9 + REASONS WHY MY CLIENTS HIRE ME


I know interior design. I am formally educated in the disciplines of interior design and have invested over 20 years practicing the art & science. Which simply means I understand where the edges come from and why they are there which allows me to work with any style and bring a fresh perspective to each project. I believe great interior design is about telling personalized stories by sculpting space using color and design details. So, as your interior designer, we will craft your story from your authenticity and how you want to use your space as well as the important people who will be sharing it.


The days of being a diva designer is over! So, instead of your project being about me and my design portfolio, it's above elevating you to design hero. My talent includes listening, translating and collaborating which allows me to decipher what you are saying as well as what you are not saying because even though you know what you want it is still extremely difficult communicating both the vision and the details accurately to those who will help you. This means I act more like a spatial problem solver and 'insurance agent' by creating design plans that communicate architectural harmony and balance without all the drama and surprises. I once had an Architect pay me to teach him how I do it, so I can help you figure out what's not working as well as help you create a unique space that speaks to your style & reflects your authenticity.


But most importantly, I'm your partner & advocate, so I'll work with you where you are and as much or as little as you need me to make sure you get the most value out of this investment & ministry called home.


My goal is to treat all individuals with dignity and respect and my referring trades, suppliers & builders are partners in your success. I rely on my guiding principles to make sure that my clients are the focus of everything I do and to achieve sufficient profit to finance my company's growth and mission to make the world more beautiful in such a time as this. My integrity is never compromised and my customer services awards prove it.


Interior design is the power of living in functional art - your space shaped using design elements and design principles in a way that shapes you. This means knowing what to create before you create is the most essential part of creating. This takes time, thought, considerations, planning and trial and error which is why in the past, only the elite could afford the benefits of personalized professional interior design services. However, I believe that beautifully designed unique environments based on purpose & passion that supports & nurtures others should be accessible to all. In fact, participating in the creative process as an act of worship is not only healing but also produces the most extraordinary results. That’s why, over the past several years, I’ve focused on developing simple and repeatable processes so I can consistently deliver personalized results in a seamless, hassle-free, smarter way. As your designer and advocate, I'm part engineer, part artist and part communicator all aimed at helping you think, prepare and perfect your unique vision of home so you can control your project instead of your project controlling you. In both the renovation and redesign business, this removes the guesswork and buyer's remorse and provides a road map to your happy home. Do you really want to trust the biggest investment in your life to vague style assumptions, wishful thinking, guesswork and we'll figure it out as we go as your design strategy?


I recently had a prospect call me in a panic. She had buyer's remorse and was frustrated and disappointed with her brand new $50,000 kitchen remodel because the result was not what she hoped for or expected. And she didn't understand where the disconnect was because she worked with someone in the 'design industry'. Making assumptions that everyone in the 'design industry' is an expert at Interior design is a costly mistake. Interior design is not 'one size fits all' - it is personalized spatial problem solving based on a visual language that affects us on a deep and personal level. How would you feel if you spent thousands of dollars on something that didn't work or meet your expectations?


Home is important and every single person on this planet desires a beautiful home that supports their needs for comfort, for security, for tranquility, and for beauty. A home is where we live and love and it is our ultimate destination (John 14:3). It's where we gain our sense of peace, calm and balance that our inner souls, our lives, and our children's lives, need and depend on not only to function but to shape us.


That's why my work is important and communication is key because getting from point A to point B can be filled with costly surprises, unhappy mistakes & misunderstandings. Often it is hard to find the right words to accurately describe our wants and needs or tell our story for something as deeply personal as home. Style theme assumptions are predictable but will not help you articulate the specifics of your unique authenticity, personal values or brand of beauty and inspiration photos are not detailed enough to help you specify the best design decisions for something as deeply personal as home. That's why selecting the best interior designer is important to your project's success. Not all interior designer's understand the importance of asking the right questions, listening to learn and empowering client participation.


