Here's the deal. I don't think I'm like most other interior designers.
While I was going through interior design school, I realized most interior designers dream of joining this career field from practically day one. My fellow classmates described childhoods where they spent hours designing doll houses, moving furniture in their rooms, and painting their walls every chance they got.
Unless I am remembering my childhood differently (mom - feel free to weigh in here) that just wasn't me as a kid! And my dad had a strict no painting the walls policy so I know I never had a chance to paint my bedroom different colors.
I'm not saying that I wasn't a creative or crafty kid, but my time was spent imagining new worlds with dolls, tying bracelets, and completing various art projects.
So how the heck did I end up in interior design?
My passion for creating spaces that inspire began when I went off to college. I chose a school a few states away so for my first few years I had to fly back and forth to school each semester. This meant everything had to fit in 2 suitcases. Most of the room was taken up by clothes, books, and essentials. There wasn't a ton of space for decor, wall art, or things to make my space reflect who I was.
If you look at pictures of my old dorm room (above), you will see that I decorated my walls in photos of friends back home and prints from the building's computer lab. These items were cost effective (I was ballin' on an EXTREMELY low budget!) and easy to fold up and carry in luggage. My room contained the essentials (and any items that were gifted to me from other students when they decided to update their decor).
Why am I telling you all of this?
While I hated my room at the time, it set the stage for what I do now. My poorly decorated college dorm room made me realize the impact our spaces have on our mental health, confidence, and sense of belonging.
In college I avoided my room like the plague! I would find excuses to study elsewhere, would work extra shifts, and would hang out in common areas. My room made me feel like I didn't belong. A space that should have been safe and comforting became a space I dreaded.
As a designer, it is of the utmost importance for me to make sure that you never feel this way in your space. Your home or business should make you feel confident, inspired, and capable of achieving your dreams.
When I step foot into a client's space I ask a very specific set of questions.
What is your goal for this room?
How do you want to feel when you are in this space?
What is something that drives you crazy about how it currently functions?
I know that our spaces have the ability to change the way we interact with the world.
I want your space to function efficiently so you have more time to spend on things that bring you enjoyment. If you want more time to play with your kids after work, then let's create systems that allow you to easily store your items from the workday so you can quickly transition into your evening. If you need your bathroom to be a sanctuary, then you best believe we are bringing in all the spa vibes! If you are an artist who needs a space to create, then we will create a space that is ready to capture your attention every time you walk through the door.
My goal as an interior designer is to design beautiful spaces that inspire you to be the very best version of yourself.
And in case you were wondering, yes my home now is a much better reflection of me...
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