A series of questions that reveal truths about design ... and the designer.
A fresh interpretation of European style, with a dash of Southern hospitality.
The resident. It's called 'residence design' because someone resides there. I design homes that immediately reflect the people who live there. What colors inspire them? What style delights them? What truly matters to them?
Create gracious spaces that work for the people who live there. Be vigilant about flow, creative with textiles, and abundant with style. (Just 135 characters!)
There's actually a lengthy answer to that one. My father was in the military, so there was a great deal of moving in my childhood. Canada, Southern Florida, South Korea, Southern California, and finally Mississippi. I was in high school and college in Mississippi, so I guess that's where I 'grew up,' but I love that I was able to see so much of the world and learn to enjoy traveling at such a young age.
After studying business and design, I had the great pleasure of working with Ralph Lauren in the "Creative Services" department in San Francisco for 13 years. Then, to further stretch myself creatively, I decided to leave Polo in 2001 and to open my own design studio. Since then, I've had the great honor of working with amazing clients on homes across the U.S.
Grand opera? Wagner's "Taunnhauser". Small opera? Gounod's "Romeo and Juliet."
For myself, I cannot stress enough the importance of travel. The simple act of watching others 'live' their day-to-day lives is inspiring.
London. I'm always so happy when I'm shopping in London. There is just such amazing style. And the British seem to have such a graceful combination of wonderful antiques and sharp modern pieces of furniture.
I've recently taken up running again - and spending most weekends trail running in the Marin Headlands. And the guilty pleasure of watching sci-fi series on BBC.
Wow. Hmmmm - let me think. I actually love them for differing reasons, and host both in my flat. I love those long, late evenings with just a few friends gathered around the table - deep in discussion or in fits of laughter. But, I also love those great nights with piles of people at the house - watching friends of mine become friends themselves - it can be magical.
Well, since I've already admitted to watching Sci-Fi television, my other secret love is polishing silver.