How would you describe your professional style?
I lean towards a collection of styles; a touch of French here, mid century modern there, and a mix of neutrals (usually grays) paired with vibrant color.
How has your aesthetic evolved?
I’m past everything being so matchy-matchy. I don’t love it when things are too “done”.
What are your inspirations?
My environment- be it a new town, or my favorite restaurant, I love design mags, and I think a lot of what I love is rooted in my heritage and my past living in three time zones.
What is the essential element of any room?
Mirrors! They can transform spaces making them appear larger, brighter, or more interesting.
What is your design philosophy?
You can’t afford ugly
What are your three must-haves?
Vintage dresses, a sketchpad in my pocketbook, and my best girlfriends.
What is the last place you saw that made you think, I wish I’d done that?
Alpine house restaurant at the Canyons resort in Park City, Utah
What are you reading right now? What’s on your DVR?
The Tall Book by Arianne Cohen, Oprah
If you weren’t in interior design, what would you be doing?
I would be a floral designer. My favorite flowers of the week are pink peonies and the best florist in Raleigh is the English Garden.
Favorite paint color and why?
ICI’s Scroll Beige – the perfect griege (gray+ beige) goes with everything!
How did you get started in this field?
My father is a home builder in Illinois- I loved seeing how you can directly affect people’s lives by shaping their spaces.
Where’s your favorite place that you’ve traveled?
Vienna, Austria. The people there are blissfully happy.
In your eyes, what are the biggest trends for 2010?
Gold accessories and beachy colors like coral & lilac.
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