My background and design philosophy
I approach designing spaces holistically. By taking careful consideration of the built environment and local influences in addition to the needs, safety and experience of the beings that will inhabit the spaces I’ve designed, my intention is to deliver highly functional, comfortable and delightful interior spaces.
For the past 3 years I’ve designed interiors within award winning architecture firms. This has been such a blessing as these experiences have enriched my knowledge and skills, bestowing me with a deeper understanding of creative flow, design in architecture, appropriate material selection and the complex construction process.
This is a “second act” for me but one I have been practicing my entire life as my mom can attest to my very vivid imagination growing up and my odd delight with attending open houses and model homes when I was a child. I became pregnant with my second baby soon after I had gone back to design school (after getting laid off from my “safe” job) because I like to do hard things apparently? First baby I had at 17, but that’s a beautiful story for another day.
So that 2nd baby is now 9 years old and I have been designing professionally in one capacity or another ever since I gave birth. A lot of times with her in tow #momlife. We are currently living in a lovely 100-year-old Spanish Colonial revival in Southern California, and that has not only been a personal dream realized for me but quite the adventure!
If you would like to request to work with me on your own project, I thank you for considering me. I am currently open for design consultations and can work remotely. You can click here: Contact Me, leave me your contact information and a brief description telling me how I can help you and I will respond with details. Yep, that’s how easy that is.
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. Did you have to go to school to work as an interior designer?
No. You don’t have to go to school to practice interior design, or make it your lifelong career. In my case, I received formal design education from The New York School of Interior Design as well as Interior Designers Institute in beautiful Newport Beach, CA the rest of my education was real world work experience, and 1 or 2 epic fails!
2. When you walk into a room, are you already redesigning it in your brain?
Sometimes, yes. Sorry! But there is no judgement. It’s just the way I’m wired. I see opportunities for design and adding life to a space or utilizing it in a way that better serves it’s occupants. I always say interior design chose me, I didn’t choose it!
3. What is your favorite trend or style?
This one is hard because I can appreciate a lot of trends. I do tend to look to the architecture to inform the interiors firstly, then the needs of the client – do they need branding if it’s a business? is this a family home? These are things that are determined in a consultation of course, but I digress, design that is timeless, clean, elegant, with a pop of something unexpectedly delightful is always a winner with me.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
Being the California girl that I am, the ocean and other bodies of water inspire me a lot. The night sky when the moon is full and the stars are bright. Sometimes the color on a coffee mug, a textile, a song or a lyric, a special someone, and other amazing designers of course!