Emerging Leader Questionnaire 2022


Name: Chloe Housenger
Company: Office Environments, Inc.
College/University: Marymount University
Year(s) of Graduation: 2011

What is your strongest personal quality?: Being able to go with the flow and maintain the mindset that “it is what it is!” I try not to stress about things that are out of my control and I think that helps me stay calm in stressful situations.

Strongest professional skillset: The ability to pivot when I’m working with a client and definitely  my organization skills. Sometimes I feel a bit insane with how organized I am!

Why did you choose to become an Interior Designer: I think I always knew I wanted to be an interior designer. I had HUNDREDS of colored pencils/markers, etc when I was little and I would lay them out on the floor of our living room and create 2D floor plans for my barbies to play in!

Personal design style: I can’t fit my style into one category! I love comfort and some traditional pieces like my mother-in-law’s antiques, but I also love bright/electric spaces with a flare for the dramatic. Repurposed pieces and vintage and modern can all mix together if done well! 

3 things I geek out on: 1.Craft beer! My husband is a professional brewer and we met working at a brewery 10 years ago. 2. Our animals – we have 2 cats and 2 dogs. 3. True crime!

Looking forward to as IIDA Emerging Leader: Having more confidence in my design abilities and opening myself up to networking within the New England design community.

Go-to for de-stressing this year: Walks with my dogs or visiting breweries with my husband and our friends.

Advice for designer students graduating: Know your worth (both monetary AND personal!)

Favorite annual IIDA event: I haven’t been to any!

Difference between Interior Designer vs Interior Decorator: Interior Designers have received degrees and learned the art AND science to create functional spaces, whereas decorators aren’t required to have formal training.