Q. Have you always had the design bug?
A. When I graduated high school at 18 I wanted to attend design school but like so many of us at that time I got married instead and raised a family. When the children had grown a little I managed a Medical Optometry practice. Over the years I was responsible for remodeling the practice three times. I also enjoyed the selection of frame colors and shapes which gave me a creative opportunity on a much smaller scale!
Q. Tell me what clients can expect from you.
A. Honesty. I will collaborate with them so the dream design for their home becomes a reality. I will not let a client make a bad choice. Giving them honest guidance, I bring them a design that they would not have thought about themselves. If anything, I think functionality first, then the design. A home should look attractive but my clients LIVE in their homes and I want them to come in and feel right at home! For example, performance fabrics give us so much more functionality nowadays — not only do they look good and feel nice, but who doesn’t want a fabric that if you spill red wine, you can just blot it and it’s gone!
Q. Tell me about the process you use with your clients.
A. We discuss their vision, color schemes, design styles and always address their budget. I explain that I cannot start the design process without asking “where are you in establishing your budget range for this project?” then if they answer “I don’t know” I reassure them that they did the right thing in calling me to help with the budget process. They are in control of their finances and we work together to create a starting point.