Q&A: Interior Designer Rosa Dest


Rosa Dest Interiors
Years in business: 17
Hometown: Cali, Colombia

Charlotte Home + Garden: What’s your favorite color to wear?

Rosa Dest: Fuchsia. I love the way it makes me feel.


CHG: Favorite color to design with?

RD: I think every room should have a touch of blue. 


CHG: When did you know you wanted to be an interior designer?

RD: I’ve known since I was a child. I was surrounded by women who influenced my love of design. We moved a lot when I was young, and my mom would have the house decorated within a week of the movers coming, creating a home. My grandmother and her sisters had this love for antiques, and the way they would use them throughout their homes was so inspirational. 


CHG: Favorite recent design trend?

RD: The return of color to the home.


CHG: Design trend you wish never happened?

RD: Neutral rooms. Although they can be very pretty, I think they lack personality. Your home tells your story, and most of us don’t have neutral stories to tell. 


CHG: Favorite national interior designer?

RD: Jamie Drake. I love the way he uses color—the combinations pop and complement each other. He creates magic with color.


CHG: Another local designer you admire?

RD: Lisa Mende. She’s a good friend, a great mentor, and she uses color in a magical way.


CHG: Best career advice you’ve been given?

RD: Be yourself, and don’t compare yourself to others. My clients come to me not only for my design aesthetic, but because I listen to their needs. 


CHG: Best place to find inspiration?

RD: I find inspiration in my travels. People who know me know I love to travel. Traveling has opened my eyes to the world, forced me to step outside of my bubble and to appreciate the beauty each culture I visit has to offer. It allows me to grow, creatively and personally.  


CHG: Three words that describe how you hope clients feel when seeing their completed homes? 

RD: Wowed. Happy. Proud.