Arizona Foothills Magazine has given back to our community for more than 16 years and we are about to take on one of our largest projects yet! Arizona Foothills Magazine will be partnering with The Phoenix Dream Center and some amazing community leaders such as Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Meek, from Desert Star Construction, and Mark and Chrissy Donnelly, authors and philanthropists. The Phoenix Dream Center serves more than 40,000 people every month through a variety of programs and Arizona Foothills Magazine will be helping by supporting The Dream Center Life Recovery Program.
We are so excited to be a part of such a wonderful cause and help in every way we can to make this project spectacular! The Dream Center Life Recovery program is a faith-based, residential recovery program that helps men and women overcome substance abuse, anger management and emotional struggles. The Dream Center Rescue Project operates two separate homes for underage girls and adult women (18-30) who have been rescued from human trafficking and sex slavery from the streets of Phoenix.The Rescue Project is designed specifically to meet all their needs including spiritual and emotional support, while providing an environment that is loving and caring.
Read more to find out about how we are going to help The Rescue Project be a tremendous success! AZfoothills.com is so proud and honored to be a part of such a wonderful cause by helping girls have a safe haven. The 10 top design firms in the Valley will be participating in a contest to create the best room for these girls. These designers were chosen not only because of their incredible skills but also because of their big heart. Each designer came forward to help with The Rescue Project by donating their time, energy and money to help create a beautiful room. By working together to help build a warm and loving environment for these oppressed girls, we are facilitating a better community in Arizona.
Meet Amelia Kizerian Interiors
Amelia Kizerian (Photography by Dan Raustadt, www.biggerpictureimages.com )
Arizona Foothills Magazine: What is the name of your company?
AKI: Amelia Kizerian Interiors, Inc.
Arizona Foothills Magazine: When and where was your company founded?
AKI: I have been working as a designer since 1994, but started my own company in 1999. It was founded in Park City, Utah.
Arizona Foothills Magazine: Where is your office located?
AKI: 4014 N. Goldwater Blvd. Suite 201, Scottsdale, AZ.
Arizona Foothills Magazine: Why did you choose to become a designer?
AKI: With the possible exception of genetics, there is nothing that influences our lives more than the environment we live in. Some regard design as inessential or frivolous. However, as humans, we are unique in our ability to adapt the world around us to suit our needs. That is what makes us so successful as a species. Design is nothing less than the refinement of our humanity.
Arizona Foothills Magazine: What other designers have inspired your vision to create beautiful work?
AKI: Definitely Ulf Moritz. He creates beautiful and extremely unique fabrics. Also, Dorothy Draper, Juan Montoya,Dale Jones - Evans Pty Ltd, Playground Melbourne Pty Ltd are some others with great vision.
Arizona Foothills Magazine: What sets you apart from other designers?
First, I would say my education. I was trained as an architect, and am able to see a project from all points of view. I am also a very good listener and I pay strict attention to my client's thoughts and needs.
Arizona Foothills Magazine: What is the craziest idea that someone has asked you to design?
I believe that all clients are crazy. Not that that is a bad thing: The creative impulse is a kind of insanity, and that's what drives us to seek the impossible. Ultimately, transform the world. It is my job to find the spark of genius within the insanity, and translate that genius into real, functional, livable space.
Arizona Foothills Magazine: Is there one specific design you have done that is your favorite or have you had the most fun with?
One client had an amazing collection of antique medical devices and articulated animal skeletons. However, they couldn't figure out how to display them in a fun way. Together, we came up with a cheerful lighting scheme, accented with comfortable yet tasteful period furnishings that made that room pop. It was truly my favorite experience.
Arizona Foothills Magazine: What are the main reasons you are choosing to participate in such a wonderful and motivating cause?
AKI: As I said before, we have the ability to transform the world with design. I am a very visual person and am most comfortable in a beautiful environment. These girls in the Dream Center have seen and experienced the worst horror imaginable. I believe that they deserve a beautiful environment to live in, socialize in, relax in, and recover.
Arizona Foothills Magazine: What experience do you hope to take away from helping the beautiful and inspiring women from the Phoenix Dream Center?
AKI: Peace and Hope.