Meet Carmen Boyer of White Oak Interiors
Where did you grow up? How long have you lived in the area?
I grew up in Sterling, Illinois, approximately 100 miles southwest. I’ve lived in Algonquin for almost 20 years with my husband Neil and our daughter Jordan. This is the longest time we have lived in one location in my married lifetime. During the first 20 years of our marriage we moved ten times! I can empathize with people who must decorate their homes quickly, resourcefully and beautifully.
Tell us about events that led up to where you are now.
My degree is in Pharmaceutical Science from University of Illinois, Chicago Medical Center. After practicing pharmacy for 15 years my family moved to Sydney, Australia for three years for my husband’s company. While living there I took the opportunity to follow my passion of interior design and decorating and was able to attend many decorative art classes ranging from antique silver to faux painting. I am also influenced by our many travels throughout the Pacific Asia Rim.
Once back in the U.S. we moved to Atlanta. There, I spent an entire year rehabbing a beautiful French Normandy home that had suffered years of neglect. After all of my hard work we moved within 2 months! However, this experience confirmed that I truly wanted to do interior design and decorating professionally. After moving to Algonquin I quickly seized the opportunity to open my own business.
What is unique about your business?
White Oak Interiors offers complete interior design and decorating services. Our service is personalized and comes right to your door. When you hire White Oak Interiors you obtain the benefit of an experienced professional who can solve problems, save you time, help you avoid costly mistakes and most importantly — create an attractive, affordable space designed specifically to meet your lifestyle needs.
In addition to in-depth knowledge of products, materials and finishes, White Oak Interiors has the training and expertise to plan, schedule, execute and manage projects from start to finish. We know and work closely with many vendors, contractors and other service providers, coordinating and orchestrating the entire design team. We also provide specification and purchasing services to procure materials, furniture, accessories and art — some of which you might not be able to find on your own.
What advice can you offer to our readers based on your expertise?
Remember, decorating your home or business is a continuous process. Your space should be uniquely suited to you. As your life changes your environment needs to grow and evolve with you. Your home and business should be a place you love to come to each and every day. Therefore, adjustments to your décor are always necessary for your well-being. The decorating and design process with White Oak Interiors is easy and enjoyable.
What else should we know about you, your family, or your business?
White Oak Interiors prides itself on being able to give back to the community by donating 10 % of its net earnings annually. I feel extremely blessed to have a career I love so much. I am happy to be able to share my blessing in my own small way.
With hundreds of successfully completed interior design projects and more than 16 years of experience designing in the Chicagoland area, White Oak Interiors is committed to excellence, innovation and building lifetime relationships. No matter the limit to your budget, there’s no limit to the talents of Carmen and her team. Learn more about White Oak Interiors at WhiteOakInteriors.com.