Tell us about your background and education:
I grew up in North Carolina and went to Duke. I studied visual arts there which was a 10 medium major, meaning from drawing to painting to color theory to screen printing, I had to show a certain level of competence in [all of those] mediums. After college, I worked with a large commercial interior firm in Atlanta [called] Rule, Joy, Trammell + Rubio but my most useful learning really came from just trying new things in hope of figuring them out. Sewing, photography, Photoshop, painting, these were all things I did on my own, or with mentors, and they have all been beneficial to my career.
What is your personal design philosophy?
There are no rules. I really go with my gut even if it’s not textbook. Pairing things a lot of people wouldn’t is what most people seem to know me for.
Why Austin versus another city?
I was actually between Austin and Nashville as cities I could imagine moving to and settling down in. I chose Austin because I felt the design scene and growth projected in the city could foster my design career better than Nashville.
Where or to whom do you turn for inspiration?
David Hicks and Dorothy Draper are huge sources of inspiration for me.
What would people be surprised to find in your home?
High mixed with low. I love a bargain and am not afraid to pair an Ikea hack with a higher end custom piece.
Share a few favorite elements from your project featured on the TRIBEZA Interiors Tour:
While in most areas I added my own flair and signature style, I also compromised with my husband. My closet and the guest house - these are the main two areas where I didn’t have to consult or negotiate with [anyone].