your aesthetic in one sentence.
My design aesthetic is presenting simple, clean-line
pieces and finishes across modern, traditional,
transitional and rustic categories.
Tell us about one of
your favorite projects — and why you enjoyed it.
One of my favorite projects was helping a young, active family renovate
and furnish their lake cottage on Elkhart Lake. An A-frame style
featuring rustic, natural cedar walls, beams and ceilings was
monochromatically too much and uninteresting.
We painted the cedar walls and beams light cream and left the ceilings
naturally rustic, resulting in the perfect architectural accent
overhead. Wooden railings inside and out were replaced with glass for
unlimited lake views. I provided all the finishing touches, including
furnishings, artwork, lighting, window treatments and accessories. I
enjoyed this project so much because, of course, the design was
complete, colorful and exciting. The homeowners are thrilled with the
But most of all, the homeowners and I have become friends, and talk
endlessly about the kids and our lives
Aside from furniture
and décor, who or what influences or inspires you?
Anybody who is intelligent and kind inspires me. Kindness takes a big
effort and is a sign of great character.
Finish this sentence:
Every room needs _____ .
A little something from the past. What I mean by that is something as
simple as a favorite family photo. It might be grandmother’s favorite
chair (that) we reupholster with a great fabric, or a needlepoint pillow
with colors that aren’t coordinating with the room but must be included.
I always say that when we are getting close to finishing a room, then
it’s time for the customer’s personality to come through. Personal items
that accent the new décor make for special and unique rooms.
What is something
that would surprise people to learn about you?
That if I were able to come back in another life, I might want to be a
chef or a restaurateur. I guess it’s similar in a creative, personal,
What are your
favorite Milwaukee-area spots — to dine local, shop local or do local?
My new favorite restaurant obsession is Moxie in Whitefish Bay. Shopping
locally always takes me to Nordstrom Rack for unique shoe styles. Local
events and opportunities are endless in Milwaukee. You can always find
me center-seated at the North Shore Cinema or the Oriental Theatre for a