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Deciding to leave school after I got pregnant with Luella was one of the hardest decisions I've ever made. I was torn between wanting a family and wanting a career, and ultimately chose the former. It was the right thing to do then but a good bit of my heart will always belong to interior design. I've used whatever knowledge I've gained in school and applied it to my own home renovations. While I can easily fall victim to trends like anyone else, I also thrive on continuously learning about the past. Knowing period-correct pieces and finding a way to pair them with modern lines is an important part of my design perspective.

 

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I grew up in a not-so-small 'small town' in California called Bakersfield. I was packed up and ready to leave before I graduated high school. At 17 years old, I moved out to L.A. and immediately started working at a restaurant to pay the bills. 2 short years later, I made the move to Miami Beach where I continued working in the restaurant industry for 5 more years. I was an on-and-off again student and finally decided to get focused and stop working 80 hour weeks as an Assistant Manager of a restaurant called Mr Chow. I made the move to New York City in 2010 and became a full-time student at NYSID. A year into my studies, I was invited to a friendsgiving dinner held by friends of friends in the East Village. In walks this guy, covered in tattoos, and the rest is history. We fell wildly in love, I moved into his Brooklyn apartment, got pregnant, got married, and then decided we needed a change of pace for our growing family. 3 months after our daughter Luella was born, we packed up the baby, our dog at the time, and some incredible vintage furniture my husband, Walt had collected over his 21+ year run in NYC and headed to his home state, Texas. In 3 years, we've done a lot. We've made career changes, had a second baby - our son Felix, and are constantly updating and improving the standard builder-grade home we first moved into. Renovating has been a project we've enjoyed working on together. Our process works like this: I usually come up with some design concept and Walt usually rolls his eyes. After some time, he'll agree it's a pretty good idea, then he'll say how awesome it looks once it's done. I think this just works for us.