After receiving a design degree from San Jacinto College in 2009, I started my first business to follow my passion and begin a new adventure. It was an incredible experience, however, the timing was off as it was during the worst recession our country had ever known. As a result, I thought it a wise decision to "close my doors" and revisit that dream at a later time. But as they say, when one door closes... So, I decided to go to work for Ethan Allen to find out what it meant to be a designer. Boy, did I get a lesson in real-world custom design work. It was both exciting and intimidating but there is one thing I don't do, back down from challenges. So I honed my skills, kept an open mind and continued perfecting my craft. Then a wonderful opportunity to learn the art of visual merchandising presented itself, and it was the right time for another challenge. Talk about a crash course in space planning. I created and managed 65 different vignettes from rugs to chandeliers and everything in between. I wouldn't have traded my experience at Arhaus for anything but, it had become time to revisit that dream I had to leave behind 10 years ago. All I can tell you is what I have learned post-design school has been immeasurable. Having the courage to stretch and grow creatively is the most rewarding part of my story that I would like to share with you, now.
The way I approach every project is with an open mind and work organically. This allows for freedom of thought that can lead to innovation. That coupled with a little imagination, we will be fearless in our designs. I wouldn't throw out the entire rule book, but coloring outside the lines can be both a refreshing and rewarding experience.
At this stage in my life, I really feel the need to give back by volunteering for a nonprofit charity called D.I.V.A.S. (Designing Interiors Volunteer At Your Service). Try saying that 3 times fast in a row. We partner with The Houston Furniture Bank to furnish peoples homes who are in need of help. The golden rule of interior design is to improve the quality of peoples lives through design, and who is more deserving than those trying to better themselves. So what an awesome experience to help someone up and give them a little hope, very humbling. I have been so inspired by this volunteer work that I have created my business to make interior design more accessible, and more affordable to more people.
I believe there is a large segment of the population that have been left out by the design industry. You may not believe you can afford or deserve to work with a Designer. Some people may even be intimidated by interior design. So, if you are feeling a little overwhelmed by trying to do it on your own or tired of putting it off, let me show you how we can work together to give you the home you deserve, room by room with help from my rock star assistants.