Meet Fatima De La Torre
When did you know that you wanted to be an interior designer?
I was always drawn to art and fashion growing up. In high school, I took a few art and design classes. It was when I was in my painting class and my interior design/fashion class where I found the connection between painting a portrait and designing a space. It was a great combination of different artistic abilities that drove me into pursuing a career in interior design.
Favorite part of the design process?
I love the programming phase. In this phase, you take measurements of the existing space and find out what the clients want. You get to know the client and tailor a design that will best represent them. I also like concept development, which is when you do the research to put ideas together to drive the design. And then the completion... of course! After all the hard work, you can see the final product.
How would you describe your style?
I like a lot of patterns, geometrics, textures, contrasting colors. My favorite part is being able to make them all cohesive in one great space. I am drawn to elegant and eye-catching focal points that make a space more grand and expressive. I also love incorporating traditional features into modern designs. I think it is fun using classic features in a clean and timeless design.
What are your favorite commercial design spaces in Chicago?
My favorite place is FMK restaurant. It’s so fun and artistic. It’s the place that best suits my aesthetics. It’s unexpected and colorful. As soon as you walk into the restaurant, there’s an abstract mural. There’s a powerful, fun energy in the space. It also combines my two favorite things art + design.
What are meaningful objects for you?
Art pieces. I have an art piece of girl riding a bright red classic truck in the desert. It’s very hip and cool. I love how eclectic it looks and how unexpected it is.
Do you enjoy contrast in design?
I do! For example, I grew up with a lot of men in my household. I had moments of being both a tomboy and girly-girl. I love masculine features paired with feminine features. It makes design elements more cohesive.
What is your favorite type of art?
I love large art pieces of women in a space. I aspire to be a powerful woman, who isn’t afraid to stay true to herself. I want to allow myself to be that focal point.
Favorite travel destinations:
Puerto Vallarta and San Francisco!
Minimalist or maximalist:
Maximalist. I like to group things and keep grouping more.
Modern, traditional, transitional?
Favorite item in your closet?
Mustard yellow, high-waisted pants―so fun and fresh!
Emerald green, charcoal grays, teal, burnt orange, slate, periwinkle, blush pink, and mustard yellow.
Favorite rooms to design:
I love to design living rooms, bathrooms, bedrooms, and lobby spaces. In the future, I’d love to design a restaurant!