your aesthetic in one sentence.
personally prefer an eclectic aesthetic that emphasizes
comfort, coziness, simple lines and a touch of whimsy —
perhaps English cottage meets ’50s retro.
Tell us about one of
your favorite projects — and why you enjoyed it.
I recently had clients who wanted a comfortable but modern style to mesh
existing pieces and artwork. Their living and dining spaces were
reversed, leaving a small footprint for the seating, which they wanted
to maximize. It was a different style than I was used to working with,
and the space limitations were unusual, but my clients were open to my
suggestions and trusted my choices. Everything arrived as expected, and
the rooms are cohesive, functional and beautiful.
Aside from furniture
and décor, who or what influences or inspires you?
I am equally influenced by minimalism and my love of secondhand and
antique stores. I am in a constant battle with simplicity and
I enjoy exploring in many ways, and I am influenced by long walks around
Milwaukee and the lakefront, around Fowler Lake in Oconomowoc, and along
the Fox River, near (my) home in Waukesha. I like to find and explore
other areas new to me and the shopping and eating venues there.
I moved frequently growing up, and I lived in the Middle East for a
short while. I know that the exposure to many different places, climates
and people has greatly influenced me.
Finish this sentence:
Every room needs _____ .
A comfortable place to sit.
What is something
that would surprise people to learn about you?
People might be
surprised to know that I graduated — years ago — with a degree in
computer information systems from the University of North Texas.
What are your
favorite Milwaukee-area spots — to dine local, shop local or do local?
Whenever I am going to downtown Milwaukee, I almost always work North
Lincoln Memorial Drive into my route, even if it is out of the way. Just
looking out at the lake has an effect on me. It is calming and exciting
at the same time, making me breathe deeper. And I love seeing people out
and about, enjoying the lakefront in almost any weather. I recently
discovered a great antique store, Riverview Antique Market, and just a
short walk away is Stack’d Burger Bar and Stone Creek Coffee, one of my