Describe the importance of a beautifully designed space.
Your environment either supports you and lifts you up or it brings you down. It surrounds you with the energy of all the elements that it imbodies. A beautifully designed space reflects the energy back to you, nurtures you and makes you feel comfortable and at ease. The secret is defining and understanding your own personal definition of “beautiful”. What makes your heart sing can make someone else cringe and that’s okay. The important part is figuring out what elements resonate with you and letting the rest go. The more your space is aligned with your needs, the easier it will be for you to go out and do your work, support yourself and nurture the ones that you love.
As a business owner, how do you maintain a work/life balance?
I believe in harmony over balance. In the past, I’ve tried to focus on balance, but I’ve found that it puts undue stress on being one way or another. The idea often left me feeling not good enough as a designer, mother or partner in this tightrope act of yin or yang. Through harmony, everything finds a rhythm and strikes the right chord. Sometimes work takes a stronger presence, other times play — and, at all times, honoring the elements that make up life well lived. The duality of work and play are constantly in flow and tied to our energy levels, responsibilities and relationships. Trusting this rhythm allows me to relax into it, accepting that the harmony may change but the intention remains the same.
To what or to whom do you attribute your success?
I attribute my success to all the teachers, mentors, colleagues and clients I’ve had up to this point, each of them collectively adding to the designer I am today. With each new experience we have the opportunity to grow, gain lessons and inspire. I couldn’t be more grateful to do the work that I do. From architects to contractors, each person becomes an integral part of bringing a design to reality. It never is really one person but the collective experience of many that brings success to life.
Where do you find inspiration in your daily life? Do you have any recommended books, podcasts or publications?
My favorite thing to do locally is check out the restaurant scene. The Front Range is never short of inspiration when it comes to food and a well-designed space. Modern in Denver magazine is always on my table ready to serve up the latest around town. I just discovered Origin Magazine — it’s like a mini vacation. From travel to recipes, it lends itself to a break from every day. For some original art, check out Novica, a marketplace that takes artisans from all over the world and helps to bring their products to consumers. I’ve bought several paintings for my past few projects and couldn’t be happier.
Don’t forget to go outside, feel the sun on your face and soak up nature. It’s a great time to reflect, think about where you’ve been and where you want to go. If you want some quick inspiration that’s already within you, think back to the first time you were ever in awe of a space, its beauty, its smell, the lighting and the way it made you feel when you entered the room. It could be anything from your grandmother’s kitchen, to the hotel you experienced on your first trip abroad, to your favorite taco restaurant down the street. Let your own life inspire you daily.