Andrea May Hunter/Gatherer

Services Provided
Full-Service Certified Interior Design
Certified Color Consultation
Outdoor Living Area Design, Decoration and Consultation
Custom Window Coverings
Custom Furniture Design
Custom Lighting Design
Space Planning
Kitchen and Bath Design and Remodeling
New Construction
Custom Upholstery and Reupholstery
Custom Cabinetry Design
Materials and Finishes Sourcing and Selection

Areas Served
La Jolla, San Diego Del Mar, Solana Beach, Carmel Valley, Mission Hills, Encinitas and other parts of San Diego and southern California, as well as out-of-state.

Typical Job Cost
$25,000 - $2,000,000

Business Description
Award winning La Jolla-based certified interior designer, decorator and certified color consultant since 2004, Fresh, stylish, timeless interiors with great attention to detail. Learn more about Slow Luxe Design--inheritable design--on Andrea's blog at http:/ Andrea is a certified interior designer, an ASID Associate member, NKBA member and a certified Maria Killam True Colour Expert.

Certification and Awards
Associate ASID, Best of Houzz for Design and Customer Satisfaction 2014 and 2013, Certified Maria Killam True Colour Consultant,
RoomReveal Best In Design 2013, My McGuire 2012
La Jolla, CA US 
Andrea May 
7660 fay avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037 
(858) 459-4144 
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CID #6863 
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Bathroom Ideas: Bring a Splash of Style to Your Floor

From tiles and stone to painted boards and multicoloured mosaics — treat your bathroom to a floor with more Full Story
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You can add a poem, this was done for a client in a historical building downtown Montreal.
July 12, 2014 at 5:12am     
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Key Measurements to Make the Most of Your Bathroom

Fit everything comfortably in a small or medium-size bath by knowing standard dimensions for fixtures and clearances Full Story
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great article! Since no one else has said anything, I feel a need to address the separate toilet idea. It may feel natural to those who are accustomed to it, but I don't think it's hygienic. I'm afraid too many people, especially kids, would establish the bad habit of not washing after using the toilet...especially if the sink room is occupied by another family member (the primary reasoning behind the configuration). I can understand the concept for families who only have one bath, but here in the U.S. it is highly unusual to not have at least 1 1/2 bathrooms, which, imo, is preferable to a separate toilet alone. With the 1/2 bath, you get your separate toilet with a sink for washing up (much more sanitary), and the person using the bathroom to bathe or shower or brush teeth, also has a toilet available. I rarely shower or bathe without also using the toilet. Running water induces a person to pee, so not having a toilet nearby would be extremely uncomfortable for me. IMO, the included toilet is an evolved design feature as our understanding of hygiene has improved. At the very least, if you are going to have the toilet separate, a sink should be included.
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Katherine Floritto
This is definitely the best piece I've read on understanding how a bathroom 'works' in relationship to the plumbing and measurements. Thanks for writing it! We have a very strange (to me) ensuite. Toilet and sink on one wall, shower far, so good. But..the Shower doesn't take up the whole wall, so there is a space, as deep as the shower and as tall as the room, about 12" across that does absolutely nothing. Would you recommend installing shelving in it or extending the shower? I think, if we extended the shower, we could put in a tub (I'd like that!). Door is a slider, so no opening/closure to add into the measurements and, on the wall outside the ensuite are 2 7'long closets on either side of the passageway to the I suppose the Bathroom could be extended, if called for... ?? Thanks again
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Key Measurements to Help You Design Your Dream Bedroom

Learn the dimensions that will help your bed and more fit neatly and comfortably, so you can get a good night’s sleep Full Story
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We live in an older home without A/C, so we leave our windows open at night to cool off. Since our bedroom has five! doors, furniture tends to be under the double hung windows, making them difficult to access to open and close. The room with the bed in the middle of the windows made me think of that.
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I solved the small-bedroom problem in my 100-year-plus central-stair colonial by hunting down an antique 3/4 spool bed. Love it!
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California Law: License to Practice Interior Design?

A proposed bill that would require a license to practice interior design in California has Houzzers talking. Where do you stand? Full Story
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Becky Harris
I think someone should have an education and license to call themselves the title of interior designer, though I don't understand that requirement about "Registered interior designers would be limited to working on small single-family and four-unit multifamily residential dwellings with wood frame construction no more than two stories high." I'm confused by that - then who gets to decorate hotels, restaurants, etc.? Am I reading it wrong?

I certainly think self-taught designers should be able to practice, but they should be called decorators. When I was in school for landscape architecture ten years ago, we were having the same issue, where unlicensed people who had no knowledge of issues like grading and drainage, for example, could give themselves the "landscape architect" title in some states (you must have a license in order to sign off on construction drawings; it's a bit liability issue). They should have been calling themselves "landscape designers" or "garden designers." I recall while architecture had licensing requirements fully in place in every state, the same struggle with title that landscape architects had was shared by interior designers.
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Mortise & Tenon Custom Furniture Store
There is a difference between Interior Decorator & Interior Designer. Decorators purchase furniture, and accessories. Let anyone call themselves a Decorator, it's a form of art, and to require a license is unnecessary.

An Interior Designer is responsible for hiring General Contractors, pulling building permits, drawing up blue prints and making sure that everything is up to code. I think a license is completely necessary. You would want the same from your contractor, electrician, etc.
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Cathy: If AB2482 passes the only designers who would be allowed to decorate or design commercial spaces would be a Registered Interior Designer. This is because the bill stipulates that anything regulated by code falls under RID purview. Any material that is specified for these spaces such as restaurants, hotels, offices etc... are regulated by code. These materials are tested and rated for fire resistance and other requirements and the code defines Occupancy Classes and stipulate what types of materials are allowed in these environments. There are Means of egress codes and traffic flow requirements to be considers for safety and much more. If you are not educated and or have experience with these types of spaces you should not attempt to design them. Education, Experience and Certification (Examination) are important when developing the knowledge to work on these projects. But to allow one exclusive group to decide who can work on them is not right. As your article states, There is current path for Certification in California
"In California, anyone can call himself or herself an interior designer. However, to use the title "Certified Interior Designer," an individual must demonstrate experience and education, and must pass an exam (IDEX) that deals with California-specific building codes and systems."
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