cuss it from the developer’s point of view.
We both learn from that exchange.”
she got back into professional design
when, as a stay-at-home mom, she worked
on her own house.
“People saw it, liked it, and hired me to
do their homes. One client led to another.
Now I do both commercial and residential. Commercial work allows more
impact on more people for the same
amount of effort, but the residential work
is so personal. I am lucky to have great
clients; I always want to challenge them,
to push beyond their comfort zone.”
she may not have a signature style, but
every project she does is sophisticated,
fresh, and inviting. Her personal preference
is Modern design, but she also does historic
preservation work. A house recently completed on Boston’s Beacon Hill is an example of how she has combined both.
“The secret to a successful design is
planning ahead. We spent a year on this
renovation. The client travels a lot, and
she wanted to find pieces to bring to the
project. It takes longer than the cookie-cutter way of doing things, but this has
for years, verbridge has been a proponent
of standardizing and professionalizing the
field of interior design. As a past president of the Massachusetts Interior Design
Coalition, she has advocated for legislation
that would allow interior designers to be
licensed in the state.
“What we do involves life, safety, and
welfare, but without standards the public can’t tell if a designer is qualified to
provide that. Licensing would also allow
interior designers to get more contracts.
Right now, you need an architect’s stamp
to renovate office space, and interior
designers are left out. I am committed to
this profession, and the more professional
the profession is, the happier I am.”
siemasko + verbridge, 126 Dodge St.,
Beverly, MA, 978-927-3745;
interior designer jean verbridge scans the
urban scene through the vintage lead glass in an
architecturally detailed bay in a historic home
she helped design on Boston’s Beacon Hill.