Luis E. Ramirez
Who is Luis E. Ramirez?
I am the son of Enrique and Lupe Ramirez two Mexican immigrants who raised my three brothers and I on a farm in the beautiful and scenic, Sutter Buttes in Northern Cali. My personality could definitely be defined as sassy and feisty. However, I am an ambitious and courageous individual who enjoys new experiences and embraces opportunities head on. I constantly strive to learn and develop new skills and techniques for my passion in Interior Design as I strive to do my best work!
I believe in loyalty and integrity and take time to nurture and build long lasting relationships with friends and family. I am an animal lover. I own a dog, Mochi. I’m also a complete Food Enthusiast. What currently drives me is implementing my values and ambition to excel and relish in every day that goes by as the future lies within me.
How did you choose your career path?
My passion for Interior Design began at a very young age. My mother who owned a house keeping business would drag me along. One of my jobs was organizing and setting up China cabinets. I recall being mesmerized by the delicate details of the Fine China and Crystal Goblets, I mean I was only 7 at the time.
Then of course secretly watching interior decorating shows behind my brothers backs. My mother saw my talent and let me faux sponge paint my bedroom and constantly rearrange the living room. I’ve always been confident with my abilities in seeing color, texture, and balance. I’m grateful that my mother encouraged my creativity and passion.
Luis and Designer Cynthia Rowley
Where do you find inspiration?
This is simple for me, anything outdoors and in nature. My father was a migrant worker who was always out on the farm. I grew up raising goats and selling them at county fairs to save for my college tuition. Growing up seeing beautiful orchard blossoms extend for miles in the spring or the change in color of rice fields from a muddy brown, to a bright chartreuse green and lastly to a beautiful dry harvest gold. Color and change were constant in my surroundings. Nature just has a way of putting elements together so harmoniously and effortlessly. Now that I live in Manhattan I take full advantage of the beautiful parks and constant change around me! I get to see beautiful architectural buildings old and new that influence and inspire much of my work as an Interior Designer.
What is your preferred design genre?
Transitional Design. I design homes that first reflect my clients passions and lifestyles. I love neutral pallets with splashes of color and modern elements, which can very easily be changed in a more cost effective way. The spaces I design always feel homey, comfortable, and practical. Many of my clients have growing families so it’s crucially important that I design spaces that will suit their needs without limiting or sacrificing the creativity of the space as I love to surprise them.
What do you fear?
If I had to give an honest answer I would say, I fear having no fear. However, hearing a family member, friend or my dog Mochi getting hurt is something that I fear as I was taught to place importance to the things that matter most!
What do you do on your free time?
I find myself frequenting and trying new restaurants especially with my friends Vicky, Fran, and Chelsea. They are women I admire who inspire me and remind me of the quality and attributions my mother and father raised me with. We sit and chat about everything. I also enjoy visiting many museum exhibits. I recently went to the metropolitan museum of art and took the tour of “Badass Bitches”, it was everything I expected. Thus, I’ll sign up for a night out dancing equally.
Describe a day in the life of Luis E. Ramirez from waking up to bed time.
Let’s see, first I walk Mochi around the Riverside Sate park near my apartment in West Harlem. He always has an outfit on, of course!! Then get dressed for work, take the train were you will find me listening to music on my headphones or reading a book; my current read is “Complete confidence” by Sheenah Hankin
Always I stop for my bagel with egg and sausage before I walk into the office at this bodega on the corner of 20th Street and Broadway. That place is now a staple for me. Manhattan has done that to me!
I arrive at my office and sort out my Calendar for house visits or preparing my presentations for new projects. My job is hectic as there are many facets from checking orders, fixing issues, or dealing with a client who is having a breakdown. Not everything is as glamorous as it seems.
I always have lunch with my friend Luce at my office. She has become a sister to me and I can’t go a day without having our lunch gossip catch up and practice my fluent Spanish.
By the time I’m done 7 or 8 PM, I head home and am greeted by Mochi barking and demanding that I rub his belly and take him for a walk. Lately I’ve been cooking a lot. Preparing every Mexican dish my mother taught me and sharing it with my friends.
I always watch television at night. Cuddling up with Mochi in bed, drinking hot chocolate and nibbling on pastries is my night cap. But not before I say grace!
Luis and Mochi