C l i c k h e r e t o v i s i t m y n e w s i t e www.trisa.co
2013 Northwest Design Awards WINNER 1st PLACE Modest Budget Big Impact
Trisa & Co. Interior Designs recent kitchen remodel was featured in the latest issue of Home & Design Trends. A guide to home improvement and decorating on the North Olympic Peninsula. A special section produced by the Peninsula Daily News/Sequim Gazette Advertising Department.
photo credit: Pam Schoonover-Russell, Russellworks
Specialty wine niche with refelctive metal round tiles bordering
a decorative pewter urn spilling over with grapes.
The client, who is a handy man, actually built his own library ladder. It is a stylish way to reach the top cabinets.
And of course the before and after picture!
14th Annual NW Design Awards
The Gala, held on March 7th, 2013 at the Seattle Design Center was full of excitement as designers across the NW and into Canada were chosen for their top designs.
Trisa & Co. took 1st Place for the category Modest Budget Big Impact!
View the winning designs at the link below:
Visit Trisa & Co. at the KONP Home Show
Sat Feb. 23rd, 9-5
Sun Feb. 24th 10-4
located at the Port Angeles High School Gym
Design contest- do you or someone you know have a room with a design dilema?...Bring a photo of that room (include contact info on back) and enter to win 4 hours of professional design time. We'll narrow it down to the top 2 design dilemas and you can vote on Trisa & Co. Interior Design facebook page. Someone is going to WiN!
Local Designer published in National Magazine
Local Designer, Trisa Chomica is featured in the Spring 2013 issue of the national magazine Altered Couture. The 4-page spread chronicles the transformation of an old pair of pants, a sweater and her Re-Magine Fabric Swatches into an entirely new fashion friendly skirt. Copies are available locally.
photo credit: ©Pam Schoonover-Russell, Russell-Works, LLC
Teddy Bear Suit at Park View Villas
Trisa & Co. Is donating time & expertise to Park View Villas 2nd Annual
Teddy Bear Suite.Teddy Bear Suites are a popular holiday attraction in large
hotels in cities. Pocedes from these typically go to a Non-profit organization.
The Park View Villa Teddy Bear Suite will help a local charity. Bring a food
bank item, have your picture taken with Santa & celebrate the Holidays with
Trisa & Co. at Park View Villas.
Follow us on Facebook for the latest!
KONP Home Show
Saturday February 25th and 26th at the Port Angeles High School gym visit
our booth and enter to win a complimentary 2 hour design. Check out the
videos from last year's Home show and the previous years Home show.
Festival of Trees Nov. 25th-27th Gala & Auction
Nov. 26th & 27th Family DaysThis year at Festival of Trees, Trisa & Co. Interior
Design is decorating a tree called “The Art of Gifting”. The tree will be filled
with hand made ART invarious media. From locally made wine and beer to
scarves, paintings, carvings, blown glass, photography, sculptures, to metal
art…the list goes on. Each item will be beautifully gift wrapped in clear
wrapping and attached to the tree or placed on a pedestal or on an easel or
sitting next to the tree. Each artist will be acknowledged for their contribution
in a visible way.
The Festival of Trees is an Olympic Medical Center Foundation yearly fundraising
event. The proceeds from this Gala event support the purchase of much needed
equipment for our local hospital. Each tree is auctioned to the highest bidder the
night of the Gala. The trees will be on display Nov. 26th and 27th at the Vern Burton
for “Family Days”. This is open to the public.
If you’re able to participate, please deliver your donation to:
- The Landing Art Gallery
- Between 11-3,
- Mon. - Sat.
- Anytime through Nov.15th
For more information about the Olympic Medical Center Foundation and Festival of Trees, www.omhf.org
Sassy Kat Open house 4-7 PM
Saturday November 12th
Come join Re-Magine: A division of Trisa & Co. at Sassy Kat's open house tomorrow evening!
Re-magine will show case Chistmas items for purchase such as:
wine bags, wrist-lets, bedding, & childrens clothing, and more!
