Barbara Vanderkolk Gardner of Collins Interiors, LLC How she turned her longtime hobby of interior design into a successful business. Barbara Vanderkolk Gardner Collins Interiors Design TWELVE YEARS AGO, Barbara Vanderkolk Gardner retired from her career as a health care executive and after taking classes and consulting with seasoned professionals, launched her interior design practice,…

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Interior designer Barbara Gardner (owner of Collins Interiors) and her husband Tom recently downsized from a large home on Bird Key to an apartment at Orchid Beach. She brought about a third of her existing furniture with her and then added new things that are appropriate to the size of the rooms and to her…

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Q+A: INTERIOR DESIGNER BARBARA GARDNER Barbara Vanderkolk Gardner is the founder and president of COLLINS INTERIORS. Her certifications and affiliations include: The Interior Design Society (IDS); International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA); International Interior Design Association (IIDA); International Design Association; and certified home stager. TSG Sarasota: What prep work should someone do before meeting with a designer?…

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