Design is more than just about filling a space with furniture and objects. I relate to spaces in the same way I see music. Musicians [and designers] are storytellers: each piece in a room behaves like a note; separate and unique [or sometimes a bit funky] in their own right, but when grouped together begin to have a conversation with one another that makes something beautiful.

Design should never just be one note, otherwise a room tends to feel a bit monotonous. Having every piece of furniture in a bedroom match is like hitting the same note on the piano again and again [and again!].  Nobody wants that, but not everyone knows how to create that eclectic balancing act in a space.

That's where I come in.  I strongly believe in the art of layering.  A space doesn't come together in a day or all from one store. I take thoughtful consideration when it comes to layering a space; sourcing form various design shops, websites, antique stores, flea markets, and even Craigslist! [no, I'm not talking about the ratty, used mattress for $20, I promise!].

Jake performs quality control during a landscape design session.

Jake performs quality control during a landscape design session.

I love taking pieces that are on their last breath, and giving them a nudge in the right direction [a direction that usually ends in something beautiful!]. There's something so satisfying about giving something your own touch and allowing it a second chance in this world [not to mention it lets me feel good about helping our environment in any small way I can].

The art of design also involves dialogue.  Whether I'm designing for your home, commercial space, or event, it's essential that it reflects your experiences and tells your story [not just mine!]. Yes, every designer has their own signature style, and if you'd like me to have carte blanche, I can create something beautiful for you that reflects my personal taste.

But I think design is truly at it's best when it involves the client [you!].  I love incorporating [or even featuring] your meaningful treasures; items from your travels; heirloom pieces of furniture that have spanned generations; that weird cat clock you've been holding onto since 1992. I'm a huge proponent for using what you already have in new ways.  [But let's all agree that maybe Grandma's old recliner needs to sing its swan song]. All of these things can make sense together and create more than just a good looking room; they create an authentic experience.