Emilia Callero, one of the Portland area’s foremost full service interior design professionals, provides prominent homeowners with one-of-kind-interiors influenced by her international travels.
Emilia offers services ranging from project management and space planning to kitchen and bath design. Her clients benefit from the global design perspectives, color and textile expertise, bilingual fluency and other skills she gained by studying, living and working throughout Mexico, India and South America.
She has formed close relationships with and earned high praise from those she works with in Northwest Portland, Irvington, Alameda and other area communities. Clients and colleagues use phrases like “talented, professional, so personable and so amazing,” “warm and caring,” “totally creative” and “amazingly thoughtful and artistic” to describe her.
Emilia specializes in remodeling but also designs the interiors of new homes for her clients, who include executives, entrepreneurs, relocating professionals, and engineers. In addition, she’s a gifted interior consultant who advises clients on how to save time, select the right furnishings, and personalize and customize their space.
Emilia Décor is expanding to work on investment properties and vacation homes, as well as on primary residences. The firm is backed by a team of the region’s leading contractors, artisans, painters, carpenters, installers and other professionals, as well as an international network of vendors and suppliers.
What makes Emilia’s success all the more remarkable is that she had no formal interior design training and is basically self-taught. She gained insights about design and textiles during her highly successful earlier career working in Mexico, Peru and India with nonprofits dedicated to women’s empowerment issues. She later honed her design skills renovating the old craftsman home that she and her husband bought in North Portland.
“Latin American cultures and textiles are so colorful, and working with local artisans in remote villages in Mexico increased my appreciation of color,” Emilia says. “Now I’m a color specialist. I use it in my projects to help tell stories and bring out the symbolism in peoples’ lives.”