I am a New Yorker, born and raised. There’s no place like home. I’ve been living in Park Slope, Brooklyn for 8 years and I love it. However, there will always be a special place in my heart for New Orleans and the time I spent living there. What’s your favorite room in your home?
If my garden counts as a room, then I choose that! It’s great living in New York City, but giving up a lot of nature to do so is a big trade off. I appreciate having a place of my own to relax and enjoy being outdoors. A lot of my artistic inspiration is created in those peaceful moments. In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
I’d have to say the bicycle. It truly is perfect — design, function, and utility all in one package. It’s completely sustainable, customizable and fun too. What are your sources of inspiration?
Natural history museums are great. I think that ancient civilizations really understood and appreciated the importance of art and design in conjunction with function. In the past 100 years or so, a lot of design has been sacrificed for cost and utility. What do you drive?
In New York, you have to have options for getting around. I drive a 2002 Subaru Forester, but I also ride a Trek 21 speed bicycle and a 1971 Honda CB175 motorcycle when I don’t want to worry about parking. What one item do you wish you owned?
A private jet for traveling the world on a moment’s notice. What are your interests outside of design?
Cooking dinner, wandering Prospect Park with my dog, exploring the city with my wife, international travel. What is your personal decorating style?
I tend to adopt the less is more approach without being overly minimalistic. To me it’s all about arrangement of shape and color. What’s your favorite possession?
My 13 year old Pit Bull / German Shepherd Cassie. She’s the best! I also have a 1976 Fender Rhodes electric piano I’m quite fond of. What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Chocolate and coffee. Together or separate. What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Figure out what you love doing. Then, go do it.
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1. Black, bottomless cups of coffee—Seattle.
2. Bourbon. Blantons Bourbon. On the rocks.
3. My mom’s an interior designer so growing up with mid-century furniture and fine textiles—I can’t get enough furniture by Charles and Ray Eames, their textiles, and other infamous designs like the Womb and Barcelona chairs.
4. My dad’s a chef and one of my best friends is a foodie—so I have had a lot of exposure to the kitchen and baking is my favorite. I love how relaxing it is and how giving people baked goods on an unexpected day makes their day better. Pies are my favorite, but I’ll try anything and try to work entirely from scratch—even if it means carving and roasting the pumpkin for pumpkin pies.
5. About 6 years ago, a friend signed up for too many golden retrievers—so I was fortunate to step in and get Jake when he was 6 months old.
6. I’ll take any opportunity to travel—to visit amazing places like the Temple of Heaven in Beijing and the Humayuns Tomb in New Delhi; to try new, spicy, and flavorful foods—especially Indian food from India. My favorite restaurants in the world are Bukhara and the Spice Route—both in Delhi.
7. Since high school I’ve enjoyed rowing for exercise—sweep 8’s in college but mostly singles.
8. Not just music—the Alt Nation station on Serius—The Black Keys, Mute Math…
9. Jeans and concert t-shirts—which I’ll wear until their done. A current favorite is from The Sounds concert in Dallas a few years ago.
10. The one family tradition I still follow is Fruity Pebbles on my birthday—it was always a treat to get whatever box you wanted and to make it last as long as you wanted.
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Where was your favorite place to live?
My first little studio apartment was on the north side of Chicago—plenty of inspiration and design ideas to test. But Woodside, California, is definitely the prettiest place I’ve lived. My husband and I go each summer to bike up our favorite mountainous roads, take in the unforgettable scent of eucalyptus and hopefully spot a banana slug among the redwoods.
What are your interests outside of design?
Running, cycling, yoga. Starting (not necessarily finishing) projects at home. Experiencing everything for the first time with my two girls.
Who are you design icons?
Hella Jongerius, Alexander Calder, Nina Tolstrup, Scholten & Biajings.
What are your sources of inspiration?
Travel. Just being outside on a hike or run—letting thoughts go and ideas flow. Plus found objects and industrial remnants have always inspired my work.
What is your personal decorating style?
Minimalist mixed with a dose of vibrant color in a vintage setting. I’ve been accused of being a chromophobe (afraid of color) but I love color (bold, pure, fearless COLORS). I typically prefer a neutral space with a pop that makes you take notice of something really special.
What’s your favorite possession?
Photographs. Work traded with other designers/artists.
What do you drive?
A Jorg & Olif bicycle complete with milk crate is my preferred mode of transportation. It was a gift (or is it borrowed?), is way too big for me, weighs a ton—but it’s so charming and takes me back to vacationing in Amsterdam. There’s no other way I’d rather get around town.
What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Time to myself. And chocolate.
Do you have one low budget decorating tips?
Take away until you can’t take away anymore. Then put your favorite thing back. Also, use stencils or masked areas in unexpected colors/orientation to create a large impact on a limited budget. And a little industrial charm goes a long way.
What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
I have a few favorites from friends and colleagues that I find myself passing along:
When you can no longer work for someone else, it’s time to open your own practice. -s.t.
Be careful what you’re good at. -c.k
You get the clients you deserve. -j.d.
Best I ever gave: Be patient and persistent (and fake it ‘til you make it).
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