your aesthetic in one sentence.
The most important part of being a great designer is
being able to truly listen to your client so that you
can develop a plan of action based on their vision and
Tell us about one of your favorite projects — and why you enjoyed it.
My favorite projects are ones in which the customer mixes textures. I
love mixing multiple textures — metals, woods and weaves. I use
furniture or accents made with wicker in more modern styles, though.
I just did a sunroom, and we created a lounge with four slipper chairs,
a funky Company C area rug and a round wicker ottoman from Padma’s
Plantation. I topped it off with a giant metal tray I found at a flea
market and an oversized serving platter made by Jessie Voss that I
picked up at Frill in Cedarburg.
Aside from furniture
and décor, who or what influences or inspires you?
I am most inspired by nature. Hiking on Wisconsin trails, you see earth
tones from the textures of bark, grass and wood. I love my beach time as
well, especially the Caribbean — vibrant blues of water mixed with the
soft tans of sand and natural creams found in shells and stones, along
with natural textiles of cottons and linens.
Finish this sentence:
Every room needs _______ .
Pillows and recycled glass.
What is something
that would surprise people to learn about you?
I am a history junkie! I find the Milwaukee County Historical Society on
Old World Third Street amazing. You can always learn something new,
especially when it leads to old buildings that showcase architectural
styles that reflect Milwaukee’s industrial past.
What are your
favorite Milwaukee-area spots — to dine local, shop local or do local?
My favorite place to dine in Milwaukee is Cubanitas on Milwaukee Street.
I always have to have a mojito. My favorite shopping hands down is still
in the Historic Fifth Ward for vintage furniture and accents.
I love the antique
shops, including one off National called Farm Girl (Art & Antiques).