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Forbes + Masters
TAVIA FORBES, PRINCIPAL INTERIOR DESIGNER
With an artist’s instinct for composition and color, interior designer Tavia Forbes seamlessly references historical periods and forward-looking design trends to create polished spaces with modern, clean lines and natural elements woven throughout. Her pedigree predestined her career in design, with Tavia spending her childhood tagging along with her father, a craftsman specializing in custom cabinetry. These early lessons in principles of construction and design in some of the most exquisite homes on Manhattan’s Upper East Side gave Tavia contracting know-how as well as an eye for refinement. With her family’s encouragement, Tavia was granted creative freedom to constantly transform her childhood home and room. Her passion for beautiful things merged with a businesswoman’s acumen during her studies in Marketing and Studio Art at Stony Brook University in New York. Exploring a career in event and floral design in Atlanta led to making the leap into full time interior design with client referrals and buzz lauding Tavia as the freshest face in the Atlanta design scene. Her portfolio of projects include commercial and residential designs for clients in Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas and Rahleigh. Tavia’s unique ability to connect deeply with her clients on a personal level before each project distinguishes her from other designers and contributes to clients clamoring for Tavia’s eclectic, modern, organic approach and artistic sensibility. When she’s not happily ruining her manicure on a DIY project, you can find Tavia planning elaborate themed parties and museum hopping in far flung locales with friends.
MONET MASTERS, PRINCIPAL INTERIOR DESIGNER
Finding inspiration in the fluidity of nature and the sleekness of modernity, interior designer Monet Masters believes in creating spaces that harness positive energy for her clients to help them live a balanced, relaxed life. As a child Monet had an obsession for organizing and staging her teddy bears and books. As she matured relatives began requesting for her to decorate their homes and her passion continued to blossom. Monet knew during this time that design was her destiny. Pursuing the passion for DIY projects sparked in her high school home economics class, Monet applied and was accepted to the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta, where she earned her BFA in Interior Design and was recognized as one of the top students in her class. With experience spanning commercial and residential projects and furniture design, her talent extends beyond the art of aesthetics and into the science of project management. Monet has a knack for innovating creative and unique solutions for design problems that inevitably arise on projects while maintaining her passionate drive and enthusiasm throughout the design process. Another of Monet’s distinguishing traits is her drive to continually seek creative and personal growth. She’s been name checked by notable national and Atlanta publications such as Ebony, Jezebel and Atlanta Homes Magazine for her trend forecasting and design insights. Monet’s collaborative approach with her clients is informed by her bold, modern and eclectic design philosophy that infuses every project with character. To balance her driven professional personality, you can find Monet enjoying relaxing mani/pedis or curling up on the couch with Indian takeout while watching documentaries or movies based on true stories to recharge!
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