Although I was born in Florida, my family moved to St. Louis, MO when I was just a few month old. I grew up in the suburbs but spent my weekends going out to the country to friend’s farms and my summers downtown going to Cardinal games. It was definitely a unique childhood being so close to both urban and rural environments. Eventually, the call of warmer weather brought me back to Florida for college, where I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s in Interior Design and a minor in General Business at Florida State University. I left the design program having earned both the Best Studio Performance award as well as Best Student Portfolio.
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? If I wasn’t a designer, I think I’d probably be in the financial sector- probably either an Economist or Stock Broker. There is just something about the way people interact with the financial world that I find interesting. I’ve always liked math and numbers (I was a “mathlete” in High School).
What’s the most unexpectedly wonderful compliment anyone has ever paid you? I had just moved to south Florida after college and was meeting a lot of my boyfriend’s friends and family. One night, we went to dinner with a few of his friends (all of whom knew each other before that night) and had a great time, but nothing special or significant happened really. A couple weeks later, my boyfriend was golfing with one of the guys who had been there that night and told him his girlfriend keeps talking about me. She had said there was “something about her that made me feel happy”. I think about that every time I’m meeting someone new or having a bad day.
If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be? My dad was a huge influence on my desire to see the world and because of him, traveling is something I hold sacred. In order to understand the world we design for, we have to understand different cultures and their histories. I’ve been fortunate enough to study abroad in both France and Italy. Right now, if I could spend a week anywhere in the world, I would want to go to Southeast Asia. I’m fascinated by the landscape, the length of history and civilization in the area, and the architecture of the ancient temples that still stand there.