During the summer months, I began working for a startup Marble and Granite business setting up their computers. I was able to attend an international granite and marble show in Verona, Italy that summer with the company. I also got to visit the quarries in northern Italy and have dinner at the owners' estates. It was quite an experience seeing the country estates clad in exquisite stones!
I loved working with computers and decided to pursue teaching computers in the Y2K boom. I passed my MCSE and began writing and teaching custom curriculum for niche software companies and travelled across America teaching the courseware that I developed. I would teach by day and pack in as much sightseeing at night. I worked for many companies and enjoyed being in a different city every week for the next six years. I met my husband in San Francisco when we were working together on a project in Marin County. He actually lived two miles from me in Jacksonville!
We were engaged, married, building a new house in St. Augustine, Florida, and having our first baby in three short years. I had to leave travel and computers to stay home. I worked briefly in financial planning because I wanted to learn more about personal finance and received my Series 7, 66 and insurance license. After many careers, I still had passion and focus for interior design. I decided to start my own firm in 2002.
Twenty years later, I am blessed with two young men and wonderful clients that enrich my design business! I focus on using local craftsman and workrooms in Jacksonville, Florida while sourcing furnishings proudly made in the USA. My favorite part of design is the collaborative creative process with my clients to create a beautiful and comfortable environment. The highest complement is a referral from a client because they loved being in a space I designed!
I loved growing up and decorating my space as a child. It brought me great satisfaction when I could make a change to my room and feel my mood shift. I had a very long journey and many careers before I would discover interior design as a business.
I also have a passion for teaching and working with children. I majored in Education at the University of Florida and spent my first few years out of college teaching elementary school. I loved the challenge of each day being different and watching my students learn and develop. I also realized how influential the classroom environment was in learning.
I was selected to be a tutor for a very wealthy family and travel to Europe and Egypt while I was teaching social studies. I remember that my first class airfare ticket cost more than my teaching salary that year! It was on this world tour that I began to see how fun and exciting it was to travel and experience new places. I also got to stay in the most exclusive hotels in the world. This really changed how I wanted to live when I returned home.