Tell us the story of your Color “Florence Blue”. Why did you choose the Angels of East Africa out of all the organizations to support, it seems a big leap from the interior design world?
As far back as I can remember I’ve always had a fascination with the children of Africa. I’m not sure exactly why, but it is something I’ve always felt deeply about. I’ve always been a person to write down goals I’ve wanted to achieve, and about 8 years ago, I discovered a list I made in college of my goals. On that list was to visit Africa on a mission trip and help the children. Then years later my husband told me that I needed to watch the movie, “Machine Gun Preacher”. So I sat down late one night and began the movie. There were parts of the movie I couldn’t finish, I had to pause, take a break and come back to. I finally finished the movie after 3 days of incrementally viewing it. I was touched, moved, and I knew I wanted to be a part of this mission that helps save the children from the brutalities of the civil wars over in South Sudan. I contribute every month to AOEA, and one of these days, when my kids are up and grown, I will take that mission trip over, and do what I can to volunteer and help the children who are victims of the civil wars in Africa.
Tell us the story of your Color “Florence Blue”.
In 2014 Benjamin Moore and DHome, recognized me as one of their “Life in Color” award winners. As part of the Designers selected, we celebrated with a gorgeous dinner at Del Friscos, and each designer was asked to deliver an item that Benjamin Moore would color match and create their own personal color, specific to that designer. Just like my designs, I knew this color would represent me, and my company. So I knew this item had to be special, it had to be colorful, it had to be meaningful, I would prefer that it be vintage but still fit into modern times and be stylish. This was not an easy set of standards to live up to for one little item. And then I knew, without a doubt, the most perfect item that symbolized all of what is important to me….. My Grandmothers vintage, Italian, peacock blue, leather handbag. This was something my Grandmother picked up on one of her travels to Italy. And my Grandmother always had a grace and an infinity when it came to style and decorating. So what better item could I have selected? When it came to naming my color, I turned to “Florence Blue” Florence was my grandmother’s middle name, Edith Florence Anderson. I have used this color on projects that are dear to my heart just like my grandmother. You can also find this color used in my logo. I hope you enjoy these photos of my Grandmother, her purse and of a very special door, that leads into the home of two very special clients, whom I now call friends.
What is it about renovations that you love so much?
I love renovations, the creative process of changing a space, manipulating the layout, the finishes, taking something that is ugly and unusable, and molding it to something fresh, beautiful, and totally functional. Renovations can be life-changing experiences for clients, completely improving the way that they not only feel in their homes, but how they function day to day. What is different about renovations compared to a “new build” is that you have to work around the constraints that the building provides for you. I love how the constraints force creative solutions that would not have been imagined if the canvas was completely blank and the challenges unique to the building were not present. Lastly, renovations pose the ultimate before and after results!
Why do you do interior design?
I do interior design because it combines so many elements that I love and that are my passion. Real estate, homes, making things look beautiful, creating, and problem solving in ways that improve peoples lives. This is why I do interior design. I’m good at all of these things which makes me feel excited every day about what I do.
What lead you to the Interior Design Profession?
I have always had a deep-rooted passion for design and art. However, during my younger years it always took a back seat to my other passion, athletics. Growing up, I was a highly competitive athlete, which lead me to the NCAA division I University of North Texas as a dual sport athlete. While I was younger and so focused and dedicated to honing in on my athletic talent, I always dabbled in art and design. I took the elective Art four years in high school and two years in junior high. I was part of the “Art Club”, and on my limited free time I was always “creating” something, whether it was sewing, painting, rearranging my room, re-purposing furniture, or amateur photography. I always had an artistic outlet in my life. It wasn’t until I was in college when my deep-rooted passion for design and art began to surface and command to be noticed as much as my athletic career had. I had a life altering experience, when I realized that the path I was on as a Kinesiology major was not my chosen destination. After three days in Anatomy I realized I needed to find another major, one I could be passionate about, and that was definitely not bones and science! So I scoured the syllabus and landed on the only major that I felt was a good fit, Interior Design….. And boy was I right on, I took to my design courses like a well trained athlete takes to a field, with fierce devotion, and intensity. I absorbed and loved every minute of my design classes and was so excited that I was being trained in a profession that I knew I would love and excel at. So although unconventional, and perhaps not such a romantic story, that is what lead me into the interior design profession! And I am so glad it did, because I absolutely love what I do!