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HISTORY

Launched in 1992, Total Resource Associates, Inc. is a full service interior design firm. TRA has successfully completed a wide range of projects: corporate offices and boardrooms, product showrooms, hospitality, historic restoration of both interior/exterior properties, as well as corporate aircraft interiors. Residential projects have included urban apartments, country homes and weekend retreats. The firm has successfully participated as principal designers on projects as well as in collaboration with other architectural and interior design firms.

 

The firm employs a design philosophy which blends architectural integrity with creative design on every project.  Through the use of materials and finishes, furniture and furnishings, Mary Montray and Linda Willis integrate client involvement with the highest standard of quality design. Color Marketing Group membership and certification in Historic Preservation as well as a consideration for the use of sustainable products add a depth and perspective to every aspect of their design.

 

Projects range in size from 500 square feet to over 1,000,000 square feet of interior space.

 

Total Resource Associates, Inc. was officially awarded status as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise in 2004 by New York State. In 2009, TRA became a certified WBE by The Port Authority of NY & NJ.

TEAM

MARY MONTRAY

Founding Principal of Total Resource Associates, Inc.; Mary is actively involved in every project from inception to completion. Her specialties range from development of architectural and furniture finishes such as custom wood veneer selection and custom millwork design, to corporate furniture standards and color marketing consultation, auction purchasing consultant, and Historic Preservation. Mary provides client liaison, design direction, administrative project functions, as well as project supervision and implementation to Total Resource Associates’ client base.

 

Mary received a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has been awarded a Certificate in Historic Preservation at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey in 2008. She has been a member of the Color Marketing Group since 1991.

 

Prior to establishing Total Resource Associates as a partnership with Linda Willis, she was employed by Carol Groh and Associates formerly GN Associates from 1979 to 1992. She was with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill from 1974 to 1979.

LINDA WILLIS

Founding Principal of Total Resource Associates Inc.; Linda actively markets, directs and participates in every project from conceptual design to installation. Her collaborative approach with clients on design and budget direction is a key element in TRA’s successful continuing client base. The combination of her refined and innovative use of materials and finishes, and the ability to integrate contemporary and traditional design elements, while maintaining the architectural integrity of the space, creates timeless and cohesive environments. Her project management skills reflect her ability to assign and monitor project tasks and workflows in order to complete the project on schedule and in budget.

 

Linda received her Fine Arts Degree from Marymount College, Arlington, Virginia and a Certificate of Language Arts from the University of Barcelona, Spain. She has been a member of The National Arts Club since 2002.

 

Prior to establishing Total Resource Associates as a partnership with Mary Montray, she was employed by Carol Groh and Associates formerly GN Associates from 1979 to 1992.

CHIKAKO INDEN

Joining Total Resource in 2000 as an intern, she has been with the company for 17 years. As a Senior Designer she contributes to the success of the company, with her AUTOCAD proficiency. As an integral member of Total Resource Associates, Chikako works independently and with clients and team members to achieve the goals of the projects. Chikako is fluent in Japanese and English. She excels in IT skills. Her academic credentials are from Taki Woman’s College in Japan, an AAS in Interior Design from Parson followed by a B.F.A. in Interior Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

PROCESS

HOW WE WORK

Interior Design is not static. It requires imagination, creativity and seamless integration of architecture and interiors.

 

Our inspiration was reverence for the inherent beauty of the iconic Central Park views as well as the surrounding New York City life.

 

As a team we wanted to enhance the classic modern architectural presence of the building with a timeless interior renovation.

 

The structural details remained in place while adding a sophisticated and refreshed color palette. Our use of finishes and materials further developed the refined aesthetic meant to envelop the guests as soon as they arrived at the hotel. The guest rooms and corridors reflect a practiced knowledge and expertise, further  confirming that great design can be achieved under any given circumstances. Challenges are ever present for renovation of an existing structure.

 

The corridors establish the youthful palette as well as the incorporation of sparkling LED chandeliers and wall sconces. The addition of deep crown and base mouldings,  as well as new fittings, fixtures, carpet and furniture in the guest rooms and guest bathrooms further compliment the new transition to a comfortable yet sophisticated style.