Q & A
What is your favorite room in your home and why?
“My living room, where I am surrounded by artwork I have collected for many years.” – Carola
“My open living room and kitchen, because I enjoy entertaining in this casual way.” – Sabrina
What first sparked your interest in interior design?
“Watching my mother redecorate our home and create beautiful flower arrangements from her garden opened my eyes to the power of design. ” – C
“From the time I was very young, I was interested in the arts and I loved going to my mother’s office or the furniture factory. I was fascinated by her work.” – S
What inspires you?
“Beauty. Every time I see something beautiful, I am inspired. A single object can inspire the design for a whole room.” – C
“Travel. I particularly enjoy looking at the interior architecture of hotels and restaurants. I’ll discover unique details that I can use for my clients.” – S
Carola, what is it like collaborating with your daughter?
“Sabrina has a great sensibility for design and a wonderful eye, so our collaborations have a very natural flow.”
Sabrina, how does your generation think differently about design?
“I see more desire for materials, furnishings, and living environments that are not only luxurious, but also “green”, non-toxic, sustainable.”
Carola, how do you go about getting to know the style of your clients?
“I listen carefully to what my clients say, but I also pick up on tiny clues between their words. I very quickly feel a strong instinct about the style that will suit them.”
What do you think each other’s special talents are?
“Sabrina is much more daring with color than I am … that is a major talent because it is something that is hard to do well.” – C
“My mother has an excellent eye for proportion and scale. She walks into a space and knows exactly how things should be arranged so everything flows beautifully.” – S
What is the Hinojosa Design Studio aesthetic in three words?
“Sophisticated, luxurious, timeless.” – C
“I would only add “serene” because there’s something about the understated quality of luxury we believe in that brings serenity into our designs.” – S
In addition to private residences, you also design hospitality properties and amenity spaces for luxury residential towers … how is your approach to these properties different?
“There’s more room for daring ideas in commercial properties; we pay a great deal of attention to interior architecture and how public spaces flow.” – C
Which historic periods, architects, or designers do you particularly admire?
“The French Art Deco period of Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann and Jean-Michel Frank – I consider them the most refined and talented designers of their time.” – C
“Mid-century modern. It is what first inspired me and the more I see it, the more I love it – the simple, beautiful designs combined with very rich materials.” – S
What is one of the most complex custom-designed pieces you have ever done?
“Millwork wall units for a home office in Mexico City. It was inspired by mid-century architecture and crafted with different materials, including bronze and leather.” – C
What is your favorite way to bring drama to a space?
“Art is the best way to set the ambience and feeling of a room. For example, we may put a sculpture in the entry vestibule to create a bit of drama.” – C
“We do drama, but subtle drama, understated drama. Like using a little color in a carpet or a piece of furniture, or fabric.” – S
What makes a home luxurious?
“Materials. Fabric gives luxury to furniture – a beautiful velvet or linen or leather makes such a difference. The treatment of walls can create deep, but very subtle luxury. I like to have them done in hand-finished plaster. There’s a texture that is understated, but rich.” – C