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A Design Visionary

Author: John Roark
Issue: August, 2017, Page 102
Springer photographed for her 2001 Phoenix Home & Garden Masters of the Southwest profile.
phoenix Home & Garden remembers billi springer

With a career that spanned 38 years, interior designer Billi Springer was one of the Southwest design community’s most respected and loved members. After building a strong foundation in architecture and interior design in Colorado and the Pacific Northwest, she settled in Scottsdale in 1990.

“The Southwest is the freest area for different expressions in architecture,” she told this magazine in 2001. “This area embraces a variety; it’s a melting pot, and it’s the most exciting venue because of that.”

A 2001 Phoenix Home & Garden Masters of the Southwest award winner, Springer was also recognized nationally with numerous awards throughout her career that celebrated her innate ability to transform houses into homes.

Springer’s iconic “cowboy closet.”
Architect Lee Hutchison collaborated with Springer on a number of projects. “Billi was always on the top of my list,” he says. “She was as talented as any interior designer I’ve ever worked with. She could look at what I had on paper and immediately comprehend where to take it. She had a great gift for blurring the lines where architecture ended and interior design began.”

Although Springer excelled in the arenas of traditional Southwestern, old-world and eclectic contemporary decor, she welcomed all design challenges and was most in her element reimagining spaces to make them better. She will always be remembered as the creator of the iconic “cowboy closet” which adds an inimitable Sonoran stamp to countless
Arizona homes. Phoenix Home & Garden is honored to have featured her work in more than seven issues and to have relied on her as an arbiter of excellence in design.

Springer’s legacy has an indelible presence in the Valley. Billi Springer & Associates’ principal designer Victoria King has seen firsthand the impact that her former mentor had on the lives she touched. “Billi had such a way of bringing out the best in people and inspiring them to do their best,” she says. “The void that was created when she left us was not empty for long because of all the love for her.”

A feature in the May 2013 issue of Phoenix Home & Garden showcased Springer’s contemporary eclectic style.

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