Getting to know interior design master Summer Tubridy of Onyx Interiors.
Name: Summer Tubridy
Design Firm: Onyx Interiors
Contact info: email@example.com
Schooling/Credentials: Art Institute of Charleston, BFA in Interior Design
A Closer Look:
It’s hard to believe that Summer Tubridy has only been professionally designing spaces for six years. She admits, though, that the beginning stages of design started as a child, when at age 10, her father built their family home. Summer was influenced at that young age to design and build her own outdoor playhouse from remnants of stained wood planks, concrete block and pale rose carpeting.
In addition to that early experience and her father’s construction skills, Summer finds her passion from her grandmother’s love for interiors and gardening. The combined familial connections have allowed her to gain a deep understanding and broad sense of interior design from the beginning, opening the door for her to find a cohesive balance between aesthetics, form and function.
When describing her design approach, Summer says, “First, Concept. Then, Design. Guided by each client’s aspirations, I provide a strong conceptual design to reach an intended goal – a personalized story that reflects the values, lifestyles and individual characteristics of the client for whom it is designed. It is important to me that the background palette has a classic elegant feel, and then layer with a dramatic, modern edge.” Fittingly, then, Summer self-describes her design aesthetic as classic, modern and dramatic.
As she designs her spaces, she draws inspiration from her deep-rooted passion for science and art, drawing influence from natural materials. As she says, “I look for patterns, textures and colors that can be showcased into a fresh and modern design.” Summer’s favorite room to design in a home is a kitchen, believing it the perfect setting to allow you to play with different compositions, finishes and materials.
Summer also believes in the power of art within a space. “Art provides a story from the artist that captures the hearts and minds of the viewer,” she says. “Art needs to evoke emotion, draw you in, and make you think. If you have all these elements, then it’s a success.”
Summer’s favorite project to date has been a local, Charlotte space: the penthouse suites at the VUE in Uptown. “I was fortunate enough to work with luxury apartment developer, Northwood Ravin, and select the interior finishes of the penthouses. This led to the opportunity to work with former NASCAR driver, Angela Cope and her husband Michael Ruch to design and furnish their 3,000sf high-rise penthouse.”
When she isn’t busy adding her knack for color and texture to spaces, Summer can be found on the lake with her husband Michael and their goldendoodle, Oscar, or diving into the duck breast and pan-fried corn at her favorite restaurant, Rooster’s Uptown.