Robin Cannell Baker, ASID

School: San Diego State University
Company: Robin Cannell Baker Interiors
Tucson, AZ 85704-1017
Phone: (520) 247-2271
Email: rcb@mcn.org
Website: www.conceptualdesign.com

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Designer Profile

HOW AN INTERIOR DESIGN BEGINS

I start by being the compassionate listener; I find out what ideas my clients have. What are their budget needs? I assess the architectural plans and make sure I understand how they will be utilizing their spaces. I put on my psychologist hat and decipher their combined desires. Hopefully they have gathered some pictures and samples of what thrills them - so I can marry their visions as a greater than the sum of the parts, a WHOLE!

I then contemplate their ideas. I find my ideas roll in and I eventually come up with a "vision" for their project. I share this with them through drawings of floor plans, elevations, and photos. I put together items to acquire a full color scheme, this includes paint, fabrics, tile, textures, furniture, light fixtures, and everything that exemplifies what I have in mind.


I pick from many of the 90 percent of the available goods that the public never sees. The majority of my sources are behind closed doors at the design centers. Interior designers have access to what the best trade centers have to offer. Being able to see what their finished product will look like in my mind and having a great color sense - this is my greatest gift to the client - knowledge of available goods.


Together, the client and I pour over this array of possibilities and come to a mutually enticing look. This is where the work really begins - specifying surfaces, tiles, wall textures & coverings, floor coverings, plumbing selections, appliances. By drawing detailed elevations and floor plan details for the architect & builder, by researching details for every item to be purchased and then ordering, my clients can rest assured. What I show them will be what they get. I arrange and follow up on construction progress and material deliveries and finally set up the design in the living space.

I do not overlook ideas that coordinate outside landscaping themes. I utilize and arrange client accessories and art work. I suggest clients plan for plenty of room for buying plants & accessories. Together, these pieces pull the entire look together. For the best outcome every detail that goes in the home should be thought out ahead of time.

Eclectic is my favorite design structure. However, you can see how I've enjoyed the other various styles my clients have hired me to create for them.

Services Offered

Interior Design
Remodeling
Color consultation
Landscape design
Staging

A creation inspired by a client's trip to a burned abby ruin in England. This is a magical art piece we created to satisfy their need to have fountain and water way to a pond and the feel of a meadow with elegant furniture pulled out under the stars.
Looking from this luscious perch, through the colonated waterway to the 14,000 ft Wilson Range, one gets the feeling of luxury from the finest reproduction of furniture and fabrics the world has to offer. This custom rug inspired by a meadow is composed of strips of leather, fabric, yarn - all hand sewn to a canvas backing that is laid wall to wall.
Transport yourself to another world of sandstone and mesquite which opens up to the stars. Light is reflected off the sandstone slabs above and from under the cabinets to illuminate the cozy kitchen and the task areas.
Native American accents punctuate an old world mountain style home. To pull this look together with the steel Viking stove, I've used gray stained cabinet doors of leaded seedy glass above an antique terricotta back splash, with granite counters and cast nickle tiles & handles.
This is a log cabin theme recreated on the 6th floor condo atop a 5 star hotel with a 40,000 sq. ft spa down stairs, roomservice, restaurants, and a ski-in-ski out location. You can have a log cabin experience in the lap of luxury.
Created with plaster walls as a Faux Log Cabin: I accented this bedroom with an Old french grillwork headboard. Antler and art nouveau lamps, hand made furniture and country linens create a unique look in this cozy bedroom.
This is vintage wicker in the Faux Log Cabin. Note the Ralph Lauren fabrics and the innovative construction of the river rock and sandstone fireplace.
Antique accent tile set the stage for a remodeled country kitchen. Newly finished and rearranged cabinets in green crackle and soft green granite countertops with antique style appliances help set the mood. It feels like coming home.
Antique accent tiles and handmade crackle field tiles surround this ocean fantasy master bath tucked into a cozy corner of the house.

The owner called me to help her pick a kitchen paint color to match her granite counter tops. She was so pleased she consulted with me from there on to the completion of her remodel as well as furnishing the entire home. French blue is always in style!
Redwood walls and clients antiques called for beautiful fabrics to enhance dining chairs and to soften the room.
Living Room: a difficult room to furnish with the large scale fireplace and dark wood walls and ceiling with bright light coming from the ocean through the west windows. Only one fabric seemed to hold its own, a embroidered wool on cotton crewel for the matching sofas. Beautiful antiques and reproduction pieces add character and texture to the strong surroundings. Slender wood blinds hold back the sunset rays.
Winter Accent bedding can be changed and a whole new red pallette introduced by just changing the skirt and throw on  a bed.
Mounain kitchen created with a feeling of yesteryear.
My client wanted fabric fronts on her cabinets and so sweet an old world kitchen space!!
Attic Bed Closet in the European tradition where a tiny window
gives you fresh air - imagine a quilted partition that drops down behind you to enclose this cool sleeping environment.
Cozy corner for this open living room with unending views.
Entirely new kitchen with concrete counter top, cherry cabinets & glass and slate accents reform a tired kitchen into a beautiful gathering place,
From the kitchen this concrete counter inset with abalone and gems set the stage for dining and livingroom arrangment to come. The slat fireplace surround and redwood mantle and walls are toned down with stain to lighten and give the feeling of spaciousness.
Stone sinks and stainless custom counter suit this bachelors bath.
Here in the guest bath pebbles, slate and glass take you outside in theis beach retreat.
Glass and slate shower with a pebble waterway  for maximum pleasure.
Open airy dining for this California coast staging
Custom carpet defines spaces in the roomy retirement lobby.
Cozy seating area of retirment lobby for a quick cup of coffee while waiting for a ride.
Gathering is joyous in the new dining room.
An entirely new kitchen in subtle custom tiles and soft tones enhance clients own furnishings.
Antique style custom painted tiles on the fireplace set an old world mood. Local hand built cabinets house clients china.