My design journey began long before I began my own design business.
When I was 17, my 4-H design project was selected for State Fair and while I had discovered my passion it wasn't without a few 'bumps in the road.'
During my first year in college as a design student my portfolio was sabotaged and I failed my design classes (someone had slipped a large piece of paper into my portfolio telling the Professor where to go and what to do after he got there). Confused with my grades I met with my Professor and discovered what happened. He revised my grades to 'C's explaining that 'great designers pay attention to the details'. Of course there is truth in that statement but what my humiliated, 19 year old, super sensitive, wild imagination heard was, "you're bad with details therefore, you don't have what it takes to be a great designer." (ten years of learning how to juggle all those 4-H details & directions was squished in ten minutes). So naturally, I changed my major to Marketing instead (insert chuckle emoji here).
After college I enjoyed a successful career in broadcast advertising that involved accessing the needs and goals of my clients and then providing them with a plan to achieve it and basically, I've been doing it ever since. In 1987, before staging was even a thing, I staged and flipped my first home and created a bidding war during the open house. During the years that followed, I continued doing design projects as a hobby,for friends and family. In 1997 my husband and I and our four children lived in a tiny, old farmhouse built in 1900 which hadn't seen an improvement since the 1960's. While we painfully (and on a daily basis) realized our home was not creating family harmony we were 'stuck' as to how to fix it. Being the creative type I was confident I could pull it together but I was wrong. We did our own research and interviewed many contractors, trades and retail merchants and listened to free 'design advice' which didn't align with our design style, values or family needs. We also felt pressured by this 'free' design advice to build a project we couldn't afford (now don't get me wrong, I work with, respect and am thankful for the builders, trades and engineers that are gifted in their area of expertise but they are not trained as interior designers or decorators. Interior Design is hard - and the more I know, the more I realize that I still don't know it all! There are so many variables, details and options that all effect each other, which means so many more chances to make mistakes. When I get home, I want to smile and feel good - not be held hostage by an ugly, expensive design mistake that can't be returned to the store--don't you?
So I returned to college to finish that design degree. And guess what? In 2002, I graduated Magna Cum Laude and my design portfolio was featured on the College website! I learned how both form and function work together to change a house into a home and found truth in Proverbs 24:3 which states, "By wisdom a house is built and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures." You see, great design does involve (thousands of) details but it also relies on a process and a discipline and am empathy and an art that combines it all into a beautiful, meaningful & functional composition. And here's another amazing thing I also discovered - as our home changed, by the grace of God, so did we.
That is why I am passionate about what I do! My work breathes new life into my client's homes and their lives! And at this point in my journey, I'm also seeing how those changed lives, change others (to God be the glory).