At Home with Tula Summerford

We spend time in the favorite rooms of the homes of some of Raleigh’s top interior experts and designers.

Tula Summerford majored in textile technology at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. The mother of four formerly worked for Westwood Incorporated, one of New York City’s largest fashion houses, where she did design work and forecasted colors and fabrics season to season. Summerford’s passion for fabrics led her to the world of interior design and, after relocating to Raleigh, she established her own interior design company, Design by Tula. Summerford has been working in the design industry for more than 35 years and Design By Tula prides itself on tailoring design to satisfy every client’s needs and style. Summerford says she loves to create rooms that are timeless and rooted in tradition and she loves to incorporate trends and updated fabrics to keep spaces fresh. 

How do you describe your homes’s style?

We live in Country Club Hills. My home reflects my personality, unique and multi-dimensional. My home is an eclectic blend of old and new, classic and contemporary. It’s filled with family heirlooms mixed in with objects collected from my travels.

What makes this your favorite room?

You know what they say about first impressions. Your foyer introduces your guests to your personal style. It sets the tone for your home. 

Tell us about the foyer and how you created it? 

I designed the hand-painted wall murals that wrap around my foyer. I chose muted hues of greens and golds as a backdrop for my antique grandfather clock, French mirrors and Italian demilune. I added interest with a contemporary Portuguese velvet chair. 

What should people know about creating a space they love?

Details are important. The details are not just the details, they make the design. Great design is difficult to describe, you know it when you see it! Stepping into your home should be an experience. If you’re not excited or inspired when you walk into your home, it’s time to shake things up!

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