When Jody Myers-Fierz, founder of design firm, Color Concept Theory, was a child, her mother used to take her on trips to Rhode Island to tour the Vanderbilt mansion and go antique shopping. And while today, the residential and commercial designer loves being
eclectic and layering elements, she always returns to that childhood inspiration. “Whether it’s something from the past or a current style, I always try to incorporate timeless elements. Like the Vanderbilt mansion: it’s timeless and will always come back,” says
Myers-Fierz, who has showrooms in Westport and Bethel.
Over the years, Myers-Fierz has collected pieces that will never go out of style, she gets them when a client needs to get rid of something old to make room for new. “I’ve collected all of these beautiful things,” says Myers-Fierz. Now, she’s taking those (sometimes very expensive) items and putting them towards her newest passion project, tentatively titled “Mission Possible.” Starting in 2017, she plans to donate her services to complete a home for a United States military veteran. Her father was in the Navy and her grandfather in the Marines, but it was her cousin Chris Williams, a Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan for 21 years, who inspired her to start this project. “He has four purple hearts and unfortunately lost his best friend when their hummer ran over an IED. He’s seen a lot for his age and definitely had some post-stress issues,” says Myers-Fierz. After someone helped her cousin find a new career, she was inspired to pay it forward. “I thought [the veterans] could come back and have something comfortable in their home.
I just feel like we need to do something,” says Myers-Fierz, who hopes to get
vendors involved in what she’d like to become an annual project timed to the holiday season.
Another upcoming first for Myers-Fierz is a small hotel job, and she says she loves expanding her repertoire. “I always want to be challenged, whether it’s a hotel, a boat…who cares? I don’t want to do the same thing all the time. I get bored easily,” she explains. Her dream project? A rock star’s home. “Think of Steven Tyler. Look at what he wears. Can you imagine his house? You could play with texture and bold color…If Janis Joplin were alive, how awesome would her place be?”