I love to create quiet, serene spaces. I do not often live in one, but I know the value of an inside locking door. So, I won’t judge if you won’t.
Within the walls of my company, I am principal, chief cook, head bottle washer and lead designer. Within the walls of my home, I am a mother of 4 kids under twelve, a wife to an exceedingly tolerant husband, a recovering perfectionist, field-trip slip forgetter and “make your own lunch” taskmaster.
I grew up running around auction houses, remodels and new builds. My mother was a designer. Field trips included antique showrooms, fine art houses and the power tool section of Home Depot. To this day, I am most happy at a workbench building and creating DIY projects or painting abstract landscapes of places I like to visit in my mind while the kids create chaos in my house.
As a know-it-all teen, I felt sure I would never follow in mom’s footsteps until my NYU college roommate patiently (not patiently) asked me to stop re-arranging our dorm room furniture for the umpteenth time. I enrolled in classes at Parson’s School of Design in NYC the following year and never looked back.
I am inspired by architecture and people. Interior Design connects the two and sets the stage for our stories. I get to take the unforgettable moments and memories of your home and your family’s story and turn them into permanent reminders that inspire you every-time you walk in the door. That’s the rush for me. I don’t design, build or create for everyday perfection because in my world it doesn’t exist.
My job is to make spaces functional in their layout, comfortable in their use, inspirational in their style and luxurious in their appointment. In that order. For that one moment after installation, the pictures are perfect. The house is immaculate. Then, it gets lived in. That’s what a house is for. Life is messy. Kids are messy. Design should be practical before it’s pretty. I call it Live-able Luxury. That’s my vision, my style and my goal for you.
Meet Julie. She is our logistics manager, check writer and detail wrangler extraordinaire. She runs point for all orders, vendor relations, client relations and tactical missions. She is usually on the other end of the phone when you call, so behave, or she might leave me. She oversees the nuts and bolts so I can oversee the creative.
She keeps this ship sailing and tolerates all my “Team Ginger” jokes. Julie grew up around a designer Mom, too. She recalls her early days at drapery workrooms and client houses with much the same enthusiasm as I do. Our mothers must’ve put something in our milk since we both returned to the design mothership without ever realizing we would.
Of all her many tasks, she is most fond of meeting new clients and gushing about how we transform uninspired spaces into retreats they may never want to leave. Julie loves her job. She loves her boss the most. (She told me to write that.)