We had the good fortune of connecting with Amber Gizzi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amber, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I think I always knew I would own a company one day, but in college I realized pretty quickly that I had no interest in studying general business. I need a creative outlet and I get so genuinely excited about each new design project and coming up with ideas for them. It can be tough because there’s a lot of emotion involved for both the client and designer, but I think the reward is higher too. Seeing your hard work come together at the end and having a client cry tears of joy when they see their completed home is just an amazing feeling.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Pineapple House is a residential interior design firm specializing in large, whole-home projects and construction/renovation. Our operation is larger than most, so we’re able to handle bigger jobs and keep as much as possible in-house. We work on each project in teams of three (myself, a designer, and a project manager), and we also have a big support team to handle everything from logistics and installs to accounting. Pineapple House was founded almost 40 years ago by Stephen Pararo, and I started working for him as a college intern. When Stephen was ready to retire, I was offered the chance to take over the business and I’ve been doing so for about five years now. I like to say we’re the best of both worlds – we bring decades of experience as well as a fresh new perspective to interior design.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When I have friends in town, I usually start them out with all the great places in my Brookhaven neighborhood. Kaleidoscope brunch, Verde tacos or Pure for the queso, then pasta at Valenza or steak at Arnette’s. If we venture to Buckhead, I love the St. Regis for drinks either outside before dinner, or in the bar after (with some great characters late night). From there either Iberian Pig or Umi for dinner. If I’m really trying to entertain, I love taking new people to Ponce City Market’s rooftop and getting food and drinks at Biltong Bar. Hotel Clermont is another crowd pleaser in that area- the rooftop, inside bar, and of course the Clermont Lounge are all great.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have to give my shoutout to my team at Pineapple House Interior Design. I’m very aware that I couldn’t do this by myself, and from the design team to the support staff, each person plays a key role in the company’s success. On a personal level, they’ve all alternately stepped in as mentors, friends, or even family when I’ve needed it and I’m so thankful.
All images are Galina Photography except the headshot