Starr is the award winning President and Principal Designer at StarrMiller Interior Design, a collaborative interior design studio that caters to residential and small business clientele in the Lake Norman/Charlotte area of North Carolina. Projects include multiple episodes on HGTV’s Save My Bath, residential and commercial projects in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, California and the Charlotte/Lake Norman area of North Carolina. Starr earned her Business Degree from The University of Alabama and her Interior Design degree at the renowned Parsons School of Design in NYC.
In 7th grade Starr’s mother let her work with an interior designer to choose how her room would be decorated. It was at that moment she began to understand that you could express who you are through how you lived. Of course, in 7th grade that meant yellow and green contrasting walls and custom made flower power bedspreads, but we all need to start somewhere.
She graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.S. in Business and went on to a very successful career with some of the countries largest and most respected retailers and Fortune 500 companies. During this time she managed the merchandising and product selection for up to 950 stores, 3000+ products, 200 employees and $350 million in sales. She also designed product, packaging and store layout and displays. The best lesson learned during these years was how to listen. And not just listen, but to ask insightful questions to understand clients circumstances, needs, wants and goals. This collaborative/consultative process is the foundation on which Starr approaches her clients and business.
When Starr decided it was time to move away from the corporate life and focus on her love of interior design she thought about what she would want in a designer. Her list included someone who was well educated in design, someone that she would want to tell her story to and someone who could translate her thoughts and desires into a home that she would look around and say – yes, this is me! It was at that time she packed her bags and moved to NYC to attend the Parsons School of Design. She lived in NYC while her sweet husband commuted back and forth to Florida. Parsons is where she had the incredible opportunity to learn from industry leaders, study museums, historical architecture, collaborate with other students from around the world and ultimately be grilled by the best architects and designers in the business challenging her thought processes, collaboration techniques and design skills.