I work much differently than the typical Interior Designer, and I'm not for everyone. In my creative work, the entire process can be as life-changing as the product itself, so it needs to be fully embraced and taken on by those who genuinely appreciate the art of interior space-making. And I don't perform this for money. I do it for the love and passion for creating beautiful experiences that people can enjoy over and over again. Such a powerful expression of meaningful living requires a commitment of time, attention, and communication that not everyone is looking for in their upcoming project. However, unlike many other interior designers, my work possesses a depth of meaning and thoughtfulness that is more like living in a master's fine art painting or on a beautifully lit theater stage set than just a room that one passes through unnoticed.
At the start of work, I go deep into my client's lives; what makes their heart beat faster, what calms them down and what inspires them to grow and thrive. I use a questionnaire that gets us started-which can assist me to get to know people faster-but it takes time and openness to find the heart and soul of people's dream environments. Along with this, the space to be worked in has to be considered carefully too. I will require hours of time viewing the changing of light and the flow of life around a building and it's interior space before I can begin to put planning ideas to paper.
Once the ideas are set, the execution process begins. However, throughout the installation process, there are often changes along the way that allows the project to morph into something greater than its initial vision. And I don’t do it alone. I consistently work with top craftspeople in their field, and their input will produce additional unexpected surprises of genius to look forward to. All this creative change-making is a style of designing that creates powerfully meaningful environments that touches the hearts and minds of people who will have the opportunity to experience them.
Some basic elements of my working style:
Whole house to single room or vignette projects; including design, planning, layout, and installation coordination.
If you have or want a room designed around a piece of art you have or you'd like me to find one to do this with, I will happily do so. If you have favorite pieces of furniture that you want to be included in a project, I can do this as well; If you want to start from scratch and have me fill an empty space, I am more than happy to do this type of project. If you have a finished home or space and just need sprucing up to create more charm and meaning for you, I will do this with pleasure.
Lighting brings space to life. For me, it takes environments from a two-dimensional experience to a three-dimensional one. Just imagine a theater stage set under house lights without its stage lighting: It's bleak and gray and comes alive only when the stage lights are brought up to enhance its beauty. Whether it's designing with natural lighting coming in through a window or using lighting fixtures, lighting gives life to space.
Architectural detailing is one of the most important aspects of creating living spaces that inspire. The treatments and materials used can define a geographical place and time period, and bring meaning to place. It's not just the colors, it's the shape, texture, style, and even smells that can impact the quality of the human experience in a room and each of these elements should impact the others in thoughtful ways to create a successful finished experience.
In today's sped-up world of rapid global communication and technology, anyone can get what they want, and have access to exactly the right piece of furniture for every space planning project. There is no limit to the combinations of colors, styles, periods and materials available to the public. Weeding through this new complex paradigm of accessibility of resources is more of what I bring to the project table.
With years of experience designing and painting for the theater, there isn't a style of faux marbling, painted wood texture, stone carving, curtain folds or cityscapes I haven't done first hand. Today, there are many more readymade graphics choices in wallpapering styles available that can reduce the time and labor in creating any wall image desired but if hand-painted textures, aging, or custom murals are what you want, I have the knowledge and resources to make them happen.