I was raised in Northern Virginia until the summer of my second year in College when I came to California to visit. That was it. I found my sunshine,
and fell in love with southern California. I moved here soon after, I worked in real estate, which lead to property management. While working at Willmark Communities, the owner recognized something in me and had me assist with the design build on our new apartment communities. …….I had found my element!
My husband Don and I were enjoying our double income no kids lifestyle and then we had our first son. Needless to say it is a life changer and I needed to be working from home. So, I free-lanced my commercial design work and my residential career was born after my neighbor asked me to work on the design renovation for her house. And I have been interior designing ever since.
Living in Southern California with it’s active indoor/outdoor lifestyle and casual vibe, definitely affects the way I design, and my town; Vista, has the perfect climate for this. It’s seven miles from the ocean and the fog line is the next exit on the freeway — sorry Oceanside and Carlsbad. Vista has a lovely topography of rolling hills, trees, eclectic mix of home styles, great parks and verdant strawberry and avocado growing soil. So here I am a Vistonian designer for the last 20 years.
I design warm contemporary spaces with flair and a dash of funk. What I’m going for when I design a room is caputuring the essence of my client and creating an environment that has positive energy. The components have harmony and balance but you will more than likely encounter an object that’s random and unexpected, that will make you laugh. Life should be fun when it can, we can’t take ourselves too seriously all the time.
My oldest son left for College this year and my 2nd will be gone soon. I’ve decided to call this time in my life, Phase III. My whole life with my boys was so fulfilling and busy and now its quiet. I need to find my next new thing. For me it’s about renewal and freedom and being able to pick and choose. This blog is about my experiences and discoveries in my town, cities I travel to, vendors, stores and artisans. I’m embracing this next phase of myself!