Over the past 20 years, I’ve worked in some facet of the interior design space. From mural painting whilst in college on the east coast, to kitchen design in Arizona, to being the creative director of a large home furnishings store in central Texas – there isn’t a room I haven’t created a solution for. I believe all people have the right to have a home that they are proud of, regardless of the thickness of their wallet. I lead with function always; it doesn’t matter how pretty a room is – if it doesn’t function! Designing for small spaces is near and dear to my heart, the challenge forces you to be creative in the solution and ultimately, the result.
Recycled Textile Collaboration – Styling
A local non-profit works with refugees to teach sewing, in order to earn a living wage. Developed composition and styling with photographer and co-worker for press photographs.
Co-working Space – Brooklyn, NY
Partnership with new co-working space. A variety of seating was key in the main space, recognizing that different people work best in different types of seating. A full kitchen was designed and installed for members. Flexibility was important to be able to accommodate meet-ups, lectures and events. Private Offices were also available to rent.
SXSW – Pop-up for Nordic Light House
Ride on Center for Kids (ROCK)
ROCK is a hippotherapy riding center, offering equine-assisted activities for children, adults and veterans. The room below was the family room, where family members wait while a loved one is receiving a lesson. Often for parents caring for a special needs child, the lesson time was their only break. It was important to make the room comfortable and a nice place to relax. Sometimes other children come along for the lesson, and they have their own space within the room to keep themselves engaged. The staff use this room for meetings, so there are additional folding chairs tucked away by the refrigerator and the table has a self-storing leaf to expand to accommodate more people.
The design aesthetic was to modernize the space, while considering that it was, quite literally, in a barn. Everything except floors, walls, and bath fixtures was new in the space. The biggest design feat was constructing and installing that kitchen in two days with the help of a friend. In addition to all new furniture, I updated the appliances, lighting, storage, window treatments, and painted them a happy little mural. Barn and horse life means you have to embrace the bugs. The windows by the kitchen were extra deep; I made use of this by adding a shelf within each to allow for plants. The two piece curtain also allows you to filter light while still being able to admire and care for the plants, all while sticking to the barn style.
Through designing the space, I learned of all the amazing ways ROCK gives back to the community and wanted to make sure visitors saw that side too. I created the awards & trophy display in a very barn-appropriate red stained linen cabinet. The commissioned artwork of a horse has all of their values along with their mission statement, “healing through horses.” This project remains one of my favorites to date, and may very well hold the record for most happy tears cried upon completion.
Sometimes, I don’t have to drive (pun intended). Sometimes I can be a passenger en route to the design destination, giving directions to help stay on course, or suggesting an alternate route for traffic. Case in point, I was lucky enough to consult my friend, and fellow handy bitch, Shannon, on her RV remodel. Two major factors for an RV that don’t apply to a home: 1. It moves and 2. Weight. Not one to shy away from a challenge, especially not a small space challenge, I was excited to learn and help.
The basic layout of the RV remained the same with upgrades like new flooring, lighting, paint, and textiles. The floor was a luxury vinyl plank which weighs less than the laminate counterparts, and also is water resistant for going in and out in inclement weather. All the cabinetry got a paint upgrade, as well as, a new backspace of lightweight linoleum tiles. The dated 80s mirrored cabinet fronts, were replaced with perforated metal sheets.
Any Baby Can
The community space was for internal meetings, workshops and lectures with the public. The challenge for this type of multi-use space is to make it look intentional in every configuration. The folding and stacking chairs are readily available when needed, and tucked away behind closed doors when not. The adjacent children’s room offered a fun place to play while waiting for the grown ups.
Univision Lobby + Mother’s Room
Univision Set Design – Despierta Austin
House Proud Segment – Spectrum News Austin.
Spectrum News Austin’s “House Proud” filmed segment in my home; the topic was workspaces for different family members & settling back into fall routines.