University College at Fairfield University offers Interior Design Tours with Carol Brewer

Image: Carol BrewerUniversity College at Fairfield University will host three Interior Design Tours at Fairfield County businesses this September.

The tours, which will run on three Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon, will highlight a different topic for each business visited. Participants will meet Carol Brewer, a Stamford-based interior designer, at the entrances to each of the three businesses. She will introduce them to the owners, accompany them on their tour and provide insights and explanations on aspects to be covered.

On September 4, participants will visit a rug weaver and learn to recognize a rug's ethnicity through its color and design. Ehsan Mustafa, the owner, has mills in Pakistan and designs and distributes oriental rugs, antique and new, all over the world.

On September 18, Mary Lou Lord will take participants through a marble factory. The family-owned business specializes in natural and man-made stone. Visitors will see factory cutting of marble and the designing of slabs and learn the difference between natural and man-made stonework for countertops and other surfaces.

One of the county's preeminent providers of lighting and fixtures for the home will be the site of the last tour, on September 25. Jeffrey Heath, general manager, will describe the subtleties of lighting and offer ideas for the correct way to light a home's interior.

Brewer, who has been an interior designer for 25 years, has had assignments, including beautiful homes and apartments, in the United States, Canada and overseas. She has remodeled some exceptional homes with gorgeous kitchens, bathrooms and rooms for entertaining.

Brewer said the tours would be helpful to amateur interior designers as well as those with some experience under their belts. "When you've taken all of your courses and you have your certificate, the dilemma becomes finding reliable and good sources."

The cost of each tour is $25. To register by phone, call (203) 254-4288. For more information call (203) 254-4307 or visit University College at

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Posted on August 11, 2003

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