Andrea Larson Kout
Andrea Kout loves the challenge of finding the right mix of patterns that make a room feel cohesive without being too over-thought or matched. Her unique style of blending pattern on pattern is not without a favorite touch of animal print. “No matter if you are traditional or contemporary, animal print works,” is Andrea’s mantra. She advises to think outside the box by injecting a bit of the exotic in a way that is completely unexpected – it could be a zing of color or an inspired piece of furniture.
“You can design a room for comfort and function, but never compromise style,” recommends Andrea. “All it takes is finding that one perfect piece you love to work the room around.” Her strength in mixing styles that complement each other prevents a room from becoming too much like a set. Her clients appreciate her abilities to take their initial vision and create a room that sings. Just don’t forget the leopard!
Chuck Skaugstad, Jr
Chuck Skaugstad, Jr, owner of The Mansion, has been creating timeless, comfortable luxury interiors in homes for over 30 years.
Chuck attended Arizona State University and received a business degree in 1978. After college Chuck returned to his home state of Iowa and worked for Twetten’s Interiors in Spencer. In 1980, he and his wife, Sheryl, also a graduate of ASU, purchased the historic Close Mansion, built in 1874. Together they opened The Mansion, an Interior Design Showroom and Studio, in the Close Mansion in Iowa City, Iowa. In January of 2019, nearly 40 years after restoring the Close Mansion, Chuck and Sheryl moved their design showroom to its current location on 12th Avenue and 5th Street in Coralville.
Chuck’s interiors reflect the personality of the client’s taste while creating a memorable visual impact. One of his strengths is the ability to interpret the client’s needs and artfully execute a design plan. Over the years Chuck has developed his own style with a very loyal nationwide clientele.
Chuck and Sheryl have a daughter and son-in-law, Brett and Bryan Watson, who reside in Iowa City with their three little boys. Their son, Trey, also a graduate of ASU, resides in Iowa City and manages the Skaugstad commercial properties, Town Square Development in Coralville, as well as The Mansion.