All Sassy Kat items will be on sale, give aways with every
purchase, and wine and chocolate to accompany the fashion
show which kicks off the evening at 4:30!
Re-Magine: a division of Trisa & Co. Interior Design
July 27th 2011 Workshop & Fashion Show
Hosted by Center for Community Design (C4CD)
PORT ANGELES — Faced with hundreds of fabric swatches, Trisa Chomica got busy — and this Wednesday at lunch time, she’ll show others how to do the same.
Chomica, owner of the interior design firm Trisa & Co., hates to throw anything pretty away.
So when McCrorie Home Furnishings gave her a small sea of discontinued decorative fabric swatches, she started making tote bags. She gave them as Christmas gifts, and then switched to making wine bags and water-bottle bags. Those have just one seam to sew, so they’re quicker.
Next came a drapery — a display backdrop or a window treatment, depending on the day — made from some 200 fabric swatches. After Chomica finished that, she used more swatches to make a vest from a McCall’s pattern; she wrote an article on it and sent it in to Belle Armoire, a magazine devoted to “artistic clothing and accessories.”
Much to Chomica’s delight, the article came out in the summer issue.
Galvanized to share her “repurposing” ideas, she got in touch with the Center for Community Design at The Landing mall at 115 E. Railroad Ave., and scheduled a sewing workshop and brief fashion show for Wednesday. Admission is free, and Chomica encourages brown-bag lunches for the program from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the mall’s upstairs banquet room.
Participants will be given a choice of fabric pieces, she added, to make a water-bottle bag or purse to take home.
Bring friend to the fun
“We know this is going to be an especially fun workshop, so come over and bring a friend,” said the Center for Community Design’s Carol Gentry. Children and teens are welcome, she added.
The fashion show will feature repurposed materials, and then Chomica will hand out the supplies for making “wearable art,” Gentry noted.
“I saw these fabrics and thought of things to make with them,” Chomica said, adding that she’s just doing what people have always done to conserve resources.
Recycling fabric is a tradition, of course, among quilters. Now, Chomica quipped, people are using castoff swatches to dress as “eco-minded fashionistas.”
She’s owned Trisa & Co. for seven years and has recently added a division called Remagine (www.re-magine.com). It grew out of her penchant for using leftover fabric — from furniture upholstery, say — to make stylish accessories.
“I have an overactive designing mind,” said Chomica. The only new thing you need to make old stuff fresh again, she believes, is a swatch of imagination
Re-Magine: a division of Trisa & Co.
Has been Published in Belle Armoire! July Issue
Re-Magine is published in the July issue of the magazine Belle Armoire. I submitted an article and the "PAMA Vest" from my Re-Magine line of products. Re-Magine is a division of Trisa & Co. Interior Design, where we repurpose discontinued fabric swatches and make "Wearable Art". Visit our website www.re-magine.com and our facebook page.
July 23rd, 2011
Trisa & Co.'s Latest Design & Remodel Project
Grand Opening of Sassy Kat Salon & Boutique!
Check out Sassy Kat Salon's
new location at 105 East 1st Street.
See the transformation on our facebook ablum!
Grand Opening was July 23rd at 4PM. The ribbon cutting at 105 East 1st Steet was a spectacular celebration! With champange, Harbinger's Raspberry Bliss & 300 cupcakes it was an unforgetable evening! Missed it??? Check out our You Tube video documenting the night!
See what Interior Re-Design can do for you!
As Featured in Peninsula Daily News
Arizona Client Featured in
Seattle Photographer's Blog
Recently, one of my Arizona client's home was featured in a Seattle photographers blog. Last December I flew to Phoenix for a fast and furious week of shopping and decorating. The client purchased a new home and had a short time to move in and decorate. Check out the completed project of their newly decorated home at Jerometsophotography
Design Trade "Give us Your Best Shot" Contest!
Click "Like" beneath Trisa & Co.'s entry photo in Design Trade's Give us Your Best Shot Contest to vote for us!
The winning shot will be published in an upcoming issue of Design Trade Magazine!
Voting ends Friday, March 25th at noon EST!
