The newest addition to the Square Feet Studio family is Betsy Distler, an interior designer who joins us with 20 years of experience designing and managing projects for hospitality, corporate and retail clients. We’re excited to have her working with us so we recently sat down for a chat to get to know her a little bit better.
Where were you born & raised?
I spent most of my childhood growing up in Western New York, just south of Rochester. I lived in very small town that still only has one red light and my parents still live in the same house I grew up in. I think that is strange for most people – since people seem to be very used to moving around.
Favorite thing about being a designer?
I have been focused on the technical and organizational aspects of projects for a while, so my answer may be a little boring. I really like having to coordinate different disciplines into one cohesive vision. It’s like working out a complicated puzzle. For me restaurant design is the quintessential puzzle because there are so many behind the scenes requirements that need to fit and work together all at the same looking beautiful and functioning. I think that is why I like figuring out details.
Favorite thing about Atlanta?
Because I live OTP, my liking of Atlanta is really broad and applies more to North Georgia than just Atlanta. Fall is my favorite time of the year and I love how long it lasts here. I grew up in an area that was likely to get snow on Halloween, so being able to have cool and sunny weather well into November and December is a huge bonus. I also really like how close we are to different types of places like the beach or the mountains or the lakes (even though they are kinda small) or small towns.
Dogs or cats?
Dogs – definitely dogs. I have two sweet cocker spaniels that I adore. They are spoiled and completely have me wrapped around their paws.
What is your dream vacation?
Italy – I love just about everything there is about Italy. I’ve been 3 times including two recent trips in which I took my mother. That in itself was an experience but turned out to be much better than I anticipated. I would be happy spending every vacation I take in Italy (if it was feasible).
Hobbies & hidden talents?
I love to cook for people. This started in earnest when the recession first hit. Everyone ‘s morale was really low because we didn’t have a lot of work to focus on so I started bringing lunch into work for people. It turned out to be something people looked forward to and gave us a reason to get together and socialize. Monday lunches lasted for about a year, I got to try out a lot of recipes, people got to have a cheap hot lunch and we all had a good time. From this I started a very small catering company and have been able to cater several parties and event for friends. It’s all word of mouth. And I’ve really enjoyed helping people create something special for their guests.