Designer Christina Roughan founded Roughan Design in 2009, having previously worked as a designer of retail stores and showrooms for prominent high fashion clients. Her style is Modern Traditional and her designs are chic, carefully executed and consistently timeless. Christina’s balance of creative and organizational skills mean she’s consistently sought after for high profile clients and home locations. Drawing from the client’s lifestyle and design preferences, she creates curated interiors utilizing statement artworks, selective color choices, texture and unique items to the home so that each design becomes its own story to walk through. Her work frequents the pages of design magazines, including Interior Design magazine, House Beautiful, Elle Décor and CT Cottages & Gardens.
Describe your design aesthetic in a few words?
Modern Traditional, I live for mixing the old and the new while creating emotional attachments in a space.
What do you love about using antiques in your designs?
Antiques used correctly to become the texture in a room. They have a background which tells a story and creates texture and depth in an interior. The room suddenly has a soul which sparks emotion.
What inspires you?
Art inspires me, creation, music, love, travel basically anything that lights my curiosity and allows me to interpret that to create and excel at my craft.
What’s your favorite way to celebrate the holidays?
Listening to Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Gene Autry and Perry Cuomo while celebrating with my family and friends in a very decorated home.
What are some details of your signature style?
Modern Traditional has been our signature style for years. We love elements that tell a curated story about a client’s life. These are one of a kind antiques and art modern and traditional that brings joy to a room while enhancing the interior. Subtle texture and color are also our signature style.
How would you decorate your table if you were hosting a holiday dinner?
I love tabletop as I find table settings to be magical. This is my recipe for a perfect table setting:
White or ivory tablecloth with trim detail around the edge.
A Pair of Silver Candelabras from Hagenauer, modern and chic with Swedish nondrip candle in white.
Small green with red accents around the base of the Hagenauer candles.
A Silver bowl filled with pheasant feathers and ostrich eggs as decoration
Balcon Du Guadalquivir porcelain place setting with silver chargers.
Seating tags in the shape of snowmen would put the finishing touches on this table setting.
What would be included in your RubyLUX Holiday Wish List?
Roughan began her design career with iconic brands Polo Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, designing and overseeing the implementation of retail stores and showrooms worldwide.
In 1996, she started Sullivan Design, an interior design firm based in NYC. Her talent for combining modern and traditional interiors in unexpected ways garnered the attention of prominent clients such as Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, and Takashimaya. In 1998 Sullivan Design decided to expand and take on a business partner to co-found Tocar, Inc, an interior design firm focusing on residential and commercial interiors.
In 2009, Roughan was founded and became a global international design firm with offices in Weston, CT, and NYC.
With a reputation for listening carefully to the needs of clients, attention to detail, and discretion, Roughan has become a favorite of international celebrities as well as design editors at Interior Design magazine, House Beautiful, Elle Décor, CT Cottages & Gardens and AtHome Magazine to name a few. Christina lives with her husband and two daughters in a 200-year-old house in Weston, CT, which is, no surprise, in a constant state of renovation.