I’ve been making homes for years- playing Susie Homemaker in the crawlspace of my childhood home in Ohio and creating a futuristic home model for the junior high science fair to designing homes throughout the Philadelphia area.
While studying Art History at UVA, I dug making bold black and white drapes and handpainting furniture to make my dorm room cozy. Art History fascinates me because art tells the story of cultures and individuals throughout time. But the really serious stuff began when I had a home and family of my own – from rag rolling the bedroom walls of our first home in a Boston suburb to creating a mosaic table top to put the pieces together of my first marriage.
That’s when I figured I should put my passion for home-making to work. While raising my teenage sons, I studied Interior Design at Moore College of Art and Design and Harcum College. I worked in the corporate design world long enough to be reminded that I am a homemaker at heart. Design consulting for such area home furnishing stores as Storehouse and Domain Home, not only exposed me to a wide range of styles from contemporary to traditional, but also gave me valuable opportunities to work with clients in their homes-not to mention, the experience I gained in selecting fabrics, knowledge of furniture construction, room planning, lighting, accessorizing, as well as about the process of merchandising, ordering and delivery.
Finally when my guys left the nest 13 years ago, I spread my wings and started my own residential interior design business. As an owner of Decorating Den Interiors, my grown up dreams are coming true and I love collaborating with my clients to make their homes a reflection of their personalities and dreams.
Talk about dreams coming true…I even received an award as Runner Up to Decorator of the Year in the 2014 International Dream Room Contest for a porch that I created for an historic home in Media. The following yea, 2014 my eclectic bedroom was recognized in that category and published in the Carol Donaryre Bugg’s popular coffee table book, “Love Your Home”. Most recently, in 2018, my chic, yet whimsical office project was awarded a second place Dream Room award in the Home Office category.
I also love providing opportunities for others to enjoy the comforts of home by fundraising for Home of the Sparrow or designing a hip bedroom for a teenage boy with muscular dystrophy through Laurel House. Since I recently moved my studio to West Chester, I’m thrilled to support the Downtown West Chester Foundation as a sponsor for “Up On the Roof” and the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center as decorating coordinator for New Years Eve Gala.
After all, it’s all about “Making the World More Beautiful”…
Since the pandemic rocked our world this year, I’ve been “pivoting” to build relationships with new clients by offer presentations on Zoom. I’ve also been spending more time in my garden and art studio to recharge.
(my faithful assistant, Wally, oversees deliveries and accompanies me on trips to the dump)