High School Career Day 2011
This past week Trisa & Co. Interior Design participated as a presenter for the Sequim Rotary High School Career Day.
The students were full of creativity and inspiration. Posted are photos of the students participating in creating their own color boards.
I'm not sure who was more inspired... me or them?!?!?
Students hard at work...
Two of the fabulous student color boards
Students displaying their creations!
KONP Home Show - Feb. 26th & 27th 2011
And here is the winner of our Challenging Room Contest!
Congratulations to the couple!
Keep watching for the updated re-design of this room in April!
A local paper Spotlighting Women On the Olympic Peninsula
By Diane Urbani de la Paz
For Peninsula Woman
PORT ANGELES -- "What you have," Kevin Tracy said one day to Trisa Chomica, "is a gift."
Tracy, Chomica's husband, was marveling at her ability to see rooms, offices and whole homes in a new, more beautiful light.
"This is what I was born to do," Chomica said of her work as a designer -- and redesigner -- of living spaces. "I can walk into a space, and see it, complete."
Born in Port Townsend, she grew up helping to decorate the homes her father, the late Demetrius Katsikapes, built across Jefferson County. Chomica credits him, and his love for people and community, as both inspiration and education for the work she does now.
During the 1980s, Chomica fashioned a glamorous career working for others, first in downtown Seattle at an advertising agency, then for Nordstrom, Eddie Bauer and others on spreads in magazines such as Vogue and GQ.
Then she married a Canadian, and moved to Banff, Alberta, where she decorated condominiums and houses for affluent vacationers.
After 10 years, her marriage ended in divorce, and Chomica decided to come back to the North Olympic Peninsula. It was Sept. 14, 2001, three days after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, when she and her young son, Dmitri, flew away from their old life to start anew here.
Chomica went to work at McCrorie Home Furnishings in Port Angeles, where customers, learning of her design background, soon began seeking her advice. Among them was Coldwell Banker Uptown Realty, which hired her to create the interior of its Front Street building, from the flooring to the front desk to the colors on every wall.
That job "kick-started my career," Chomica said.
You might think she would find Port Angeles a little provincial after working where she has.
Instead, Chomica calls this a "tremendously supportive" community, where not only her family and friends welcomed her back, but the business community also encouraged her to open her own firm.
Chomica, 45, founded Trisa & Co. Interior Design in 2004, and now shares office space with her husband, who owns Tracy Wealth Management, in the Aldwell Building above The Toggery.
She's got her desk positioned just right: beside a wide window overlooking downtown Port Angeles.
And today, Chomica's client base stretches from here across the Peninsula and beyond, from Olympic Medical Center, Peninsula College, Fiesta Jalisco and Camaraderie Cellars to homeowners all over the West.
Laura O'Neal of Port Angeles has hired Chomica a couple of times to revamp parts of her house. Most recently, Chomica used her active imagination to transform O'Neal's hall-like living room.
"We couldn't figure out what to do with it," O'Neal said, but Chomica came in and quickly saw a new look.
She created two seating areas, so O'Neal and her family have two to choose from, with two focal points, the television and the fireplace.
She did this not with a lot of fancy, expensive stuff, but with rearranged furniture and rugs, including one she "stole" from another room.
"She can take what you have and make it look completely different," O'Neal said. "She reminds me of the people on TV who add a belt to a scuba suit and make it look like a prom dress."
Chomica starts by asking her clients how they want people to feel when they walk into their place. The most common responses, she says, are "comfortable" and "cozy."
Then she listens, and listens some more, and does something called "shopping the house." That's looking around for other furnishings -- a lamp, some linens, art work that's been put away -- and arranging them in a new way.
Mary Hunchberger hired Chomica to redesign her Lake Sutherland house after a flood ruined much of the interior.
"She listened to me, and we went from there," Hunchberger said, adding that Chomica, with her enthusiasm, has a way of nudging her clients to try on new colors.
Hunchberger, Peninsula College's executive director of college advancement, also chose Chomica to decorate the Pirate Union Building for the 2009 American Conversations evening with Jeremy Rifkin, whose talk explored environmental sustainability. Using recycled wood, "she created a sustainability wonderland," Hunchberger said.
