I was born in Italy and came to the U.S. at a young age with my resourceful and hardworking parents. I was taught early on to make the most of what you have. As a child, I marveled at my father’s ability to create such beautiful tile and masonry work. In the garden and the kitchen, my mother had a creative touch that amazed me and continues to inspire me to this day.
I am a product of that environment - a true creative spirit. No matter what hat I have worn in my life I pride myself in being an ideas person. I love to brainstorm and solve problems. I love art, color, fabrics, textures, anything related to using or appealing to the right side of my brain. I love the design process because it is tactile and interactive.
I have had a very full and wonderful career path that has led me to wear this current hat in Chartreuse. Each one of those careers has played a part in making my recent role in co-owning this company a successful one. My years working in sales and marketing for Johnson & Johnson and for a marketing consulting firm where I worked as a project manager, account executive and trainer all provided invaluable creative business experience. Working with large budgets for client’s such as Kraft General Foods, Children’s Miracle Network, and Crayola honed my project and financial management skill set.
Once married, my husband and I had the opportunity to live in Indonesia and later in England. We travelled all over Europe and that travel exposed me to different cultures and the design elements related with each of them. While living abroad, I studied in London and received a Montessori Teaching Degree. Montessori appealed to my sense of order and presenting things in a beautiful manner (not to mention my love for children and their play spaces). All of these experiences influenced my perspective and broadened my approach to design.
In addition to teaching in England, I also began helping my husband’s new hires find places to live when they relocated. I loved taking the furnished flats (apartments) and rearranging them to be more functional and aesthetically pleasing. My design plans created such excitement that I felt very rewarded! People started recognizing that I had an eye for design and began asking me for design advice - and so the seed was planted. I began helping lots of friends and family with renovations, designing new spaces, and rearranging existing spaces.
A couple of years later, we moved to Chapel Hill where I continued to help friends and family with decorating projects. This process fueled my love of design even more! I love wearing my current hat as a design consultant and get great satisfaction out of helping people realize their own dreams for their personal spaces. Your home should reflect who you are and I enjoy helping you achieve that goal.