Designer Cara Masureik creates a big impression inside a small, student space.

Interior designer Cara Masureik began her career on the ground-floor at  a showroom selling furniture. Fifteen years on, her own company is responsible for the full interior architecture to décor service on blocks of fifty apartments or more.

We sit down with the creative to hear her story. 

“I grew up surrounded by creativity. All the women in my family are really amazing with their hands and making things. So my love of art and the performing arts really started at a young age, and when it came time to study after high school it was a natural inclination for me to want to do something creative,” shares Cara. 

Cara’s father encouraged her to start with a degree. Her business degree coupled with her interior design skills is what paved the way to Cara starting and running her own business.  

Dot Designs offers full interior design service from interior architecture to decor- including furniture design, procurement, styling and project management.

Her personal style leans towards a Scandinavian look of white walls, expansive lights, high volumes and lots of texture with clever accents of colour.

“I love colour but I prefer a neutral palette as the foundation and then I bring the colour in through the decor. Think wallpaper, scatter cushions, art – these items are interchangeable so if you want to follow the trends you can refresh your space by swapping things out and changing those,” explains Cara.   

Less obvious is how to achieve that sense of room to breathe. Which Cara does, sourcing the best local design to do it.

With the goal of creating high-end luxury apartments she incorporated “Clean lines, contemporary finishes, muted tones with every inch of the apartment being considered and only the finest quality materials being sourced.”

Cara highlights the importance of creating an illusion of space with smaller apartments and using height and mirrors to amplify what you have.

As for the choice in furniture and accessories, she opted for items with a variety of texture,  colour and wallpaper to add depth and interest. 

“I love product design so a lot of attention to detail has gone into every element of this space, for example I custom designed this wall paper graphic and all the rugs in the space to bring in the colour palette of the project and bring in pattern and energy,”says Cara.

Whether it’s a retreat, hide-out, space to think or what we all want – a place to be me – Cara seems to have the answer to the sanctuary for you.

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