I was talking to an intern at work the other day about our mutual love of creativity and design. It struck me that she may enjoy seeing personal photo collages that I create for people. I call them Soul Snapshots. I create them based on how I see someone or how I feel it may touch them. I create them as my way of saying “I see you and I hear you.”
When I showed Melissa the one I created for Andreas, her hand immediately went to her heart and she was on the verge of tears. She said, “This is so powerful! You could save someone’s life with that!” You could’ve knocked me over as I took in her reaction and her words. So here it is, a soul snapshot I created for Andreas.
A couple of months ago I was at a Chamber of Commerce event where I overheard Andreas explaining to the woman next to him that he is following his childhood dreams. My ears instantly perked up. Following the footsteps of his family, Andreas went to medical school and was working in a hospital where he began dreaming of a different path. He went back to school, this time to learn photography and design, and then launched his own business, Yellow Door Brand. Andreas dresses meticulously and was often hired by others to style their wardrobe so he followed this passion as well and added custom shoes and suits to the Yellow Door Brand.
Today, Andreas spends his days living his dreams from designing clothes and shoes to photographing weddings and even teaching ballroom dancing and business classes. He is a true inspiration.
My method of working as an interior designer and House-coach involves my clients and their dreams. When you hire me, we become partners. I actively and passionately listen to your vision and needs. Together, we create a home that nurtures you, inspires you, and fills you with joy.
In this video of Linda's bedroom transformation, you will see how she has taken one step at a time. Unlike what we see on TV, transformation does not have to be done all at once while turning your life upside down. For most of my clients, they are DIYers (do-it-yourself) and they may take months or a year or more to complete their projects. This is the case with Linda. Her bedroom transformation is a journey, an experience, that she continues to enjoy today.
To receive the full impact of the video, please watch it all the way through once without pausing. Then go back and pause and read the helpful tips and guidance that I shared with Linda. You may be able to use them in your own home!
Linda is in the process of having a new ceiling light fixture installed and searching for some additional accessories. Once the room is truly complete, I'll share an update with you.
I was having a casual conversation with my new friend’s wife at an event one day. She was telling me they are nearing the completion of a kitchen renovation. As I began asking her specific questions about it, she quickly realized my passion and said, “I didn’t know you’re a designer! I need your help! The painters are coming next week and I haven’t picked out a paint color yet!”
A few days later, I was standing in her kitchen with my large, hand painted sample boards, choosing colors that will work for her entire first floor. She also wanted ideas for arranging the furniture in their open concept family room.
Before I left their house that day, she had direction on what color scheme to go with. Three weeks later I returned with a custom portfolio showing her inspirational images of how their family room could look along with recommended items to purchase, and conceptual drawings of their room with three different arrangements to consider.
This client already knew what colors she liked but wanted the assurance from a professional. Going through a consultation with me showing her my samples and explaining the correct undertones for her home helped her choose the right colors. She used some of my recommendations but not all. The custom portfolio I created for them is a tool they will use for years to come. As their schedule and budget allows, they can refer to the portfolio when making new purchases.
What I love most about my work is that it is a partnership. I’m there to listen, to guide my clients in choosing what they truly want, to educate them about why or why not their ideas will work, and to provide alternative solutions in expressing themselves in their home. They choose when they want to make the changes, if they want to hire a contractor or do it themselves, and where they want to shop. All of these decisions are building from the design plan I created specifically for them.
I love buying fresh flowers for our house! This yellow "vase" is called a Gurgle Pot...it looks like a fish and it makes gurgling sounds as water is poured from it. There's a deeper explanation about the history of it but the gist is, IT MAKES ME SMILE!
Growing up, my dad would frequently walk in the door after a long day at work with three bouquets of flowers...one for each of his girls. I think my mom's bouquet was bigger but my sister and I each had our own bouquet to place in our bedroom. A simple gesture made us feel so special! When I buy flowers now, I often get that giddy little girl feeling again. Thank you Dad!
We visited friends this weekend who recently moved into their new house. After the first day taking in all the details, I couldn't sit back any longer before I started rearranging their accessories (it's a good thing they appreciate my compulsive decorating behavior).