One of my earliest memories is riding in the back of my mom's station wagon on the way to preschool. I looked down at my outfit and cried, "We have to go back - this is all wrong!" Later, and much to my parent's dismay, I recounted my day at school not with explanations about what I had learned but with elaborate descriptions of my teacher's daily wardrobe down to the tassles on her shoes. Afternoons were not spent on homework, but on rearranging the furniture in my ever-changing bedroom. I was born with an eye for design.
My design path started early and I've never veered from it. At 21 I started my own clothing company and within a year I had product in Bloomingdale's, Barney's, Fred Segal, and every Nordstrom's across the country. After my daughter was born, my family became my focus - after all I had a husband and two children to dress.
As my kids got older ("Mom, I am so not wearing that!"), I entered the world of home staging. I found it energizing and gratifying to transform a dated home into a brighter, attractive, and more current living space. My use of both modern and vintage furnishings set me apart and I was able to create for each home an organic design that was as functional as it was artful. Staging is by far the hardest job I've ever had. No matter how much warehouse space I rented, I always had stuff piled in the back of my car. No matter how much help I hired, I always lifted too much and worked too late. But the outcome was always so rewarding that I loved every minute of my 7 years of staging and every room of over 500 homes. Staging naturally transitioned into Interior Design as client after client asked me to help them infuse their new home with the same organic feel I had created in the home they had just departed.
My deep knowledge of design and color combined with a bold use of simple clean lines creates a substance and style that feels effortless, fresh, and current. My passion is design - period. Be it styling, interiors, fashion, or branding I have a knack and love for pulling a look together.
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