Opened in 2011, Audrey’s Interiors on Main Street in the center of Harwich is the long-held dream of owner Audrey Greenway.
When her position as an event planner in the corporate world was eliminated during the recession of 2008, she decided to take her career in a different direction and do what she really loved.
“I’ve been sewing since I was ten years old and for the past 25 years I had been working as a seamstress in addition to my ‘day job.’ I have always had a love and passion for fabrics and colors, so opening an interior design business made sense to me,” she says.
Though she knew she had what it takes to be a successful designer, she wasn’t sure about the business side of running a design studio. She apprenticed for a year before opening the doors to her own business.
Today’s interior design trends—especially here on the Cape—tend to lean toward what Greenway calls upscale seaside. “A lot of my clients, especially the people who summer here, want that style. I do achieve that look but in a different way—a little more organically. I try to create the relaxed and casual atmosphere in a subtle way,” she says.
She notes that not all of her clients are just summer residents. “Some of my clients live here year round and want a design that fits their lifestyle in the fall and winter months,” she says.
She sees the use of neutral colors continuing in 2016. “The greys, beiges, and what I call ‘greige’—a combination of grey and beige—are going to continue to be popular,” she says.
“These hues work so beautifully with other colors—from blues, and corals to lavender and navy and everything in between.”