What do you love about your job?
I love teaching my clients about the value of aesthetic choices that they make. It is learning about what will not work, as well as what will. Our culture has flooded the marketplace with choices, and it can be overwhelming to the average residential client. Once we understand our own aesthetic preferences, we can make choices about our living environment, color, light, furnishings, and even clothing styles that reflect who we authentically are.
What or who inspired you to start your own business?
I feel that prescribed work no longer fits with the patterns of our daily lives. Creativity does not respond to schedule, and we are impacted by increasing social pressures, such as the commute and expectations of community and family. Having my own business gives me the freedom and flexibility to avoid may of these arbitrary and often dysfunctional pressures.
Describe your most memorable project.
I was hired by a large family, that owns a cattle ranch in Central California, to design a lodge for the next generation. My client was composed of 21 adults and the benefactors were 9 adult offsprings. I drove my Airstream office to the site and met with a team of representative family members to create the schematic design, which we accomplished in four days. I returned to my studio and completed the design work for a lodge in which the entire family could gather at the edge of a small lake at the center of their ranch. The history of the property and natural environment made this a memorable project. Just driving to the site was a delight.