I’m so happy to have you along on my journey as I tackle Interior Design and Home Renovation. I am in love with everything home! My love for Interior Design started many years ago, and it is at the heart of who I am and the passion I feel in my life. I believe your home should be your sanctuary - the oasis that envelopes you with warmth when you come home at the end of a long day.
I’m a farm girl who left country life seeking her place in the world. I first found it in the corporate world, and then in an awesome life of wife and mom. My full passion was finally realized when I entered the world of interior design. It excites me, it energizes me, it challenges me - it makes me, me. This is a story about doing what I love to do, and bringing the loves of my life home to the farm!
I'd love to bring you along with me as I navigate the world of interior design transforming this stately old Colonial; learning as we go, and hopefully, even having some laughs along the way. So, pull up a seat and join me on my adventure to create Rock Haven Farm!
Hometown: Sonoma County, California
When did you know you had a fascination with design?
When I was a child growing up on a cattle ranch in California’s Alexander Valley, I made many trips to a mountain of discarded lumber. I would “pile dive” to extract materials so I could transform them into wooden treasures of function and style. Over time my creativity grew into clothing and garden design, and my wooden treasures morphed into larger pieces, like my pergola in the shape of a grand piano. Eventually, my focus began to shift as I started to become increasingly unsatisfied with rooms that sat idle, void of new design or layout. I couldn’t help myself from walking into a room and tweaking a detail, or changing the entire layout . . . and my love for interior design was born.
Do you have a favorite client?
Absolutely! Hands down that would be my husband. He loves what I do and gives me full reign over any project I’ve created for the two of us. My greatest joy is creating a space especially for him and watching him walk around expressing his love for it.
How do you approach your re-design of a space?
My first step is to listen very carefully to what the structure is telling me - walls really do talk! I spend a lot of time reading the architectural elements, the natural light, the outside views, etc. I love creating the story of how rooms relate to each other, and enjoy elevating the experience of traveling from one to the other.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Absolutely everywhere. Wherever I am I’m transfixed on colors and textures, shapes, styles, and often times my inspirations have nothing to do with interior design. It could be a metal car part with a texture that gets my creative juices flowing. The light bulb will go off, and before long, that texture may become the leading element in one of my room’s design.
What’s your favorite room to design?
I think we often like most what is the easiest to achieve, and for me that’s a good kitchen design. It’s such an intricate process with so many crucial elements that require a lot of math. It’s a puzzle that I love putting together. There’s nothing more satisfying than arriving at the end of a project and finding that the function equals the beauty.
What is your favorite project to date?
I’ve been lucky enough to create some really beautiful and successful projects. However, I’m going out on a limb and saying that my favorite project will be the transformation of Mrs. Colonial, this beautiful Wine Country Southern belle.
What are you looking forward to the most in your current project?
There are absolutely so many things, however, I have a few new ideas up my sleeve that I’m really excited to implement. I’m hoping the most important one becomes a trend-setter. You’ll have to stay tuned to see what it is!