How does living in the Southwest influence your designs?
Living and working in the southwest definitely has an influence on my design. We live a more casual, laid back lifestyle and our homes reflect that way of living. I always consider the location, architecture and the client when creating the overall concept for the project. When designing in the west, I gravitate towards textures, natural fibers and materials that don't necessarily look "shiny and new". I want my homes be casually elegant, but not feel too "designed or overdone."
Is there a palette you are particularly drawn to?
I wouldn't say I am drawn to one palette. I LOVE color! Color is what I do best. It is important to me to have fluidity throughout the home. So, whether I use one color or a ton of color, there must be a common thread.
Did you decorate your childhood room?
I did . . . and laughed when I read this question. At 15, I insisted on having wood floors and a futon to make my room feel like an apartment in NYC. I painted the walls with my own artwork (I cringe now thinking about it.) My parents painted the walls white as soon as I left for college!
What can't you live without?
My art collection, luxurious bedding with all the proper stuffings, and my Louis Vuitton trunk!
What has been your worst design mistake, and what did you learn from it?
Getting the scale of light fixtures incorrect! I now insist on making templates for all light fixtures (interior and exterior)!!!
What three things make a room fabulous?
My three favorite things: art, fabulous window treatments, and a fireplace!
What has been your defining moment as a designer?
Installing my first project on Park Avenue in NYC!
Who are your mentors or influences as a designer?
My mom (of course). She gave me the genes and opportunity! If I were to pick a famous designer, it would have to be Dorothy Draper. She was Fabulous! (with a capital F). I live and design by her quote, "I believe in doing the thing you feel is right. If it looks right, it is right."
How are you incorporating green design into your work?
I love using reclaimed materials and architectural elements, i.e.: wood flooring, beams, tile, etc. Also, there are so many fabric and furniture manufacturers doing their part and making it easier for our industry to go green.