Here are 9 other reasons why my client’s hire me:


1. I Save My Clients Money

I recently walked into Pier 1 (before they went out of business where I live) and greeted the store manager. I asked him how things were going and he frowned. He told me that his ideal customer is someone who comes in and buys on impulse BUT doesn't return it, and repeat the cycle over and over again. Shopping like this is expensive for both the client and the store. Maybe that's why they went out of business. I know this may seem counter-intuitive but we live in an upside down kind of world and we believe shopping for beautiful items that inspire us is all it takes to create a home that will support us. How is that working for you? Let's see a show of hands for those who have impulsively bought paint samples or perhaps a rug only to find out it didn't look good in the room. The paint color looked great in the store but sucked the life out of your living room. Or the "blue" in the rug doesn’t coordinate with the blue in your sofa or accessories so instead of a pulled together room, it looks more like Frankenstein’s bride (hope I made you laugh). Don’t feel bad – we've all been there and mistakes happen but they can also be costly – and I readily advise and help you make choices that are right for your project aims and authenticity. Just think about it …any project you’re considering around the home or business requires hundreds of design decisions to be made – Decisions that take expertise and knowledge - decisions that affect each decision going forward. I take the time to listen and discuss your ideas, lifestyle and budget in order to help you set boundaries and make well thought out decisions. This research, consideration & thinking phase of design, or 'Design Exploration" is one of my specialties and will save you money on the back-end.


2. I save my Client’s heartache

I have the ability to visualize and conceptualize how a space will look with selected finishes, materials, textures, patterns, shapes and colors. That takes focus, work and expertise. In addition I solve spatial issues relating to lifestyle and architectural harmony by reviewing and visualizing existing space or from reviewing plan drawings. This is hard to explain and imagine but it’s a craft (or maybe a gift) that I have honed, trained and disciplined and I love to use it to help others problem solve spatial or interior design issues.



I also discover what’s really important to you and then establish design & beauty boundaries so you won’t fall in love with things that won’t visually work within your space, won’t be functional or won’t comply with your project aims. Just stop and consider that for a moment. Who do you know that does that? Would that be valuable to you? Combining form with function is a top priority for me to ensure you receive the best outcome. In addition, I can assist you in finding a team of reliable and excellent architects, project managers, general contractors, builder and suppliers at your disposal, to save you the headaches & war stories associated with choosing the wrong trades and suppliers.



3. I save my Client’s Time

You've heard the saying "time is money". I save my clients the frustrating & time consuming task of sourcing products and furnishings and creating a scheme or design map to pull a space together. I can also measure your space, create a personalized color scheme, research the perfect fabric, furnishings and accessories and coordinate the delivery and installation. Unless you have the passion & time for this work, you might not enjoy it. There are a lot of moving parts that could stall out the process if you don’t have the patience or the desire to plan out the elements accordingly



4. I create more than just the WOW Factor

Not everyone wants their home to be featured on HGTV or in Architectural Digest. In fact, most of my clients prefer confidentiality from social pressure and opinions and prefer to design their environments based on what I call a ‘sent mindset’ or with the big picture perspective of comfort, simplicity and grace instead. This means they are more interested in creating environments where everyone feels cared for, comfortable, cocooned and connected and is what differentiates me from other interior designers. My whole design ethos is based on creating a home as the ultimate creative expression of grace and hospitality and is based on both Biblical & Beauty principles. There is no crime against this type of design.



5. I provide short term help called Professional Design Assessments or Design Work Meetings

I prefer to 'stay in my lane' and I DO NOT need to control your project or your contractor. After caring for my mother who fought hard against Alzheimer's disease, I have a different perspective on well - everything. I prefer doing what I'm good at - providing collaborative, short term "Designer for a Day" Services with specific deliverables as part of your design team so that everyone can enjoy & participate in the creative process behind their own project. Why? Because it's a transformative!


I believe that a rising tide raises all ships. And by offering my trained eye and years of trial and error design experience to notice things others miss, is another way I differentiate myself, share my gifts and change the world. After a single design work meeting for design guidance and direction, many people are able to move forward and finish their project on their own with more clarity and creative confidence.



