Professional Status, Association of Interior Design Professionals (AIDP)
Certified in Room Re-Design
Attended Pittsburgh School of Design
As a young child I was always charmed by pretty rooms. I remember saving my allowance to purchase matching bedding and draperies for my bedroom. They came from Spiegel’s catalog. While my sister was reading comics I begged my mother to bring home wallpaper books from the hardware store. I would study the beautiful papers and photographs of rooms for hours, dreaming of the day I could create a wonderful home of my own.
I believe I inherited my love for antiques, old houses and decorating from my mother. Mom would change slipcovers and window treatments every spring and fall. She could pick flowers from her garden and make an arrangement as nice as any florist. It was in my genes!
In my early twenties I moved from Ohio to Pittsburgh, Pa. where I attended classes at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. A few years later, I moved to Rochester, NY where I began a career in the shopping center industry—marketing and managing shopping centers, (which included interior design work with retail tenants).
I worked closely with many talented interior designers and window display personnel, coordinating themed, beautifully decorated galas and special events at Midtown Plaza, the Rochester Convention Center and downtown hotels.
In 1997, I accepted a position with Corning Inc. in Corning, NY. For 9 years I worked with local preservationist architects and a window display/designer to renovate the historic buildings in the 5-block Market Street district and to find new retailers to relocate to the region. Tin ceilings were uncovered and hardwood floors refinished. The Street took on a new life and to this day is considered a jewel of the Finger Lakes region.
While employed at Corning Inc. I purchased an old Greek revival mansion in Hammondsport, NY and spent years restoring the home and developing it into a bed and breakfast (Elmcroft Manor) and successful interior design business. My design work in the southern tier included a newly constructed RV dealership, million dollar residences on Keuka Lake and newly constructed homes in Corning. I also worked with many homeowners who just needed one or two rooms rearranged (using their present furnishings and family treasures). In 2006, I sold the bed and breakfast and interior design company and relocated back to the Rochester area; establishing a new design business in Canandaigua.
In the two years my new design business has been in operation I have worked with numerous clients – from contemporary homes in Pittsford, Victor and Farmington to historic Victorians in Canandaigua.
I ask my clients to keep an open mind and an adventurous heart. We discuss how the room or rooms will be used. As no two people are alike, no two houses should be alike. Your personality, who you are, comfort and use of space must all be considered. The notion that it is essential to cast out what furnishings and accessories you presently have in your home in order to create a quality product couldn’t, be further from the truth. Some of my most interesting projects have not involved the purchase of additional furnishings. I will begin my work by helping you decide what doesn’t work and re-arranging the furnishings that remain so that the room comes together and makes sense – financially, visually and functionally.
I look forward to helping you reinvent your home!