What’s your backstory?
My background is in graphic design. After 20 years in the advertising industry, I took time off to raise a family. Coming back to work after a hiatus, I did not want to be stuck behind a computer again. I’ve always loved interior design, so staging has been a great segue into a related field.
Also, living in NYC for 15 years, I moved apartments a lot, and I’ve always been good at jury-rigging any space — no matter how temporary — to make it look its best.
Where do you like to source your modern furnishings?
I love to shop small and local whenever I can. When having to resort to big box stores, I try to be savvy and hunt for floor models. I also love layering old and new. Denver has some fantastic vintage stores — I like to mix in vintage pieces whenever possible.
Describe your approach with staging a client’s listing or room?
Staging is different from interior design in that its first and foremost objective is to help sell a space. To do so, it has to appeal to as many prospective buyers as possible and not to just a single client, as in interior design. I try to highlight a property’s positive attributes and downplay its negatives. It can’t be too taste specific — and I often have to tone down my own taste and pull it back a little. Having said that, if it’s also taste-neutral, staging can sometimes be a bit bland and generic. That’s where I try to differ and strike a balance — to have broad appeal yet give it a little extra design flair.
Colors are vital to interior design, what’s your current color crush?
I’m happy to see warmer palettes making a comeback. I love seeing earth tones and organic materials. Copper and pewter green makes me happy. I do think they need contrast to set them off — blacks to ground them, or whites to make them pop.
In your opinion, what makes a house a home.
Summarize your aesthetic:
Eclectic yet clean
Who or what is your design muse?
My amazingly talented friend Andrew Egan in NY. Everything he touches is aesthetic gold.
Finish this quote: In design, …
…rules are meant to be broken.