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Artist follows in sister's footsteps

Corrine Zwiselsberger is a local interior designer and an Allied Member of American Association of Interior Designers, the largest association of its kind in America. "I am also a member of the Board of Directors of the Carroll County Arts Council, a great asset to our community," she said.

Zwiselsberger liked the home interior design part of the curriculum of her home economics class in high school. She also learned sewing skills which later helped her in her design work.

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After high school Zwiselsberger became a dental assistant with a radiology license for many years. But she was always interested in design work. Since her sister Carol had gone to school for interior design, she was a big influence on Zwiselsberger's interest in the subject.

While she was raising her boys, she took a job at an 18th Century furniture store called Valley Furniture in Watchung, N.J. Zwiselsberger worked there part time and became interested in design even more.

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In 1991, Zwiselsberger's husband's company transferred him to Maryland. She wanted a change so she attended Catonsville Community College and studied interior design. While she was a student, she was invited to design a room for the Historic Ellicott City's King's Gift Decorator Show House, a fundraiser held every year. At that point, she decided to open up her own business, Creations by Corrine.

Next, Zwiselsberger was invited to design a guest bedroom for the "Isaac R. Atlee House" in New Windsor, a benefit for the Carroll County Historical Society. Her room theme was "An Old World Adventure."

In 2010, Zwiselsberger did another Historic Ellicott City Decorator Show House, "The Witching Hour" in Woodbine. She designed the dining room with the theme "Fall Harvest Family Gathering Around the Table."

Again in 2011, Zwiselsberger was invited to participate in the Historic Ellicott City, Inc., Decorator Show House called "Holly Manor." The house was an older 18th century style home. Its owners loved the 18th century and antiques from that period so she played off that theme for the room. Statton Furniture Company in Hagerstown, producers of fine reproduction furniture from the 1700s, loaned the furnishings for the room.

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The same year, Zwiselsberger was invited to participate in decorating the White House for Christmas by working in the floral department for a day on a project for the Green Room. "It was a great experience working at the White House and I feel very honored to be included," Zwiselsberger said.

For home decoration, Zwiselsberger does as much or as little as the customer wants. "I am very fortunate to have wonderful clients, many of whom have become friends," Zwiselsberger commented.

A big part of her job is to help people with a wide variety of decorating services. One service she offers is "staging." Staging is the process of taking the existing furniture and accessories that a client owns and adding additional items only where necessary. Zwiselsberger reorganizes the homeowner's furnishings and decorative accessories in their best possible light.

She also does basic design consultation for homeowners. She can help pick paint samples, carpets, lighting and furniture.

Zwiselsberger is certified window treatment consultant through the Window Covering Association of America. As such, she consults on valances, decorative panels, decorative rods, roman shades and blinds for the home. She also helps customers with custom bedding ideas for the bedroom.

"I help clients when they are doing kitchen and bathroom remodeling to pick finishes," she said.

According to Zwiselsberger, a minimalist style is the current fashion today. "People like green products and are more environmentally conscious today," she said. "They also like to shop locally to support the area merchants."

Grays, browns and earthy colors are popular colors. Although, Zwiselsberger warns that trendy anything goes out of fashion fast. "I design for longevity, not trendy. Items that are made well and properly should last for a long time," she said. Zwiselsberger likes to incorporate the old and the new.

"Home design is inspired by fashion design. Usually fashion design precedes home design in color. But home design is very personal to each client and their specific needs and desires. Each person has a different comfort level," Zwiselsberger said.

Another rewarding aspect of her business is to help retired customers downsize to retirement homes. It is often overwhelming for seniors to go through their possessions and decide what to keep and what to take to a smaller residence.

"Each project is different. I get satisfaction when a client says, 'I never would have thought of that.' I have made their home more enjoyable and comfortable and a house that they can be proud to show off," Zwiselsberger said.

Zwiselsberger can be contacted at 410-795-3506. For more information go to http://www.creationsbycorrine.com.

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