Favorite part of the design process?

My favorite part of the design process is seeing the client vision come to life. My favorite question to ask clients early in the discovery process is, “Every home tells a story, what are you wanting your home to say?” This pushes the clients to think through how they want to live in the home, so the design process comes together from there.

Can you tell us about a recent collaboration that was integral to one your designs?

I was fortunate enough to be the interior design firm for the first custom residential home in the U.S. designed by renowned architect Kengo Kuma. As part of this amazing collaboration, Kengo Kuma and his team flew me to Japan to tour his design projects in Toyko, and then spend time visiting traditional temples and culture in Kyoto. It was a once in a lifetime design experience.

What is your dream project?

I have been fortunate to work on many amazing design projects throughout my career. One dream would be to collaborate and design for a boutique hotel in Oregon Wine Country.

Tell us a bit about your approach to design and what has shaped your vision.

My design approach is pretty simple. I like to incorporate what I call a “high/low” approach to each space we are designing. Meaning, we could have a gorgeous custom sofa mixed in with a cost value rug or pillows. My goal is to always work within the client’s budgets and timelines. I attend furniture markets multiple times a year to stay on top of design trends and look for the latest new furniture and accessory lines.

What aspects of your background or upbringing have shaped your design principles and philosophies?

I had a love for interior design and fashion at a young age and would flip through design and real estate magazines. My mother was a real estate agent, so I saw firsthand how a home can create emotional connections. I have a degree in business and psychology and have found both have been very helpful creating my company.

What are a few indulgences you like integrating into a space?

Incorporating elements such as beautiful light fixtures can turn any room into a truly custom-designed space. I also like to add wood elements such as beams, natural ceiling wood treatments or for a modern look, beautiful wood vertical slats. Adding a fun unexpected moment with stunning wallpaper can instantly create a WOW.

What is your favorite space in your own home and why?

My laundry room. When we built our home, it was one of the spaces I took extra time to make sure the space was going to be functional, and more importantly, pretty. I have a large family which means a lot of laundry.

Favorite way to spend a weekend in the Northwest?

My favorite activity is to visit Oregon Wine Country. The Willamette Valley is known for its picturesque vineyards and quant towns. I enjoy finding new boutique wineries, farmers markets and then staying at the Allison Inn for a fabulous dinner/stay.

What is the best moment of the day?

The best part of the day is early morning, before my family wakes up and I can enjoy my coffee and plan the day.

Prized possession?

In my early twenties, I backpacked through Europe for three months. I knew I didn’t want to just bring home t-shirts, so I invested what little money I had and bought beautiful handmade Christmas ornaments throughout my travels. Each one has such a memorable story.

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