Linda Mariani, FIFDA
Linda received her design education at Chamberlayne College in Boston and was lucky to apprentice at The Weston Studio under the eyes of Dan and Louise Kennedy. It was here she developed her business skills and a deep passion for design. Upon Dan's death, Louise sold the business to Tim West and a few years later Linda purchased Weston Studio from Tim. The Weston business grew to include a team of four designers and a retail store selling lovely antiques and home accessories. When the last two designers, Christine Maier and Linda Gordon retired, Linda decided it was time to operate the business solo and from her Wellesley home.
The interior design challenges each client presents continue to provide Linda with ways to develop creative solutions to meet their needs/wishes. The lasting relationship she has formed with many clients shows the trust they have in her work.
Seeing a need to help people stay in their homes longer, Linda has fine-tuned her skills to include universal design. Fully able to aid in the transition from a family home to something more manageable Linda has become quite adept at organizing, planning and overseeing this difficult move. She has been a key part in making spaces feel like home when moving to condominiums, retirement communities as well as assisted living.
Through the years Linda has also collaborated on commercial projects such as: designing the reception area in a newly built headquarters of an international company, she was part of a team that built-out the entire floor in a Boston high-rise office building, several Boston hotel hospitality rooms, local church projects, as well as area banks.
Linda is a Fellow in the International Furnishings and Design Association. This designation is awarded to one who has served on many Boards and provided voluntary service in the community. She served as the National Chair of the IFDA Educational Foundation and as the Director of Scholarships and Grants.
Linda prepared and taught a class at the Boston Architectural College and in 2007 she was given the opportunity to do a "Room for Improvement" segment on WHDH news. All of these responsibilities continue to fulfill that early desire to become an interior designer.