Designer’s Corner

Tom Diverio

Join us as we sit down with architect and designer, Tom Diverio to discuss Design Tips and Inspiration.

Tom Diverio

Thomas Diverio grew up knowing he wanted to be an architect. Attending the prestigious University of Miami School of Architecture, he paved his way interning and working with local firms.

After graduating Diverio dove into the world of architecture, working for a handful of architecture firms until being contacted by Charlotte Dunagan.

With Dunagan’s exceptional background in interior design Diverio’s vast experience in architecture, the two were able to develop a firm, Dunagan Diverio Design Group, specializing in stunning custom homes from the ground up.

I love that I am able to create interior spaces clients will live in and love

as time goes on

the interview

What inspired your passion for interior design?

I love that I am able to create interior spaces that my clients will live in and love as time goes on. It is an amazing feeling to know that what you have designed will be used and appreciated on a daily basis, and I think this is what drives me to be the best at what I do.

Who are your (design) mentors (if any)?

I think this is a very difficult question. There are so many amazing architects and interior designers out there constantly reinventing themselves. With the help of the internet, it is so easy to go online and discover designs all over the world. I will say that I do find myself drawn to the warm, modern, clean lines of some of the designers in Asia. There are some amazing tropical modern homes that I think speak to what we do a lot here in Miami.

What are the most important decorative elements in a home?

I think one of the most important elements in a home is lighting, whether decorative or architectural. This one element can completely change the look of a home and make a dramatic difference in the look and feel of a space.

What upcoming projects are you looking forward to?

At this very moment we have just completed 2 of the largest homes we have ever done, one in Napa California, and the other here in Miami on Star Island. Every week we receive inquiries for potential new clients and projects. I think one of the greatest things about doing what we do, is that we are constantly able to reinvent ourselves and our style based on what the client is looking for. Even if we are working on 10 modern homes at once, each one will have its own story, which makes each project so unique, and in most cases the client is what drives the design and feel of the home.  

Where do you go for design inspiration?

I think inspiration can come from anywhere and anything. I could be walking down the street and see an amazing detail on the exterior of a beautiful high-end retail store and think, wow, that could be amazing for this living room I am working on. I also love getting lost on the internet on all these amazing architecture and design websites where you have access to projects from all over the world.  

What are your three most important elements when designing a bedroom?

Flooring, lighting, and an amazing design for the headboard wall.

What is on your nightstand?

I am a minimalist, so a wireless phone charger for my phone and a framed family picture.

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