Q: Tell us a bit about your career path. Did you take a traditional path to becoming an interior designer?
A: For my freshman and sophomore year, I attended Rollins College in Winter Park, FL and played on the golf team. After my sophomore year, I interned at the New York office of Kemble Interiors and realized that was what I wanted to do. I transferred to Parsons in New York City and stayed at Kemble for about ten years before going out on my own. I worked mostly out of the Palm Beach office.
Q: Where do you source inspiration and or mentorship?
A: Inspiration is everywhere in Palm Beach! Just walking to pick up a salad at lunch can be an inspiring walk. I have so many wonderful friends and mentors in the industry and I would be lost without them!
Q: What are five everyday luxuries you could not live without?
- Tammy Fender skincare products
- Motorized black out shades in my bedroom
- Supergoop Sunscreen
- Matouk sheets
- Uber Eats
Q: Have you ever had a decorating disaster that you can laugh about now?
A: Yes, I think we all have! Celerie used to always say there are no design emergencies- which is true and always good to remind yourself of that in the moment.
Q: How do you define your style?
A: Sophisticated and elegant, yet practical and comfortable.
Q: What is one fail-safe design element that every room should have?
A: Somehow a touch of chocolate brown seems to work in almost every space! Also, lamp lighting instead of all overhead lighting.
Q: What has been the most challenging (and the most rewarding) part of developing your business?
A: Most rewarding is always pleasing our clients and the camaraderie we have in the office within our team. Most challenging would be that it can sometimes be lonely to be the only one making big tough decisions.
Q: If you were to have a dinner party with five designers past or present, who would they be?
A: Jeffrey Bilhuber, Tom Scherrer, Sister Parrish, Polly Jessup, and Mimi McMakin.
Q: Let’s talk about beauty products… What is your favorite splurge and your favorite save?
A: I splurge on monthly facials at Tammy Fender and love all of her products. I have also been loving everything from Drunk Elephant lately. I save on body moisturizer- Lubriderm does the trick for me!
Q: What are you working on next that we can look forward to?
A: Currently, I am working on designing the interior of the Julia Amory shop in Palm Beach. She is a personal friend of mine and I love her personal style for fashion and interiors! We are also designing an amazing home in the Bahamas on Harbor Island from the ground up. Selecting everything from the tile to the fabrics has been an amazing experience and we cannot wait to see the finished home. And a new build in East Hampton and lots of exciting projects in Palm Beach.
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