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Understanding the Home Design Process: An Interview with Suzanne Tucker of Tucker & Marks

By Suzanne Tucker

Tell us a little bit about your experience, company history and the services you offer.

Tucker & Marks designs custom high-end interiors for all types of clients. For 25 years, our mission has been one and the same: To create personalized living environments that our clients are proud to call home. The Tucker & Marks philosophy is to combine style, sophistication, luxury, comfort and appropriateness to create homes that endure and are elegant and refined, approachable and inviting, enjoyable and unforgettable.

I head the firm's Design Studio, which includes the Senior Designers, Amanda Ahlgren and Christopher Roy, and their teams, while Timothy Marks, as Managing Principal, oversees the business operations. Since its inception in 1987, our firm has grown to include the Interior Design Studio, an Architectural Design Department offering interior architectural services and a Purchasing Department to implement and supervise all production and expediting. We are adept at and thrive on working in a team environment with architects, contractors, landscape architects, lighting designers and other artisans in a collaborative fashion to achieve the quality and lasting beauty of a custom home.

What are some of the most common design features that homeowners request in the Bay Area?

Our company specializes in comfortable high-end residential interiors that are tailored to each individual client. As a result, our design work is highly detail oriented, and often incorporates a bespoke element. We attend to our clients' every need and desire, from helping to procure exceptional art and antique collections to custom designed furnishings, sumptuous upholstery, specialized lighting and finely detailed linens and beautiful accessories. We endeavor to design a home that encompasses our clients' individual and personal style and we thrive on developing meaningful and personal relationships with our clients.


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What's the most important thing you do when you first meet with a homeowner about a new design project?

The most important thing is to spend quite a bit of time getting to know the client: their needs and goals, their priorities and long-term objectives.

How do you help people balance what they want for their home with their budget?

We have an open conversation about budget very early on in the process, so there is absolute clarity on that subject and a full understanding of overall cost and timing of expenses.

What advice would you give to homeowners who don't want to have any regrets when their project is finished?

Buy the best (services and products) you can afford.

What's the best way for people to reach you and your company?

Our website list all our contact info: www.tuckerandmarks.com/contact.

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