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she met tom cullins and William Truex,
founders of the firm where she is now a
principal, and worked for them in the early
1990s, then returned to Boston. When she
received an achievement award from the
New England chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers this winter, she
thanked the renowned Boston designers
who were her mentors during this period.
“I was so fortunate to work for William
Hodgins, Judith Ross, and Eugene Lawrence,” she says. “I really got solid training in residential work versus the commercial and educational projects we did
at ARC. It really brought momentum to
when cliff, who now works for Peregrine
Design/Build in South Burlington, Vermont, landed job in the Green Mountain
State, the couple moved to the Burlington
area and Deetjen reconnected with TruexCullins. She soon established the firm’s
design studio, which works closely with
architects in and outside the company.
“Interior design and architecture must
be interwoven in a seamless relationship,” she says. “Interior designers need
to understand the architecture to enhance
and celebrate it. You need to understand
the design intent and the architectural
language. Then you know what is
possible — from the client, the location, and the character of the project.
Everything grows out of that and choices
become clear. There is no decoration for
kim deetjen, truexcullins, 209 battery street,
burlington, vt, 802-658-2775; truexcullins.com.
“I am passionate
design because we are
and real experiences