For this year's American Conversations with New Orleans jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis, Chomica did something entirely different and appropriate: She turned the PUB into a Big Easy-style bistro.
Last week, Chomica and Hunchberger did some shopping for Chomica's contribution to the Festival of Trees, this weekend's lavish auction fundraiser for the Olympic Medical Center Foundation.
Her "House Beautiful" theme tree is actually a whole living room, with an area rug, sofa, coffee table and end table -- and two hours of design consultation by Chomica for the winning bidder.
The Festival of Trees is open to the public and finishes up today, with some 50 trees and 80 wreaths on display from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St.
To Chomica, holiday decorating -- and any other decorating to warm a space -- starts with simple touches, and with the colors and furnishings that make you feel good.
For a festive wreath, for example, Chomica goes out to her backyard, finds some evergreen boughs and maybe some berry sprigs and ties them all together with a big bow. This decoration can go on a table or mantel, perhaps with a mirror and some lights or those electric candles you don't have to worry about blowing out.
Turning clutter into neatness is fairly simple, Chomica adds. Use a tray or a basket to collect odds and ends; suddenly your counter looks tidy. And to freshen a room fast, pick a rich color and paint an accent wall. You can always paint it something else again.
Chomica is now working on a redesign of Michael's Seafood & Steakhouse in downtown Port Angeles. As with other clients, owner Michael Lynch already had the furnishings and pictures she's using to turn the back room into a European bistro-style hideaway.
Chomica also works with couples -- who, naturally, tend to have differing tastes. The key to productive design discussions, she says, is the same as for any exchange. Make sure both people are heard, and that neither speaks over, or for, the other.
Chomica sees it time and again: When a couple listens to each other, they find common ground.
"By the end [of the discussion], they are so excited to move forward," she says.
In a workplace, Chomica adds, merely rearranging furniture and adding a little something new does a lot to boost morale.
As for Port Angeles, Chomica says she is "thrilled" by the city's Waterfront and Transportation Improvement Plan, which proposes expansion of Hollywood Beach, a pedestrian plaza on Railroad Avenue and an esplanade along the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Chomica shares the view of many of her clients, who like her have lived in other parts of the continent: There is surpassing beauty in Port Angeles' natural surroundings.
The future is bright, Chomica believes, for the built environment.
"There is a lot of potential," for innovative design and decor. "I love that change is coming," she says.
Chomica's vision: "to beautify Port Angeles, one building at a time."
Just launched Re-Magine
A new division of Trisa & Co. Interior Design
"One persons junk is another man's treasure"...that's how it all started. When upholstery fabric swatches from furniture stores get "dropped" they go into the garbage. I couldn't stand it, so about 15 years ago I started collecting the discontinued fabrics and making whatever I could think of: tote bags, wine bags, toss cushions, bedding, drapery, and now clothing. Each item is so unique because no two items are ever the same! It truly is a "one-of-a-kind" re-magined experience!
"The possibilites for Re-Magine are endless"
Be sure to check out our Re-Magine video on You Tube!
Re-Magine owner and creative director
Festival of Trees
An Olympic Medical Center Foundation fundraiser - Nov. 26th, 27th, 28th 2010
Trisa & Co. Interior Design is the Tree Designer for the 2010 "House Beautiful" Tree
Tree Description: Add Glitz to your home or office with style and comfort. This tree brightens your space with hidden treasures of toss cushions, mirrors, stylish artwork and traditional ornaments. This tree is dressed to-the-nines with glistening gold and ruby accents. Its entourage includes a
plush pillow backed sofa, coffee table, 2 end tables, matching lamps, and an urban area rug. With a personal designer and fresh paint, this package fits flawlessly into any décor!
Thank you: Irwin Dental Center, McCrorie Home Furnishings, and a 2 hour design consultation by Trisa & Co. Interior Design, Hartnagels Building Supply/Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co.
View the trees at the Vern Burton November 27th and 28th.
For more information about the Olympic Medical Center Foundation and Festival of Trees, www.omhf.org