From a young age, Carolyn Simmons, the founder and lead interior designer behind 30A Interiors, had an eye for design. Growing up in the heat of Houston, Texas, Carolyn’s creative family poured their love and knowledge of art and culture on her, resulting in a love for color and design. But, it exposed itself a little differently than you’d expect—through fashion.
Carolyn recalls working with her mother designing custom clothing for her Barbie dolls at a very young age. Her mother would take her sketches and stitch together the tiny couture clothing.
“Those are some of my favorite memories I have,” she said.
It was one summer working at her aunt’s retail shop that inspired and lead her to her own Interior Design business.
“There, I learned to truly love beautiful things,” said Carolyn. “I fell in love with putting beautiful things together.”
Carolyn attended Southeastern Louisiana University and declared fashion merchandising as her major, but after marrying a military man and traveling the world at his side, she found herself drawn to opportunities that would echo memories of the past.
As she grew up in Houston, she’d often visit her grandfather’s workshop. He built custom furniture, and she’d watch as he crafted custom pieces of furniture.
“That’s what inspired me,” said Carolyn. “Seeing furniture beautifully crafted, and knowing the value of quality pieces provided me the skills and knowledge to pursue Interior Design.”
Carolyn opened 30A Interiors when she moved to the area after 30 years of traveling the world and perfecting her fashion merchandising, commercial interiors and interior design craft.
Since arriving, she’s raised the bar for designers along 30A, backing up her talent with a her degree and extensive experience with interior design project management for multi-million dollar projects across the United States.
Now, Carolyn and her team, which includes a General Contractor, offer a variety of services from planning and executing a full renovation to assisting you in all facets of decorating your home. She uses her keen eye—she’s been named Finest of the Emerald Coast for Interior Design, Best of Houzz for Design and Service, Top 25 Designers of Florida and a Maria Killam True Colour Expert—and attention to detail to make sure your expectations are exceeded.
“I love what I do,” said Carolyn. “It’s a part of who I am and where I came from, and I love getting to share it with people every day.”