TREVOR FULMER DESIGN
We sat down with Boston-based interior designer, Trevor Fulmer, to discover his design inspirations and the importance of sparking conversation through bold design.
Master Bedroom designed by Trevor Fulmer Photographed by Sabrina Cole Quinn
I began my career working as an experiential graphic designer in the advertising industry. I would design permanent and mobile environments for consumer brands like Dunkin’ Donuts, Reebok and for business giants like IBM and Liberty Mutual. Over time I realized I wanted to build more personal relationships with my work so I transitioned to residential interior design. I love the connections I make with my clients and my clients make with their homes.
My grandmother was an incredibly talented artist who loved discovering and creating art. Whether drawing, painting or antique shopping, she exuded creativity and encouraged me to do the same. I was told I could draw before I could walk.
I have huge admiration for Ralph Lauren. He has developed timeless styles that embody American culture - he finds inspiration everywhere, from city streets to the prairies of the Midwest.
I’m also captivated by the late David Hicks. I find inspiration in his use of bold geometric patterns, his studies of size, proportion and shape, and his explorations in color.
My senses inspire me everywhere I go; the sight of a contemporary artist splashing paint, the sound of poetry readings, the touch of rusted steel, the smell of autumn air, the taste of Chilean wine. Inspiration is everywhere, I just sense it.
Living space designed by Trevor Fulmer Photographed by Sabrina Cole Quinn
The first and most important step is to familiarize myself with my client - get to know them on a personal level and understand what makes them tick. Then I discover how my client wants to live and use their space. Finally, we work together to determine the project's scope, timeline and budget.
The magazines Interior Design and Architectural Digest to name a few. The book Classic & Modern by Alan Barlis and Dennis Wedlick is on my coffee table and has become a recurring source of inspiration. I also spend countless hours exploring Instagram (shhhhh, don’t tell) for compelling spaces.
Initial creative intuitions are often right. If they are not, they will inspire what will be right. You must love it. Liking it is not enough.
I am working with a wonderful couple in Boston’s Seaport/Innovation District. They recently purchased a condo in one of the premiere residences and they have a beautifully curated collection of hand-blown glass. Each piece represents a memory and comes with a personal story. I’m so excited to use natural and ambient light to highlight this artwork. I already know this residence is going to be a showstopper.
I am also nearing the completion of a modern condo in Boston’s South End for a repeat customer who’s a joy to work with; I understand his aesthetic and he trusts my design sense. The project has been an exploration of shape, scale, comfort, and style. He’s already pre-booked me for two more projects on Cape Cod and Nantucket; I can’t wait!
I’ve been decorating our home for 37 years even though we’ve only lived in it for 3 years. When I look around I see a childhood drawing of Mickey Mouse, photos of my grandfather in uniform, books from my favorite college class. To an outsider, the house my husband and I call home is “done,” but it will never be finished. Just like us, our home is continually evolving and changing. It’s filled with meaningful objects, priceless memories and a future of untold stories.
I call my style “Trans modern.” I pair transitional elements with modern shapes, bold colors and individual styles. I’m also a self-proclaimed conversational designer. I want my clients’ spaces to spark conversation and encourage togetherness. A room is just a room until it has people, life, laughter, and maybe a cocktail or two.
Whether it’s a fifteen-minute catnap or an all-night slumber, I need good sleep for clarity and health. Sleep determines my level of productivity and gives me the creative insights I need to be on my A-game.
I love the Bold Collection for its strong framed edges. I must say, that lacquer color is everything! If I want a softer look, my go-to is the Triplo Bourdon Collection for its crisp, clean and elegant lines.
A photo of my husband and I with our families from our wedding day, a small jade plant that was gifted to me by a client and friend, the book Blue Zones by Dan Buettner (I’m trying to “make it” to 100), a woven leather coaster for my water glass and yes, Alexa. I control the entire house from bed.