EP 226 | More than Talent with Maria Viola-Kuttruff

June 15, 2021

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We all know it takes more than talent to make it in this business. BOD™ member, Maria Viola-Kuttruff reminds us of the value of discipline—how to use it when it matters.

In this episode we learn:

  • trust your instincts when you hear or see a red flag
  • the majority of tasks we do, as designers, aren’t that exciting
  • avoid working with anyone who doesn’t share your ability to be disciplined
  • always let people know if you are running late, even by 5 minutes
  • aim for polite direction rather than a question when you want something done

Design Intervention

First off, know thyself! Next, no project is better than a bad project and no client is better than a bad client.

About Maria Viola-Kuttruff

Established in 2005, Viola Interior Design, L.L.C. is an award-winning boutique firm and has been designing distinctive homes for years. Maria Viola-Kuttruff believes in helping clients understand the importance of warm, inviting spaces that look beautiful and function well.

Maria received her master’s degree in Interior Architecture and Design from Drexel University. She has taught extensively at the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University, remaining grounded in academia but alive to new trends.

Her work has ranged from custom furniture designs to office spaces to the renovation of entire residences. As part of Philadelphia’s new guard of interior designers, she has the ability to combine modern and traditional – balancing scale and proportion – always with a twist that raises it above the ordinary. With humor, knowledge, and the ability to uncover a client’s own sense of style, she partners with clients to affect change in their lives.


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