« I think more clearly when my personal space is neutral – just soft whites and hits of black, and a little “pop” of mossy greens. I like to create a backdrop for the found objects and art that I love to feature, so that they stand out against the calm. »
All of the senses have to be addressed for a space to really come to life, and where materials, texture, sheen, light and shadow are subtly intertwined. Successful design includes awareness of how a space will sound and feel, mixing hard surfaces with soft furnishings to absorb noise. We have to consider the source of products to create a healthy environment. We want to sit on comfortable furniture, sleep on pure or luxury linens, use art and sculptures to visually stimulate, and even include personal scents and favorite foods as part of an overall life experience. Personally, I most enjoy creating spaces where families live, with collected references to past and sentiment, where things are not too precious, and dogs, cats and kids are free to live and laugh.
Over the last few years, food intolerances have been on the rise, and like many, I have also had to learn to embrace these sensitivities to protect my immune system, with pure and natural foods. Gluten, soy and corn-free, and limited dairy and sugar means… I can still have my espresso. I’ve recently added wonderful holistic care to address my dog’s health, and I am now careful to clean with good old fashioned vinegar and water.
I’ve found clients are becoming so educated that their preferences for domestic product, fair trade, and quality pieces are in sync with mine. We like to go with natural materials including wool and silk and support local artisans and suppliers.