your aesthetic in one sentence.
It is a mix of different eras and styles, with lots of textures and a
touch of quirkiness — think midcentury meets rustic modern, and Andy
Warhol is invited to play with them.
Tell us about one of
your favorite projects — and why you enjoyed it.
I met a couple purchasing their dream home. They wanted to start fresh
and give their home a look different from their previous home. We worked
on developing their style as we went from room to room, and designing
their children’s rooms was a really fun part of the project. After we
finished, I started work on their vacation home, a log cabin in
Michigan. Now they’re empty nesters, and I am helping them renovate
their downtown condo, which is about as different from a log cabin as
you can get.
Although this is not one project but many projects for one client, (our
work together) has meant the world to me. To add icing on the cake, we
have developed a friendship that I truly cherish.
Aside from furniture
and décor, who or what influences or inspires you?
I am inspired by art and can’t get enough of local art shows. I love
walking around shows and absorbing the different colors, textures,
styles and mediums. An afternoon at an art show stays with me long after
the show has ended. I also love architecture. Living on the East Side
for the last 14 years, I enjoy taking walks through the neighborhood and
marveling at the unique styles of homes. Each one has its own story, and
I find that fascinating.
Finish this sentence:
Every room needs _____ .
To feel like home — whether welcoming, restful, playful — whatever
“home” means to the inhabitants.
What is something
that would surprise people to learn about you?
I have seven children and 10 grandchildren. There is always something
going on, always a little chaos, which (means) that I can roll with the
punches when something unexpected comes up on a project. Not too much
What are your
favorite Milwaukee area spots — to dine, shop or do local?
For clothes and accessories, Lela and Stephanie Horne in the (Historic)
Third Ward and a new fave is Faye’s in Mequon and Brookfield. My husband
and I enjoy going to Pizza Man on Downer Avenue for a glass of wine and
the best chicken parmigiana in town. For entertainment, free concerts
(like) Jazz in the Park and Chill on the Hill are a great way to spend
an evening. I love the art museum and enjoy taking my grandchildren to
Lake Park so they can burn off energy.