The woman behind the design
Interior designer. That’s what I wanted to be in ninth grade and that’s what I am today. I set my mind to it, figured out what needed to be done and made it happen. Design is personal, so here is my personal bio. After high school, I attained an Associates of Science in Business Management from Lakes Region Community College (formerly NH Community Technical College).
While at the tech school, I sought an interior designer to work for. I found one who was incredibly talented with color, patterns and renovations and I continued to work for her for 16 years. In addition to drafting and product selections, I learned hands-on about small business management as well. The key thing that I took away from working with her is that follow-through with clients, vendors or contractors is of utmost importance in this career.
I put in many late nights and worked diligently for 4 years to earn my Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Mount Ida College (a CIDA institute). Picking out paint colors comes naturally to a designer, but there are many others skills to be learned. I worked on residential and commercial projects, learned the history of the built environment, saw how many of the building systems affect users and designed a holistic center for my thesis project. The thesis project was designed in an old mill building in Laconia, NH. I was very proud of the finished product.
I worked for an architect for several years. During that time, I became familiar with the processes of request for proposals and qualifications as well as bidding and designing municipal and commercial projects (primarily schools). Here, I saw the nuts and bolts of the drawings needed, developed a concept for the interior, selected all the finishes, furnishings and equipment, put those out to bid to get the best price for the school district and made sure that the design idea became a reality.
True hands-on experience came when my husband and I purchased an 1862 colonial home. A real true fixer-upper. When you look at the house now, you'd never imagine the horsehair plaster, 4 to 5 layers of wallpaper and enough debris to fill 7 dumpsters. Lots of hard work, but today, she’s a real beauty! You can see some of the before and after photos in the portfolio section. And no, it’s not any easier to design and furnish your own home because you know of all the options available for interiors!
After seeing how an architect designs a building, the next step was to see how it’s made, so I went to work for a small construction company that builds and renovates residential and commercial projects. My first position there was to create product submittals for the project managers. These detailed documents let the client know what products will be used, answer questions, and improve customer knowledge and satisfaction.
I left working there to have a baby girl and continued to work for the designer. I then returned to the construction company as the design development coordinator. That position involved me in every step of the project, from taking existing condition measurements and photographs, to drafting the new design, presenting to the client, assisting in product selections and attending job site meetings.
After a year in that position, I learned the true value of an interior designer. You see, we are with you every step of the way. I will have conversations with you about where kitchen pots are going. I will talk to you about your favorite color. I will ask you what you like and dislike about a particular product. These details matter. Interior design is very personal and this is why I do what I do. We will create a relationship together and an environment that is reflective of who you are. And yes, most people hug me. You can too.