Q: How did you develop a love for design?
A: Nate and I have moved more times than I can count on two hands. We moved from college in Nevada to Minnesota. We moved twice in Minnesota. We then moved to Seattle, and moved twice in Seattle. We then lived in Michigan and we would spend half the year there and the other half in Washington for four years. From there we went to Arizona and then over to the East coast where we have already moved twice. We are now moving for the third and final time (hopefully). I know it sounds exhausting (which it is), but what I have learned is I love making a house a home. Each home has it's own character and I wanted to exemplify what I saw in each home and design around that. Most importantly, no matter where we lived I wanted each house to truly feel like a home when we stepped in it which to me means comfortability, functionality, and personality.
Q: What is your vibe when it comes to design?
A: I love functional with a bit of a pop whether it's a chandelier, an accent wall, or some artwork that draws attention. There has to be simplicity, functionality, and a statement piece! I definitely like the ying and the yang!
Q: What's been your favorite home you've designed?
A: That's tough because each one is so different. I loved our home in Washington, but our home in Arizona I was really able to make it my own and showcase my skills. Our second home in Jersey has really helped me hone into more of my personality and decide what works for me and family. Hopefully, the new home that we are building will really showcase who I am and what I love and inspires someone else as well.
Q: What are design concepts that you try to stay away from?
A: I don't like clutter or business. Excessive wallpaper, oversized furniture, all dark furniture or all light furniture is not my thing. I like to mix it up. I like a base color for paint, accent walls, light and dark furniture, texture, as well as a little sparkle and wall art to draw the eye up and balance the room.
Q: What design elements do you prefer?
A: I like space, texture, a pop of color, patterns, light, and a little sparkle. However, keeping them balanced is the key to creating an area that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
Q: Are you open to helping others design their space?
A: Absolutely! I've helped friends and family with decorating or designing spaces that display their personality and makes their house feel like a home. What I've learned is it's very different for each person you help. I like to ask them questions and find out more about them before deciding what would work best in their home. Also, I am very price conscious when it comes to decorating and design. I don't like to spend a ton of money because I like to change things up. However, investing in your main furniture pieces is something that I recommend as well as keeping the palate neutral and comfortable. This gives you the flexibility to make simple changes with pillows or a wall color which is inexpensive. So, yes if there is someone that needs help sprucing up a room or designing a space that speaks to them I am more than happy to assist! If you are still deciding, please watch as I show you my journey with our new home. It's gonna be fun with some bumps along the way, but I know it will be worth it in the end!