As far back as I can remember, I have wanted to be an interior designer. Typically, when you ask a child what they want to be, their answer changes from week to week, but my answer was always some version of design. It wavered from artist, to architect, to designer -- and today, depending on the day, I get to be all three. Similar to leadership, it’s often questioned whether design is an innate ability or a taught skill. Having a bachelor’s degree in interior design and a double minor in leadership and construction management, I have no doubt that through education, I was able to surpass my inborn design sense and hone my skills far beyond what I could have done on my own. However, I’ve always had an eye of design, and that is something I don’t think can be taught. Through a design education, you learn environmental psychology, building codes, industry standards, AutoCAD and other design software, but it’s difficult to teach someone “what looks good.”
As corny as it sounds, I consider myself a life-long learner. Even after college, I’ve craved knowledge, and despite my degree, I knew I still had so much to learn. For 4 years, I trained under some of the brightest and best industry professionals in West Michigan. I absorbed as much information and knowledge as I could, and worked on some of the largest residential projects you could ever imagine. I learned a lot, and upon reaching my 4th anniversary in the industry, I knew what my next step was.
I’m a believer that life is too short to not spend it fulfilling your dreams. I made the decision to live what I love, and love what I do. I made the decision to go independent, and while it can be a scary move, I couldn’t be more excited. On June 1, I hit my one-month mark as a business owner, and I was blessed to have a very busy month. Upon finishing up my last job at the end of April, I anticipated I would have a lull to get my business processes, documents, and branding in order. However, May 1st came, and I was full time with clients.
Even though I took a couple months at the beginning of the year to finalize my decision to go independent and put my 30 days notice in at my last job at the end of March, it feels like this has happened so quickly! I’m so excited for what the future has to bring, and all the amazing clients I get to work with.
Everyone deserves a little lovely in their life -- I’m here to help you find it in your home.