As a 7-year-old, I was regularly checking out interior design books from the library, taping color wheels to the paneled walls of my room and refusing to let anyone tell me what to wear; see cocktail ring in pic at left. I had no front teeth, but I had my own style. Of this I was certain.
The need to be creative led me to Interlochen Center for the Arts, a bachelor's in Broadcast Design and a career in television as Art Director for the NBC affiliate in Grand Rapids, overseeing the visual presentation of WOOD TV8 and WOTV4Women, including digital, print and set design.
Occasional moonlighting as an interior designer led to more demanding projects and eventually I left television to focus on interiors full time. My approach is collaborative and considered; executing a unified vision by attending to the details that make a space comfortable and personal. A client's history, lifestyle and aspirations inform design decisions as much as architectural or mechanical constraints. Bringing all of these elements together is method and a bit of magic.
As an adult, I've come to realize that "style" is overrated. Trends come and go, but the places we feel most at home are those that foster connection and remind us of who we truly are- cocktail rings and all. Of this I am certain.