In short – I am an Interior Design graduate, home renovation enthusiast with a visual merchandising background who loves the challenge of making any spaces inviting and exciting and most of all practical.
Growing up, I had a very small bedroom – 6ft by 12ft plus a closest, kind of small bedroom. But it was MY space. I was constantly playing with the layout to find ways to keep it functional but still make it feel bigger than it was. I was given what many people feel are the essentials:
- Bed: a twin day bed my grandfather bought me.
- Dresser: a large antique dresser my grandmother refinished for me.
- Desk: my mother’s old desk. That was never used as a desk and yet never had a chair…
Plus, I was one of those kids that always had a small animal in a cage. There was a lot to cram into a 72 square-foot space.
When I was 13, I decided the dresser wasn’t working. I designed a new piece of furniture that would fit into one half of my closet, my father had it built for me. It had enough drawers for everything I needed and shelves above it for books and other knick-knacks. The new dresser would disappear in the space when the doors were closed and now I had lots for space to work with.
When it came time to think about college, Interior Design seemed like the perfect fit. I completed my diploma in Interior Design in 2006.
After college I worked for 3 different Global retailers doing everything from merchandising, store setup and finally store and fixture design. Although it might not seem like merchandising and Interior Design are directly linked, they still use many of the same principles:
- Space Relations: Looking at how people of all types use the space and move through it.
- Visual Presentation: Whether it is a painting over top of a couch or a wall display of clothing, attracting the eye has the same principles.
- Coherent Design: When designing a home, you want the rooms to flow together. Retail is the same – from the window displays to the entrance right back to your cash desk.
Over the last few years I have also taken on home renovations…