I had learned that I had to be fierce and fight for myself at a very young age. I took the first job I could get, and ended up in the exciting world of Finance in New York City. I moved up the corporate ladder and had a successful career. By the age of 27, I had made it with a fancy job title, loving husband, and a shiny New York City apartment.
At the same time, I was burnt out, miserable, and I questioned what I was working so hard for.
What is the point of all this?!
I was miserable in every aspect of my life. I got promoted but I hated my jobs, where I had to fight for myself on a daily basis. I had an apartment that didn’t really feel like home and I was barely there. I was surrounded by people who just didn’t get me. They had no idea what I was going through and why my seemingly perfect life was killing me on the inside.
It was such a dark place, so much so I didn’t know if life was worth living.
I wasn't ready to give up. I took the bull by the horns, got certified as a life coach, worked with half a dozen other coaches, and quit my cushy corporate job. I was determined to save myself and others as an emotional healing and mindset coach.
What I know for sure is, you know it when you feel it.
While the people who created the retreat had a big part in changing my life, the place itself was set up to support that goal. That was the experience that helped me see how our physical environment can either support us or drain us. If the physical environment didn’t provide nurturing and centering, the people would have to work twice as hard to give me those feelings.
After that trip, I could see all the things that were wrong with my apartment in NYC, including not having any space that nurtures me. The city in itself drained me, and my home was within walking distance of Times Square! I had to fight my way through just to get home!
So I turned my one-bedroom apartment into a sanctuary in the middle of crazy town NYC. It was a retreat from the bustling city where I could relax and bring back the best version of myself. It was also an oasis where my friends would come and decompress when they felt overwhelmed.
It was a place of nurturing and centering where we could see life through a difference lens.
While I have been designing and renovating my own homes and helping friends since 2008, my focus has shifted towards transforming homes to support people in loving and living their best lives.
In 2018, I moved across the country with my husband and fur baby Oreo and made Portland my home. This is where I decided to turn interior design into career, and help them create sanctuaries of their own where they can be nurtured and refreshed on a daily basis.
A physical space that is in harmony can bring harmony to our mental space and our relationships.
Unlike other interior designers, my focus is on you and how you want the space to work and feel. I incorporate my experience as a coach to guide you through the process of turning your dream home and life into a reality.
Design is not just aesthetics and functional. It’s your self expression, it’s your sanctuary, most importantly, it’s a way for you to live your best life, and love it everyday!
Somewhere along my own healing journey, I ended up at a retreat in Hunter Valley Australia, 2 hours north of Sydney.
This place gave me a feeling that I’ve never felt before. It was peace, joy, presence, mystery, excitement all wrapped up in one. It was love.
I was finally able to put words around my problem:
I DIDN'T LOVE THE LIFE I WAS LIVING!
I spent my whole life fighting for a “better” life and I was damn good at it. I had no idea what being in love with life means. I'm not going to try describing it with words, because feeling in love with life is different to everyone.
I am first a coach to help you make the best decisions for yourself, and then a designer to create the space that nurtures your mind, body, and soul.
this is How I got here...