I’ve had a passion for interior design for as long as I can remember. From rearranging my childhood room with the help of my parents and a full-blown addiction to HGTV through out high school and college, to formalizing my interior design education and working as an in-house designer at a high end furniture showroom these past few years. After welcoming my first little baby, Peyton Rose, into the world, I decided to dive into what I love! And I hope you love it, too.
When I’m not creating a floor plan or searching for the perfect vase for an entryway table, I’m hanging out with my family, binge-watching Netflix, or reading a good book.
What is your must-have at a get-together or gathering?
A cheese platter! It’s such an easy appetizer to have, pairs well with other food and drinks, and who doesn’t love cheese?! (My friends are all laughing at this because they know how much I love cheese!)
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
There are two pieces of advice I’ve received that stick out to me: 1. “To thine own self be true.” – this advice was given to me by my Dad when I was younger and is something I try to follow on a daily basis and 2. “No one knows what doesn’t get done.” – my previous boss told me this when I was stressing over my never-ending wedding planning to-do list. If you’re wearing a white dress, you feed your guests, and give them something to eat, will they really notice that there’s not a votive candle on every table?!
When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
I usually try to treat myself to something small…maybe an iced latte or a dessert of some sort. If that doesn’t work, then I’ll take a long bath or shower and it usually helps me clear my mind and press the reset button.
I’m city-girl at heart. Always have been. I grew up in Chicago and loved every minute. The architecture, the museums, the culture….I could go on and on. What intrigues me about cities like Chicago is its history and how a city’s story can be told through architecture and design. So, for me, what has me swooning are the old brownstones in the Gold Coast, the brick bungalows of the northwest & south sides and the 2 & 3 flats that have shaped the residential landscape of Chicago.
Given my love of city life, it may sound strange to hear that after high school I headed off to a small liberal arts college near Iowa (what?!?) studying pre-law (again, what?!?). It didn’t take long for me to realize that just wasn’t my dream. So, after my freshman year, I headed back home and received my BA from a design school in Chicago.
Fast forward 25 years and you may be surprised to hear that I am fully engrossed in life in the suburbs of Chicago with a husband, two teenage kiddos, various pets, a fenced yard, and a garage. (for the third time…what??!) While I love this crazy life of ours, I still pull from my experiences of urban living and education all the time. And, I head back to the city often to soak it all up!
My own personal style walks a fine line between some of the classics….I like to say it’s where french provincial, classic farmhouse & Ralph Lauren (….lots and lots of Ralph Lauren!) meet. And, while for me this has been the same mix ever since I can remember, it evolves with a modernity as I get older.
A few of my design loves:
- Color of choice? Navy. Always Navy. Sofa? Navy. Artwork? Navy. Accessories? Navy. Cashmere Sweater? Navy. And, the darker the better. Think INK.
- I’ve never met a houndstooth I didn’t like.
- A beautiful fabric can bring the whole story together.
- Tweed? Well, of course!
- Mixing patterns can be tricky but it’s a must.
- Always add more pillows.
- Don’t worry about trends….if you love it, that’s all that matters.
- Your home should tell your story.