your aesthetic in one sentence.
My personal design style could be described as
traditional with French influences — and a little bit of
Tell us about one of
your favorite projects — and why you enjoyed it.
One of my favorite projects was for the Sigma Kappa sorority at
Marquette University. We were hired to do space planning, finish
selection, lighting specification and furnishings selections for
their new chapter house. The day we installed the furniture, window
treatments and rugs was very memorable. The women who lived there were
thrilled, appreciative and excited for their new home. It was immensely
Aside from furniture
and décor, who or what influences or inspires you?
I am inspired by what I read and see in design blogs and am influenced
by other designers in my peer group. My position allows me to see the
latest in interior furnishings and trends — whether it is in plumbing,
lighting or fabrics. I also have had the opportunity to live in both
London and Washington, D.C. — and visit some interesting places in
between. Those life experiences combined with those of my clients help
me design special, curated interiors.
Finish this sentence:
Every room needs _____ .
Some history and thoughtful styling. History refers to something from a
lifetime, whether it is a cherished antique or family heirloom. One of
our recent living room projects included a grandmother’s chair, which we
reupholstered in a beautiful new fabric. It was a nice way to honor the
past in a modern way. Styling refers to the arrangement of furniture,
soft goods and accessories in a balanced way. This carries over to every
surface like bookshelves, a mantel or bedding. I might style a coffee
table with a stack of books or tray balanced by vases. I like to think
of it as sculpting space.
What is something
that would surprise people to learn about you?
Interior design is my first love but
second career. I spent a number of years in marketing before returning
to UW-Madison to pursue a degree in interior design.
What are your
favorite Milwaukee-area spots?
I live in Shorewood, and Atwater Beach is a treasure. Seeing the sun
come up over the lake is breathtaking. Other favorite recreation spots
are Lapham Peak, the Oak Leaf Trail and my garden. My favorite
restaurant in Milwaukee is Lake Park Bistro, because of its
French-inspired interiors, beautiful view and exceptionally great food