During my design career, I have made it my goal to create a special signature look of “Casual Elegance” to every project for each of my clients. This is done regardless of style, whether from Transitional to Tuscan.
I listen carefully to your needs to provide a collaborative and professional custom design solution. I’ll help you create a design vision you are dreaming of owning and one that you will love for years.
I have been working in the industry since 1978. At first I was one of the owners of Fireside Furniture Gallery, and then a manufacturer’s representative for national and international furniture companies. I was artistically mentored by my grandfather, the head color and paint specialist at Disney for 30 years, as well as a family friend that was Director of Furniture Development and Showroom Design to the industry.
I have an A.A. Degree in Multimedia/Interior Design, have been a California Certified Interior Designer since 1994 and a Professional Member of the IDS since 1995.
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Certified Interior Designer #7067
I am a certified licensed interior designer with an AA in interior design and a BA in business from London Polytechnics. I specialize in residential interiors.
With my multi-cultural background and growing up in Hamburg, Germany, I’ve learned to appreciate the Biedermeier style, art nouveau, French-inspired Neoclassical style and Bauhaus. This encouraged me to think about how interiors could shape our life experiences and mood.
My work is best described as creative and functional, inviting and comfortable. My aesthetic is classic with a twist to the whimsical, timeless with a slight edge. I pride myself with attention to detail, devotion to quality and love for local artistry. Every client and project is distinct and treated accordingly. That is why my passion for design and the desire to support my customer’s goals is my first priority.
Creating a beautiful and comfortable home for my clients has been my focus throughout my design career. Today our homes are being used not only for day to day living, but for many of us they have to also function as work spaces or classrooms.
I have worked on a wide variety of projects from putting together a small sitting space to a whole house redesign, and I would welcome the opportunity to put my years of design experience and project management to work for you to help create a home environment that reflects your style and everyday needs.
I have over ten years experience working in several custom furniture and interior design showrooms throughout the Monterey Peninsula. I received a BA in Art History and Photography from San Francisco State University and an AA in interior design.
My passion for art and travel began at a young age and has driven me to continually learn about design, craftsmanship, and other cultures. Through my travel experiences and many wonderful mentors, I have expanded my aesthetic from mid-century modern to old-world Tuscan and everything in between.
As a designer I really listen to my clients; I figure out who you are and how to reflect that in your home. I love to work with existing pieces, local artisans, and customizable lines that will truly give a personalized style to your home. My goal is to provide you with a stress-free design process that culminates in a beautiful, unique space that you'll never want to leave.
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Certified Interior Designer #2739 by the ccidc
Stage 1: Consultation
Designers will meet with the client for an in-store appointment to get a feel for how the client actually lives in the home, and how they intend to use the space. Designers will also discuss project requirements, budgets, timeframes, and desired outcomes.
Stage 2: Proposal
After meeting with your designer, a time will be scheduled to come to the home to develop a floor plan and take necessary measurements. The Initial Home Consultation is $250, ($100 toward store purchase). Additional design services are available at $125 per hour. This can include: floor plans, color palette, selection of fabric, flooring, and wall color, drapery treatments, specifying furniture, and accessorizing. Once all of the components of the project are selected, your designer will present to you their proposed plan for your home. As a client, this is an especially important time to express any concerns, questions, or doubts.
Stage 3: Quotation
Designers will work closely with the client to best guide them in the process of making final selections and also help visualize how the different components will come together. Designers will spend countless hours selecting the right fabric out of hundreds of manufacturer samples, custom designing the perfect sofa, and determining the best materials to create your dream home.
Stage 4: Implementation
This is where the new design starts to come to life. Designers will review drawings with contractors, coordinate installation and delivery of furniture and goods, and ensure that everything is going according to plan.
Stage 5: Completion
After the work is completed, the client will walk through the new space with the designer to ensure the client is satisfied with the overall design. Any necessary paperwork or adjustments will be finalized.
SELECTING THE PERFECT SOFA
A sofa or sectional is easily one of the most important pieces of furniture you will buy, since most of the floor plan revolves around it. With so many options and styles, choosing the right sofa can be overwhelming. Here are some questions to consider before making the commitment.
1. How will the sofa be used?
This question is most important because it determines the size and features that best fit your needs. For example, if you are a person who entertains often, you might consider a sofa with firm seat edges to ease balance, with an average height of 20”.
2. How many seats/cushions do you need?
This answer will largely depend on how you will use the sofa. Keep in mind, the number of cushions does not mean the number of people you can fit on the sofa. Typically, for a family room, the fewer the cushions, the better. Especially if you have children that play on the furniture.
3.What type of fabric or upholstery should you choose?
The first thing to consider is the intended use of the sofa. If you are a person with small children or pets, you might select a performance fabric. A leather upholstery is generally the best option for serious usage as it usually does well with age.
HOW TO SELECT A COLOR SCHEME FOR YOUR LUXURY HOME
When it comes to selecting a color palette for your home, it can be very overwhelming with so many colors to choose from. Committing to a certain color can be difficult for consumers when it comes to decorating their home. Although there is no right or wrong choice, there are some steps you could take to help you select the color that sets the overall tone of your home.
Understand the floor plan
Since any room can have a main feature that stands out, it’s best to select a color scheme that compliments that piece. When you are determining which room or areas are visible from another room, looking at the floor plan is the best place to start. Spaces that co-exist should be complementary to one another to create a sense of flow and harmony.
Creating the mood
Color evokes emotion on a subconscious level. Although, not everyone reacts to color the same, they will all register a similar reaction. Deciding what mood you are going for will help you choose colors that enhance that feeling or emotion. Warm colors will lend themselves to an energetic and fun vibe, whereas cool colors create a sense of relaxation and calmness.
Here are the basic responses to color as follows:
White- simplicity, clarity, purity, cleanness
Red- intimate, passion, warmth, energy
Orange- sensuality, warmth, fun
Yellow- evokes creativity, welcoming, optimism
Green- tranquil, peace, restful
Blue- coolness, serenity, meditative
Violet- stimulating, spiritual, luxury
Pink- fun, feminine, lively
Brown- warmth, nature
Be creative in your color palette
The look and feel of your home should reflect your personality. If you are looking for something dramatic and colorful, a complimentary color scheme will help you achieve that. A complementary color scheme is two colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. You can add plenty of color to a space by using a monochromatic color scheme as well, by using various shades of the same color. By knowing the intensity of the mood you wish to create, you can determine the right color scheme for your space.