Sometimes losing a job can be the beginning of something wonderful. That certainly was the case for Beth Williams, owner of Elizabeth Williams Interior Design in West Harwich.
“It was 1990 and I was laid off from my job as an interior designer at an architecture firm in Cambridge. I had already been doing some freelance work, so it wasn’t a great leap to start my own business. I was dating a man who lived on the Cape, so I decided to open my own place on Cape Cod rather than pursue another job in the Boston area,” says Williams.
She opened her business in Harwich, married the guy she was dating, and today is a well-known designer.
Williams, who specializes in commercial and residential interior design, says she has no single signature style. “I’d rather help my clients discover their unique style. I want them to feel happy and comfortable in their space. I want their home or business to be a reflection of their style—not mine,” she says.
While some things from the early 90s have certainly changed—“there were lots of chintz and floral patterns back then,” she says—some trends have come full circle and are making a come back.
“We are starting to see wallpaper again. The minimalist, clean modern lines are being replaced by something that is a little more layered; we’re mixing patterns and trims. Geometric wallpaper has gotten very big over the last five years,” Williams says. “It’s a very clean look and I think it will go on for a bit longer.”