How did you get started in the design industry? Has this always been your passion?
I worked with my father in his paint store when I was a little girl and went to his job sites where he renovated homes. I used to love to help mix the paints and play with color. That’s when I first fell in love with design and architecture. Design has always been a creative outlet for me. After I got my degree, I worked for a design firm in Utah and then my husband and I moved to California where I took time to have my four children. I knew I would return to design when the time was right. Now, that my children are a little older, I’m able to take on projects I love.
When did you know you wanted to start your own company?
I never had a set goal to start my own business. It just evolved from a few projects I took on. The growth of my business has been very organic and much faster than I had anticipated. It’s been amazing to see it grow, and I love the new projects I’m working on.
We love the unique patterns you come up with. Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I draw inspiration from fashion, travel and my constant search for beautiful inspiration. For my recent textile collection with Guildery, I incorporated some of my favorite patterns like paisleys, watercolors and colorful pink hues that I had been drawn to. I also love using Pinterest. It’s a great tool for organizing the inspirations I love.
We know how much you love mixing and matching patterns. Do you have any advice on how to do this properly?
I like to think outside the lines of traditional design standards. I don’t follow any set rules when I’m designing a space. I usually start with a pattern I love and build around it. But I like to keep my spaces clean and fresh. It doesn’t take a lot to make a big impact. Beautiful vintage textiles mixed in a variety of colors on a sofa with modern, clean lines makes a gorgeous statement.
Photo by Ashlee Raubach
What is your #1 design tip?
Research and take your time. Save money for the pieces you really want so you can design a space right the first time. It makes all the difference if you can complete the whole look of a space. Styling a room with beautiful accessories is just as important as selecting larger furniture pieces.
What is your current must-have in your home?
Good lighting!! Beautiful lighting can transform a home. I love to look for lighting that makes a statement and adds beauty and character to a home. It’s worth splurging on, especially in a kitchen, over an island, in a dining room or entry way.
I would love to do something with my love for fashion and interiors. Design a space for one of my favorite clothing brands or a product. I’m in love with the bohemian looks of Free People and Spell Designs.
Photo by Ashlee Raubach