Andrea Larson Kout
Andrea Kout loves the challenge of finding the right mix of patterns that make a room feel cohesive without being too over-thought or matched. Her unique style of blending pattern on pattern is not without a favorite touch of animal print. “No matter if you are traditional or contemporary, animal print works,” is Andrea’s mantra. She advises to think outside the box by injecting a bit of the exotic in a way that is completely unexpected – it could be a zing of color or an inspired piece of furniture.
“You can design a room for comfort and function, but never compromise style,” recommends Andrea. “All it takes is finding that one perfect piece you love to work the room around.” Her strength in mixing styles that complement each other prevents a room from becoming too much like a set. Her clients appreciate her abilities to take their initial vision and create a room that sings. Just don’t forget the leopard!
Rhonda Staley, IIDA
Statements of style, warmth, quality, and a strong sense of color and proportion, are strengths that describe the design projects Rhonda has completed for her clients. She also brings to clients a strong background in custom window treatments and area rugs. She has had career moves in Las Vegas and Minneapolis-St. Paul before returning to Eastern Iowa. This exposure to clients’ homes and markets in other areas of the country has given Rhonda a diverse perspective for her interior design work.
Whether her clients’ projects are homes at the blueprint stage, under construction, or ready for a fresh décor, her philosophy of working with clients for a master plan of their project, her perspective drawing skills, and attention to detail, leads to successful and long lasting interiors. Rhonda has had homes published in Traditional Home magazine as well as local publications, and received awards at local and regional levels for her interiors.
Emily Hughes, IIDA
A strong design background impacts the interiors created by Emily for her clients. She puts an emphasis on the marriage of client needs and design flair and function. Emily's love of fine art painting gives her a strong eye for color and proportion. Whether your style is traditional or modern, Emily will take your vision and create a timeless interior that leaves a lasting impression. Emily is experienced in all phases of project management, from programming and space planning to final decorating touches.
An Iowa native, Emily has also spent time designing interiors in Denver, CO, Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ and Aspen, CO as well as managing a home furnishings store near Aspen. She is detail oriented and goes above and beyond to ensure client satisfaction. She believes in the importance of building lasting relationships with her clients and will help you as your needs develop and change over the years. Emily has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design and has achieved certification through the National Council for Interior Design Qualification.
Chuck Skaugstad, Jr
Chuck Skaugstad, Jr, owner of The Mansion, has been creating timeless, comfortable luxury interiors in homes for over 30 years.
Chuck attended Arizona State University and received a business degree in 1978. After college Chuck returned to his home state of Iowa and worked for Twetten’s Interiors in Spencer. In 1980, he and his wife, Sheryl, also a graduate of ASU, purchased the historic Close Mansion, built in 1874. Together they opened The Mansion, an Interior Design Showroom and Studio in Iowa City, Iowa. In 2005, a second Mansion location was added in Des Moines, Iowa.
Chuck’s interiors reflect the personality of the client’s taste while creating a memorable visual impact. One of his strengths is the ability to interpret the client’s needs and artfully execute a design plan. Over the years Chuck has developed his own style with a very loyal nationwide clientele.
Chuck and Sheryl have a daughter and son-in-law, Brett and Bryan Watson, who reside in Iowa City. Their son, Trey, also a graduate of ASU, resides in Iowa City and manages the Skaugstad commercial properties, Town Square Development in Coralville, as well as The Mansion in Iowa City.