After many years “making a living” in the technology industry, I found myself standing in awe on the steps of the Laurentian Library in Florence, Italy. It was designed by Michelangelo and was so beautiful it brought me to tears. It was at that moment I knew the time had come to “rip off the band aid” and start following my passion – it was time to make a career change and finally pursue my love of design, art, art history, and architecture.
The next 14 years brought me the great fortune to work for three of Portland’s top Design-Build (“DB”) firms as a Design Consultant and Senior Designer. Whereas many designers go directly into the design aspect in their careers, only focusing on just part of the equation, I worked to cultivate my experience with clients, contractors and suppliers, learning how to deliver a successful project from concept to completion, walking clients through each step of the design and build process to ensure I helped to fulfill their vision.
While I gained invaluable knowledge working with DB firms, they can be by nature a one size fits all approach to solving a client’s problem. I wanted offer clients more choice and individualized options. In January 2017, I decided it was time to start my own business so that whether my clients had the ability to self-contract, had already selected their own contractor, or would like me to help them choose one, I could offer the knowledge and experience to guide them through the entire process, as an advocate for them, while over-seeing the design intent of the project.
The fine-print: I studied fine art and art history in college and hold degrees in both Clinical Psychology and Interior Design. I am a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD) through the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and hold a certification in Aging in Place, also having served on the Board of the NKBA’s Columbia River Chapter as VP of Professional Development. When I am not busy combining my three passions – home renovation (yours or mine!), cooking, and entertaining – you will find me mentoring students and professionals, walking my dog Coal, and riding my new electric bike all over Portland with my husband Phil.