Photography by: Ashley Sellner, Richard Israel, Chris Edwards
What (or who) made you want to be a designer?
I've always been interested in interior design. My favorite childhood toy was a Barbie doll house I made out of a huge cardboard box. I divided it into rooms, painted the interior and exterior, put in carpet and laminate flooring, and designed most of the furniture in the toy house. My interest in interior design grew stronger with age, and I ultimately decided to leave the corporate world to pursue a degree and career in interior design.
What is your favorite color palette right now?
I'm a bit into pink at the moment. All shades, really. I've used pops of pink all over my current house.
What is one thing that will never go out of style?
Antiques and vintage furniture. I think you can always mix in unique older pieces. They give soul to a home.
What is one thing you wish would go out of style!?
That's a tough question. I think you can make most things work when used appropriately.
When choosing hardware for a project, what is typically your metal of choice?
Brass or polished nickel depending on the project.
Where do you go to for inspiration?
I find design inspiration all around me. Great patterns and color combinations can be found in nature and in fashion. Travel is a great source of inspiration as well. I also love reading the national shelter magazines and books by other interior designers. There is nothing better than sitting down with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and reading a glossy magazine!
Where are you traveling next?
Summer travel includes an annual family reunion beach trip that has been taking place for forty two consecutive years followed by a trip to Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, SC with my husband and two boys.
What was your very first car?
My first car was a Buick Skylark which was my father's former company car. It was very uncool. While I hated driving the car it took me on all kinds of fun adventures including a cross country road trip. I have so many hilarious stories about the Skylark and all of the places it went.
Who is your Style icon?
My mom is my style icon. At 75 she is just as beautiful and stylish as ever. I have several of her evening gowns from the 60's and 70's that I love to wear. I always get so many compliments when I wear her vintage pieces.
Who is your favorite band/singer?
While there are many talented artists, the Avett Brothers are probably my favorite. I love the way they mix bluegrass, country, rock, folk, and pop to create their own unique sound. The fact that they are from NC (my home state) is a plus as well.
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If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?
Do as many internships as possible. Just being in the vicinity of an area of business that interests you will help you learn if it's a good fit for you.