Andrea Larson Kout
For over 20 years, Andrea Kout has been creating timeless interiors for The Mansion. She 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.
Chuck Skaugstad, Jr
Chuck Skaugstad, Jr., owner of The Mansion, has been creating timeless, comfortable luxury interiors in commercial and residential properties for over 40 years.
Chuck received a business degree from Arizona State University and after college, returned to his home state of Iowa where he started his career at Twetten’s Interiors in Spencer. In 1980, he and his wife, Sheryl, also a graduate of ASU, purchased the historic Close Mansion in Iowa City, built in 1874. Together they opened The Mansion, an interior design showroom and studio. In January of 2019, over 40 years after restoring the Close Mansion, Chuck and Sheryl built and moved their design showroom and studio to its current location on 12th Avenue and 5th Street in Coralville in their Town Square commercial development.
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 while collaborating with architects, builders and others within the trades. Over the years, Chuck has developed and refined his own style with a very loyal nationwide clientele.