6. I increase the value of your home

Whether you are planning on dwelling or selling, I help my clients increase the value of their home by helping you create a space that will appeal to more buyers and put your home ahead of the competition or by redesigning your space using mostly what you already own to support you and your family in such a time as this.


I can do this with a virtual walk and talk of your space. After I get my eyes on your space and ask you the right questions, I'm able to create a plan to help you bring better balance and flow in your space using mostly what you already own.



7. I create the Perfect Mix & Blend of Form & Function, Old & New, His & Hers

Pulling together both form and function doesn’t happen by accident or by using, “we’ll figure it out as we go”. Yes, I have a natural gift for design and I bet you do too but do you really want to see your sofa or pillows in your neighbor's house? pulling together a space takes more than natural gifting and it doesn't happen by accident. It takes work, time and practice to create a sense of fluidity and harmony within a space that matches your unique authenticity.


Design is a constant balancing act between what looks great and the intended purpose of the space; this is where that trained set of eyes can be especially useful to help you identify the best options for your space.



8. I have unlimited Resources for Unique items you won't see anywhere else!

I travel every year to both kitchen and bath as well as furnishings and accessory shows to acquire new knowledge, inspiration and resources! Having access to hundreds of unique vendors that span a wide range of price points gives me the ability of creating a more custom look within any budget. Simply put, this huge selection of products you won’t see anywhere else gives my clients the greatest freedom and richest resources to tell their stories.



9. I’ll help you no matter where you live!

As you can see, there are many benefits to working with me. I am a visual communicator & planner, spatial problem solver, design director, art teacher and curator of space. I help my clients create the space of their dreams as a backdrop to live their best life and thrive at home -- which is a unique perspective on designing home and means I’ll make recommendations based on your vision, guard you against one-off trends, teach you about design and help you focus on your own timeless style that embodies your unique authenticity, character, and personal brand of beauty no matter where you live and no matter what your budget or size of project.


And because I believe that inspiration and beauty is God's gift to all of us to unite, inspire and heal, I’m on a mission to make the world more beautiful, and I do that by working safely with others no matter where they live virtually via zoom, facetime and email from the comfort & convenience of your own home on your own timeline & within your own budget. If you are computer savvy or are willing to learn, you can jump on a video call with me and take me through your space. Then I can do all the hard work for you, such as the researching, the planning, the thinking, the dot connecting, the interpreting, the translating, and the drawings of the best design idea that beautifully reflects you and your best life lived.


All you need to do is sit back, be safe and enjoy the process by logging into our private design studio to see where we’re at and ask me questions. Whether you’re redesigning your whole home or needing a bedroom facelift, I have you covered.


Are you ready to be the design star behind your project & make smart design decisions with confidence & clarity?


I know from experience that trying to figure out personal style, what's important, what goes and what stays can be overwhelming. In addition, scabbing together design tips & advice leads to regret, misunderstandings, indecision and settling for what's put in front of you. And relying on 'free' design research in exchange for a high pressured sales meeting can be the most costly. Whether you're planning on a first home or a forever home, your hard earned money deserves better.

+Let's say NO to 'snake oil' design information & advice that only leads to project stalls and going over budget.


+Let's say NO to the "I'll know it when I see it" approach to interior design that only leads to buyer's regret and settling for what's put in front of you


+Let's say NO to trying to figure it out alone.


NOT all interior designers are the same!


In the past, only the elite could afford the benefits of a personalized home BUT, I believe everyone deserves the benefits of an intentionally planned home and I'm here to take the intimidation out of the equation by partnering with you every step of the way.


Are you ready to get your design questions answered by a professional, formally educated, full -time interior designer without financial bias and without having to use we'll figure it out as we go as your design strategy? Then your next step is to schedule a complimentary 15 minute design chat I’ll get up to speed with where you are now, where you are going and what’s holding you back so that I can provide you with resources that will help you succeed and own your outcome!




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