Do you gravitate toward a certain design aesthetic, color scheme, etc in your own home?
In an effort to satisfy both parties, there are a lot of neutrals. accented by big statement making pieces like the art in the dining room, or the antique chairs in the living room. I think in general I tend to gravitate towards a collected look, a mix of contemporary pieces with vintage finds, all while keeping comfort in the front of my mind. I like a little bit of rustic to be mixed in with a larger amount of glam. Everything is a balance. Feminine and masculine, colorful and neutral. I paid attention to that balance in every room.
How do you come up with design plans for your client? Do you have a particular design style you like to stick with?
I first listen to what they want and what they envision for their space. Pinterest has also become an incredible tool for me. I can look at client’s Pinterest boards and immediately get an idea of the spaces they gravitate towards, even if they aren’t able to articulate it themselves. I wouldn’t say that I have a particular design aesthetic across the board. My goal is for a prospective client to look through my portfolio and see the common denominator of a comfortable, personalized, welcoming home. A lot of my clients come to me because they want to step outside of their comfort zone, I love that!
“We love to entertain so it is perfect that our kitchen opens up right into the living room and dining room. Popping champagne and serving cupcakes for no particular reason is one of my favorite hobbies!” Marc Jacobs dress and Jimmy Choo shoes
“My little work nook is the perfect place to sit down and really get some work done. I have a big inspiration board, a comfy chair and piles upon piles of fabric samples. But I am not going to lie … my work spreads across the dining room table and kitchen island too”
What is the most sentimental piece in your home?
The antique chairs that I had recovered in a grey ikat, originally belonged to my grandparents. They recently redecorated their home and were going to throw away the chairs. Their shape was so beautiful, I had to snatch them up. They had been in their home since the ’60s and needed quite a bit of love and care, but after some rebuilding and reupholstery they look as good as new. They make a statement from the second you walk in the door and every time I see them I think of two very important people!
“I got the idea of repurposing a candle as a makeup brush cup from Pinterest and absolutely love it! And I constantly paint and repaint my nails so having a couple different colors reminds me of all the choices!”
“I love our bedroom. There is so much natural light and it is so perfectly cozy. Bedrooms are an easy place to decorate and redecorate. You buy a bed, bedding and nightstands you love but switch out the pillows and art really easily. I’ve done that quite a few times in here, but I really love where we are at now. I was even allowed to add in some pink”
What are your favorite places to shop for home décor?
Well I am very lucky to live in Chicago where Jayson Home & Garden is based. They are definitely towards the top of my list. Jayson carries an amazing variety of pieces and always has something new to lust over. There are also so many amazing vintage and antique stores all around the city. I love scouring them on a weekly basis for new finds. The one of a kind pieces are the ones that can really define an entire space. Every room should have something old in it.
What advice do you have for people who want to redesign a room in their home?
Start with a plan. I know sometimes it can be hard to know what you want from the beginning, but don’t start buying pieces until you have a vision. I made this mistake when I decorated my first apartment and within a year I ended up selling almost everything I had bought and starting fresh. Create mood boards, print pictures, look at Pinterest, hire a designer (wink wink), whatever you need to do to create a vision.That’s not to say it will all come together in a month, it usually won’t, but at least you have a goal. Invest in pieces you love slowly, rather than filling it with things you just like quickly.
How do you add sparkle to your life and to your home?
I’m a girl drawn to sparkle in every aspect of my life! In my home I add touches of gold whenever I can and having fresh flowers everywhere is also very important to me! But importantly I really love where I live (even if its covered in white dog fur 99% of the time).