Best of the Boat interior designer: Michele McCarthy, Vertical Arts Architecture |

Best of the Boat interior designer: Michele McCarthy, Vertical Arts Architecture

Best Interior Designer Michele McCarthy.

Building relationships with her clients is what led Michele McCarthy to be voted this year’s Best Interior Designer — a category she’s either won or placed in every year since moving here in 2013.

“Everybody that I work with, in the end, we become friends,” said McCarthy, who ran her own design business in Florida for 15 years. “You become a team.”

McCarthy’s design portfolio goes well beyond pillows and curtains, as she helps homeowners and new businesses select cabinets, interior trim and “all the fixed finishes.”

Case in point: taking the interior design lead for the Deer Park Road Corp. office building in Wildhorse Meadows.

McCarthy knows that every design decision along the way helps lead to a finished space that clients love.

“There’s a lot of work that goes in to how things complement each other,” she said. “Working with great clients definitely helps.”

Best Interior Designer

• Winner: Michele McCarthy of Vertical Arts Architecture

• Runners-up: Valerie Stafford of Rumor Design + reDesign and Michael Buccino of Steamboat Interiors

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