I am proud to be awarded the March Designer of Distinction for Miromar Design Center. The following excerpts are from the article they wrote.
I am a Team Player. The best projects are always ones where great minds collaborate without egos getting in the way. Building the perfect A team takes years to acquire, but once you find it, future projects are always successful and rewarding.
I specialize in creating the perfect lifestyle for my client. It’s all about them. I’m very intuitive, and I aim to please by providing a service that caters to their needs. I enjoy the “boutique style” philosophy that allows me to give them the undivided attention they deserve.
I’m project motivated. I base my fee on the scope of work involved. Every project is different and I structure the terms accordingly. I prefer to get involved from the very beginning. For new construction and remodeling it’s based per square foot. I don’t do hourly consulting; I prefer to see the project through completion.
I am currently working on a very exciting project on John’s Island. It’s going to be the perfect combination of French influences, Swedish antiques integrated with new furnishings. My client has beautiful taste and we have worked together on every detail. We’re having so much fun. The color schemes are cheerful and the house is in the most perfect coastal setting. I can’t wait for it to be finished!
I always start with visuals and descriptions. Qualifying the client and defining their lifestyle is key. I ask my clients to give me as much input as possible. Getting to know them is so important. How they live, what their interests are, how they want their rooms to feeI are all critical in the learning curve. Besides the general descriptions I have them go through a stack of magazines, tagging anything they like or creating a pinboard from Pinterest – any visual they can use to express their likes. I really enjoy this show-and-tell exchange. It is one of my favorite parts of a project. My job ultimately is reinterpreting all this information, interjecting my opinion, resources, creativity, and experience. Experience shouldn’t be taken lightly. Its one of the best assets I can offer. I’ve learned that the most successful projects result from building the relationship with the client, by getting to know them really well, and interpreting their lifestyle needs. Once I find that secret ingredient it makes the process of a project fun and rewarding. A lot can be said for repeat business. I rarely do just one project with a client.
I think it has evolved over time. I learn something new about myself with every project and each new client. As a result my style has become an acquisition of all of these experiences and is ever changing. There’s a lot of psychology involved when determining the perfect combination of what makes people feel good about their surroundings, and ultimately heightens my own awareness.
My favorite project was one I recently completed. It was a two-story penthouse overlooking the Gulf. The clients were a dream to work with and I was captivated by their view. I chose colors around it, which accentuated it even more. We had continual challenges during this condo remodel, both structurally and spatially. Throughout the project we found we had to make it up as we went along. It took a team effort on the part of, my client, the architect, the builder and myself. All the preplanning we did on paper did not prepare us for some of the surprises we encountered. I loved the challenges – it was exciting and made the final result all the more rewarding.
My trip to Paris has continued to be a source of inspiration for me. When I am unable to travel to new places, I look to books, magazines and Pinterest for inspiration. My environment and surroundings are also inspiration for design work. I love the beach, sand and sky. When I take on project I keep the surrounding views in mind. I try to connect the inside with the outside. Too much visual stimulation in a room can detract for the vistas beyond.
I knew at a very young age that interior design was my calling. By the time I was eight I was rearranging my room constantly. I love change, and If I’ve learned anything over the years, it is that the field is constantly changing. You have to continually adapt and reinvent!
Everything affects this business. The internet has it made it easier to communicate, explore, and find resources. However, it makes being unique more challenging. Social media makes advertising a breeze, and it’s a quick way to express yourself. Pinterest and Houzz are valuable tools for inspiration, and they bring clients to the door. Smartphones have been a huge factor in efficiency and communication. Being able to take a picture of a new find we can’t live without, instantly forwarding it, and then getting an approval on the spot is so exciting! I can’t imagine life without it now.