Ever since I was old enough to identify the color of the wallpaper in my room, I've been a designer. When other kids were getting Transformers and My Little Pony for Christmas, I was jumping for joy when Santa brought the new curtains and coordinating bedspread I had asked for. I also loved art and fashion. I never understood the embarrassment other kids seemed to feel about home-made clothes. When my mom took me to the fabric store to choose the patterns and fabrics that were to be that year's school outfits, I felt like a little fashion designer.
It was no surprise to anyone, then, when I chose interior design as my major in college. Nor has it been shocking to anyone that I've spent my entire adult life in the fashion retail and interior design industries. My retail career has run the gamut from running triage for ailing jewelry and accessory stores to designing the corporate floor-set that was the template for all 400+ locations of a major world-wide fashion retailer.
Retail was fun for me, but eventually I wanted to pursue interior design exclusively. To that end, I helped create the design division of cityhomeCOLLECTIVE, a boutique real estate and design firm based in Salt Lake City. There I built a residential and commercial design and staging firm from the ground up, building on the impressive real estate brokerage my partner Cody Derrick had already created.
I've designed homes, restaurants, offices, hair salons... anything and everything that I could get my hands on. My clients ranged from eccentric millionaires to brilliant artists on a budget, and I've loved every minute of it. The greatest joy for me is taking a client who struggles to articulate what they like, guiding them through a process of discovery, and by the end of the project hearing them say “I don't know how you did it, but this is exactly what I wanted.”
Design is not just about making the world a prettier place, or maximizing the usefulness of a room. For me, design is about creating spaces that elevate and inspire, and I love it!