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, 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 2003.
Fifteen years later, I am blessed with two darling boys and wonderful clients that enrich my design business! I focus on using local craftsman and workrooms while sourcing furnishings proudly made in the USA!
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.