Christina Roughan is a highly accomplished interior designer and the founder of Roughan Interior Design. Her projects can be seen from Manhattan to Fairfield County, CT and she is highly sought after for projects large and small.
Roughan began her design career with iconic brands Polo Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, designing and overseeing the implementation of retail stores and showrooms worldwide.
In 1996, she started Sullivan Design, an interior design firm based in NYC. Her talent for combining modern and traditional interiors in unexpected ways garnered the attention of prominent clients such as Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan and Takashimaya.
In 1998 Sullivan Design decided to expand and take on a business partner to co-found Tocar, Inc, an interior design firm focusing on residential and commercial interiors.
In 2009, Roughan was founded and became a global international design firm with offices in Weston, CT and NYC.
With a reputation for listening carefully to the needs of clients, attention to detail, and discretion, Roughan has become a favorite of international celebrities as well as design editors at Interior Design magazine, House Beautiful, Elle Décor, CT Cottages & Gardens and AtHome Magazine to name a few.
Christina lives with her husband and two daughters in a 200-year-old house in Weston, CT, which is, no surprise, in a constant state of renovation.
Below we spend some time getting in her head: her design philosophy, aesthetic and more.
What was your first design project?
Launching RRL Stores for Ralph Lauren when I was 23.
How do you describe your style?
What field of design gets you most excited, inspired?
Interiors and Fashion both are completed by hand and requires creativity and thought.
What is the first thing you look at when walking into a room?
I look around and acknowledge the way I feel in a space that dictates everything
How can Interior Design services help a luxury property to sell more quickly and for more?
I have worked with clients and designed their homes purposely for resale. The client's job moved him around quite a bit so this was very important. I must say the houses sold immediately which I am very proud of.
If the client is thinking of selling their home, which room is the most important room to focus on?
Kitchen and living room/Family room, but the kitchen is number 1.
How does the client lifestyle influence your designs?
I design exclusively for my clients. Their function influences my design. A home in not well designed unless it functions; nothing should be too precious. Get out your wedding china and use it!
What is your favorite book/magazine on design? How about your favorite site?
British Home & Garden, Veranda and Interior Design are my top three right now.
When designing a room what is the most important factor or you?
The way a room functions.
Where do you find your design inspiration?
Life - being family, art, music, nature and other designers.
How do you stay up to date with current trends, technology, and codes?
By always being present in the field.
What are some questions you’d ask to discover your client’s requirements?
I have my Clients fill out a questionnaire and participate in a Roughan Design exercise that is tailored to them.
What sets you apart?
I have experience of 20 plus years and am both organized and reliable. I give my clients what they ask for and what they need.
What is the most frustrating aspect of your job as a designer? And the most rewarding one?
The most frustrating part of any business is when events do not go as planned and you have limited control. But the most rewarding part is when I see my clients' faces when they see the design for the first time. It make me so happy to see them smile.
Where are some of your current projects?
Residences in Palm Beach, Fl; New Canaan, CT; and Greenwich, CT
What rooms or projects excite you the most?
More important than the room is the architecture. When great architecture is in place and I can bring in great design, then you have a great marriage.
What are your favorite places/shops locally and globally?
I love shopping in London as it has such curious, witty home stores and of course NYC.