilmington look better inside and out.”
The new design house will be filled with vignettes of the styles and furniture combinations offered through Paysage with a large selection of fabrics and patterns from around the world, Marquard said. Furniture and home accessories lines like Baker Interiors, Lillian August, Hickory Chair and Stanley Furniture will inhabit the space. The walls of the design house will be adorned with original artwork from New Elements Gallery, like pieces from Ann Parks McCray, Betty Brown and Robert Irwin.
The motto for Paysage Home and Interiors is “Naturally Modern Classics” and Marquard said it reflects the unique style Wilmington has developed.
“Wilmington has a sense of style that is naturally modern and classic; not just beachy or modern or classic,” he said. “It is a thing all its own that makes people want to live here and it is our job to reflect that.”
Design Associates founder Maggie Aardema said she was excited about the new opportunity to work with the Paysage team.
“I think the collaboration is going to be really fun because we have a lot of energy and really talented interior designers,” Aardema said. “With the design house we tried to create a home-like atmosphere for clients to see how pieces could work together and where they could be comfortable.”
The services offered by Paysage Interiors include pre-construction consultations, space planning and furniture layouts, home staging, kitchen and bath design, home furnishings, fabrics, window treatments, flooring and carpets and house calls.
For Marquard the most important feature of the interior design industry is the client’s happiness.
“It is all about the connections with people,” he said. “We are going to make people’s homes sing.”
Similarly, Aardema said she has always strived to give her clients exactly what they want.
“We are helping clients realize an environment they actually enjoy living in,” she said.
In addition to Paysage retaining its main location in Lumina Station, Design Associates will also still offer its clients the same services, but in a slightly more limited role.
For more information, visit www.paysage.com