A love affair begins…
The real act of discovery is not in finding new lands,
but in seeing with new eyes.
People often ask me why I got into
interior design. I guess I got hooked on
design with my very first client.
My dad, who I was interning for, gave me
my first client: a retired custodian for a
small country school. She lived in a one
room house by herself. She wanted
privacy for her windows, and only had
$50—could I help?
Figure 3- Before: Great room with
massive brick fireplace. The client
wanted a lighter feel…
For a girl right out of college, this was not
the way I wanted to begin my glamorous
career in interior design! I couldn’t
believe my dad had given me this project:
six windows for fifty dollars?! No way!
This was way before HGTV, so I hand
painted some scrolls on roller shades.
There weren’t as many options then as
now, so I had to put some thought and
effort into this small project.
When I hung the shades up and pulled
them down to show the scrolls, this
woman sat down on her bed and wept in
gratitude. I get teary right now thinking
Figure 4- After: I covered the
fireplace with faux stained glass and
painted the hearth the same color as