Education and History
Colorado State University
Bachelor of Fine Arts, concentration in Interior Design & Photography
University of Colorado, Denver
3 of 4 years Master of Architecture
From Playing on the Ground to Breaking Ground:
I was always fascinated with floor plans growing up- I spent many hours imagining and dreaming about what they were ‘communicating’, and or how I would change them. I remember even during my early school recesses spending the time outdoors with my friends creating ‘floor plan’ walls with our hands in the dirt- each of us creating our own ‘homes’ then visiting and touring each other’s ‘creations’.
When I first started my business 10 years ago, I dreamt of working out of my basement, having the freedom to go for a run or work in my back yard whenever I wanted. In my first year, I set up ‘shop’ in my basement, and soon landed my first Marriott hotel lobby, bar and restaurant remodel project. I am proud to say that I did the whole design out of my basement! I was not able run as much or plant as many flowers as I had hoped, but it opened doors for me for future hotel projects – I soon also realized that I could not, nor did I really want, to do this alone. So my husband eagerly helped me to purchase an office space and hire employees! I feel lucky to live in a town with a university that has such an excellent Interior Design program as Colorado State University. This afforded me the opportunity to give back to the program by hiring interns and in many cases they became full time positions. It has been most rewarding watching my interns grow and become full time employees – to witness them becoming confident and knowledgeable designers.
“When I first started 10 years ago, I dreamt of working out of my basement...”
Problem solving on the trails…
In the early mornings, my spare time, and yes, even when I am on vacation, I try to run as much as I can. It is in this simple, natural act, that I feel at peace and in tune with my thoughts. So many design problems have been solved and or created somewhere along my many, many runs.
3 things you would take to a deserted island:
My iPad with my Kindle app full of good books, plenty of running gear and Gatorade.
If you were given $1,000 what’s the first thing you would spend it on?
A couples massage on the beach with my husband Kent, listening to the ocean waves, followed with a nice seafood dinner at a local restaurant.
You just won a free trip to anywhere in the world. Where are you travelling?