Cornerstone Design does it all
Many interior design companies are all about choosing furniture and wall art. But there aren’t many that focus on an entire building or remodeling project from start to finish.
Cornerstone Design has been providing professional interior design for a wide variety of markets in the Treasure Valley since 1992. “We do residential, multi-family, commercial, hospitality, entertainment, and more,” says Owner Suzie Hall. “Our offerings are what we call full-service interior design. We provide everything from space planning through interior design to lighting, furniture, window coverings, art, and accessories.” Cornerstone even works with builders and architects from the early planning stages of a project to ensure the best end result.
This holistic approach to interior design is not the only thing that makes Cornerstone Design unique. “Another thing that sets us apart is our years of experience in this market,” Hall says. “We offer a really high level of expertise in our industry and we also are influenced a lot by travel and other cultures. Our designs don’t look like typical Boise designs. We always get the comment, ‘Wow, where did you think of that?’”
Hall says she and her staff take individual research trips and gather ideas from previous places they’ve lived and traveled. Last spring, she took her design team to New York for a design inspiration trip. Hall says many Treasure Valley homes have a rustic, mountain style, depending on when they were built, instead of a more contemporary or modern style that is popular in places like New York or Los Angeles.
“We fully believe we’re designing for our clients, not ourselves,” Hall says. “That’s why we don’t want to have a ‘look’ we’re known for.” Hall and her team start the process with an intake meeting with the client where they download everything the client has in their mind about the project. “That can range from Pinterest boards to photo clippings or emailed links,” Hall says. “We also give them a questionnaire to fill out about personality and lifestyle. That really goes a long way in helping us get to know our clients.” Intake meetings lead to design meetings, and once construction starts, the Cornerstone designers make site visits.
One of Cornerstone’s most notable projects is the old Paul Revere Estate, which many will recognize as a Boise icon. Hall says the home and pool were taken down and they started from scratch and ended up with over 7000 square feet of new construction.
“We worked with the client, builder, and architect from early on in the process all the way through to hanging the art,” she says. “It’s a high-tech, fully automated home.” The nearly three-year project includes a large chandelier, custom designed by Cornerstone Design and fabricated by Boise Art Glass and a local metal worker. “We love working with those local craftspeople who produce works of art that we can integrate into our design,” Hall says.
One would think that a project of that size would be all consuming, but Hall says her team is able to work on 10-15 projects at a time because they’re all in different stages of design and construction. “We like that because it keeps things interesting,” she says.
Hall herself took a non-traditional route getting into interior design. A career in the office furniture industry led to interior design for commercial clients, and finally her NCIDQ, a professional qualification from the National Council for Interior Design.
“I have a lot of favorite parts of the work,” she says. “I love the conceptual and space planning stages. You start with a blank canvas and get to create how a home is going to lay out and how clients will live and flow through the space.”
Hall says sustainability also plays an important part in what Cornerstone Design is all about. “We have a great portfolio of sustainability projects,” she says. “Sustainability is inherent in projects we do. We choose finishes and materials that don’t off-gas, with recycled or environmentally friendly content, and we try to use local crafts people whenever we can to make furniture or do work on our projects.”
And even though the majority of the workload takes place before a home is furnished with furniture and art, Hall says the mark of a great project is being able to see it through to the very end. “We don’t like to say, ‘okay, your house is done, now go shopping!’ We like to be responsible for that part of a project,” she says. “That holistic approach works really well.”