#WCW: Spotlight on Dorene Riley

This week our spotlight points to Interior Desginer Dorene Riley.  Dorene is a legend within the walls of 612 North Main as she has called ISCG home for the last 32 years. She has an exceptional amount of patience and spends a great deal of time listening to clients to understand their needs so she can design an amazing space…and that she does! Dorene lives in a historic home that she has been renovating in Northville with her husband, Shawn, and has two adult children, Clare and Collin that keep her busy.

Dorene isn’t always one to get involved in the general office discussions of “what did you do over the weekend” and “Isn’t is Friday yet” so I sat down with her to find out more about her.

What was your first job?

Let’s see, if I think way back I guess my very first job was a stylist assistant at a small hair salon in Trenton.  I worked after school and on weekends when I was 15.

What is your favorite part about working at ISCG?

I always enjoy the people.  I like that everyday is different and the diversity of projects that I get to work on.

If you were a product ISCG sells, what would you be and why?

Dorene was hesitant to pick something so I offered for her. Knowing Dorene, I feel that the Kimball Xsede height-adjustable series suits her best. The features this product offers mirror Dorene’s personality…  Takes daily work to different levels – Amazing design capabilities  Excels anywhere- In the noisiest office or quietest corner still designing an space to knock your socks off.  Supports people no matter their personal preference or style of work – Never complains!

Dorene was hesitant to pick something so I offered for her. Knowing Dorene, I feel that the Kimball Xsede height-adjustable series suits her best. The features this product offers mirror Dorene’s personality…

Takes daily work to different levels – Amazing design capabilities

Excels anywhere- In the noisiest office or quietest corner still designing an space to knock your socks off.

Supports people no matter their personal preference or style of work – Never complains!

One fact that may surprise our blog readers?

I am married to a musician / real estate agent.  My husband Shawn is part of a 5 piece band.  He is the lead singer and the other band members are neighbors, co-workers, and a teacher.  The name of their band is “The Shawn Riley Band” – clever huh? 

Be sure to check follow their Facebook page for show locations and dates!

How do you spend a Saturday?

My Saturday usually starts with going to breakfast with Shawn and the kids and then home product selection or wedding planning.

Dorene has a big undertaking with adding a second-floor addition to her bungalow.  She has also been living in the home while this is being done – a true testament to her very patient personality!  Dorene’s daughter Claire is also engaged to be married later in 2019.  Claire takes full advantage of Dorene’s keen sense of design style to help with all the details of the wedding planning.

Where is your favorite place to be?

Relaxing on the front porch at home (once the renovation is complete) or vacationing in Northern Michigan. (Each year in the summer Dorene and her family take a vacation to Northern Michigan.)

So there you have it ladies and gentlemen a look into one of our very talented Interior Designers, Dorene Riley.  Stay tuned for more spotlights to learn about our awesome team!   

Angelica Nolff