Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
What has been your defining moment as an interior designer?
Without question, my most defining moment as an Interior Designer was when I was featured on the cover of your magazine. From the time I was in college, and my professor said that being a published designer was the signature of a successful designer, my goal was set and it was my mountain to climb. Obviously, I work for my clients and their complete satisfaction is my first priority. I have always followed my instinct and I realize how fortunate I have been to do something I love and actually get paid for it. But, to be recognized among my peers and selected by professionals who have the responsibility of selecting homes that convey their mission while appealing to a massive audience, was complete validation for me.
What can't you live without?
I will forgo the typical family and dog answer because that goes without saying. So, I will proceed on a purely materialistic level. I will say the terrifying experience of having to pack up everything that matters into one car for multiple hurricane evacuations has made this answer quite easy for me. I have always treasured my grandmother's sterling silver candlesticks, some original artwork my parents collected along their travels and my wedding photos. My experience in this industry has taught me that all things are replaceable; however, there are some things that money can't buy.
Did you decorate your childhood room?
I certainly did decorate my childhood bedroom . . . many times. Looking back, that was my first design project and what a challenge it was. I was in third grade, had no budget, old furniture and a very difficult client, me. My room was pale yellow with white trim and beige carpet. My furnishings consisted of one twin bed, a sewing machine table that was reused as a bedside table, wall mounted white shelves, a fan back wicker chair and a white desk. My bedding ensemble included an eyelet dust skirt with matching shams and a bedspread (yes, bedspread) with red strawberries and butterflies on it. It was quite a find because it was reversible too. My window treatments were eyelet curtains that matched the dust skirt mixed with pom pom café curtains. I especially loved how the café curtains would allow for plenty of filtered sunlight. I would stay in my room for hours and continually rearrange and organize every item until it was perfect. Once everything was to my liking, I would sit on my bed and take it all in.
What trends do you seen on the horizon?
Less is more. I have more requests for simplified furniture details, organic and natural materials, and comfortable, easy living. A majority of my clients have requested a space that feels good. They want a place that is peaceful and inviting with a casual elegance. There homes are for their families and friends where memoires are created and it's not about the silk drapes and pedigreed furniture, rather the lifestyle that they lead and life's simple pleasures.
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida