Did you have a lightbulb moment when it came to choosing this career?
Yes! I remember it so clearly! I took an Introduction to Interior Design principles class as a fluke. It was honestly just because I needed more credits, so I ran down the class schedule for that semester and that was the class that sounded interesting and fit the hole in my schedule.
I found that it came easy to me, and I seemed to be doing better than the people who needed that class for their major. I remember working on a project in a common room as my friends left for a party. When they came back I was in the same spot, still working. They were shocked, and so was I because I had no idea how much time had passed. I remember calling Mom to say I think I needed to change my major.
It made sense. I don’t know how many kids spent time measuring their bedroom to draw it to scale on graph paper, or cutting out teeny scaled pieces of their furniture to play with room arrangements. Pretty sure that isn’t normal. (Ed. Note: She really did this as a kid. I can attest.)
Can you describe a typical day? Does one exist?
Not really. One day might be spent in our library, hunting for materials to help build a palette for the next project. Another might be coordinating deliveries of furniture samples to arrange for a client to test them out in a meeting. The next I could be at my desk with headphones in, drawing all day or prepping our next presentation.
What are the parts of your job that feel the least like work?
Ha, spending hours on Pinterest looking for inspiration! Add in a glass of wine and I’m pretty sure that’s a dream job for some people!
No work, all play: What would you do with a free day?
I have two girls, so free days don’t come around too often. But when one does come around, it’s just downtime for us. We cook, bake, watch a movie—really just chill and spend time together.
What’s next for you? What’s on the horizon that you’re excited about?
We just presented design concepts to one of our most exciting clients, and they loved it. I’m eager to get that moving forward and see it come together. They are very hands-on so I enjoy collaborating with them. I had a lot of firsts this year and I’m excited to see them get completed: my first restaurant is opening this spring, and I am in the middle of my first office renovation in over a decade.