CFD Happenings! Best of 2020, Houzz, and More!

As it has for all of us, this year has seen a lot of changes for us here at the studio (that 2020 knew how to make an entrance, y’all!). But fortunately, as we have continued to focus on serving our clients and giving them the best full-service design experience that we can, we have seen a lot of positive things happen as well. We are incredibly grateful for an amazing team and community that has kept us going through the many unexpected events of the last few months. We wanted to take a moment on the blog here to give some much-deserved shout-outs and share some EXCITING news about where you can find us right now in print (and on video!).

CFD Best of Chapel Hill 2020!

The votes are in, and we were THRILLED to be chosen as Chapel Hill’s Best Interior Designer for 2020! This our 2nd(!) straight year receiving this award, and it is such an honor to be recognized. To say that we love being part of the Chapel Hill community is a true understatement, and we have been hugely inspired and so grateful for each client, reader, follower, and fellow Chapel Hill business who took the time to weigh in and vote. Supporting small businesses is more important than ever, and we appreciate this recognition from Chapel Hill Magazine and each of you more than we can say.

Chapel Hill Magazine best of 2020 - Cat French Design

When we received the print copy in our mailbox at the studio, it was a celebration all around. Right now, you can also access the full edition online (click here!). There’s an added bonus in this feature as well- Chapel Hill Magazine reached out to us and asked us to share some of Cat’s Pro Tips on how to change up your space, including some quarantine-friendly ways to quickly bring in some variety and fresh inspiration to any room. A huge thank-you to Chapel Hill Magazine for recognizing us in their Best-Of Edition this year, and giving us the opportunity to share some extra design-love with readers in this issue.

Cat French Posing with Chapel Hill Magazine - Catherine French Design

Cat Featured on the Chapel Hill Chamber of Commerce

CFD is a long-standing and active member of The Chamber of Commerce here in Chapel Hill. June 2020, the Chamber reached out to Cat directly and asked her to be featured on a recorded interview, with a Q&A including Cat’s professional space planning tips on how to make workplaces safer for employees and consumers in the current time. Navigating social distance, precautions, and safety measures at work is a challenge for businesses and employees alike, and we were grateful for an opportunity to give back and connect with other businesses in this way. You can view the full video here!

Cat French with Chamber of Commerce Discussing New office Space Plans

We’re Growing!

As we continue to serve more clients, our business is expanding, and our team right along with it! Team CFD is as strong as ever, and we’ve actually grown by 3 staff members in the last 6 months. Most recently, we’ve been incredibly excited to add a brand new Junior Designer, Alina Kosmala. Alina graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture and shares our passion and energy for great design. She’s quickly become part of the CFD family and a valuable addition to our studio. You can read more about her on our “Meet the Team” Page here!

Alina Kosmala - Our new Designer for 2020 - Cat French Design

CFD Featured on Houzz!

You may remember our blog post series on a past project, a full-scale screened-in porch and deck design which we nicknamed “The Tree House” (read more about it here!). Sharing it with you here on the blog was so much fun, and we were so happy to find that readers loved it as much as we do. In fact, we were recently approached by the editorial staff at Houzz, who had caught wind of this space and wanted to showcase it on their site. After an in-depth interview with Cat and some sharing of our images from the project, they put together a gorgeous feature article that is LIVE now on their site- check it out here!

Houzz Magazine Porch of the Week - Cat French Design
Another BIG thank you to Cat Wilborne for these beautiful images!
Wonderful Article from Houzz Magazine July 2020 - Cat French Design

Keep following for more updates! There are a lot of big projects in the works, and more coming down the pipeline. We’re beyond grateful to be able to keep doing what we love to do, and making beautiful spaces for our incredible clients.
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