A little about me – I’m a California native and grew up about an hour away from Yosemite National Park in a sweet small community called Oakhurst. Hiking, nature and shopping at our one clothing store are what my “norm” was growing up. Being around a lot of nature and no television (my mom decided on no TV when I was about 10. I’m one of the few that grew up without TV until I went to college. So crazy! ), left a lot of room to dream, think and explore. I knew when I was younger I always wanted to make a difference in peoples lives, share my story, and “move” somewhere. I never knew where, but I knew this was a must. I was never the little girl who was dreaming of her one day wedding or the number of children she would mother. I was the girl thinking about how she would buy a house on her own, own a car that her parents didn’t buy her and get a college education that would help me to travel the world. When I was 18 I moved down (about an hour from Oakhurst) to Fresno, CA and went to college at California State University, Fresno where I received a BA in Interior Design.
I’ve always had a huge passion for art and architecture. Since I was a kid, I was constantly re-doing my bedroom and changing the styles. It was one of my favorite things to do! I also use to create the space with next to nothing for a budget. Growing up around my mother’s artwork and constant art supplies also lead me to play, practice, and learn to express myself through art. We use to paint, draw or craft for hours together and it was our way of connecting. In college, I took more Art, Art History, Design, Humanities classes than I can count and It truly opened my eyes up to the greater world of design that was out there. It also sparked a huge interest in traveling to other countries because I wanted to see these buildings/paintings that my professors were teaching me about. I wanted to touch the Colosseum in Rome, stand in awe of the Mona Lisa in Paris, see the whimsical castles in Scotland. The other reason I got so interested in travel is because of my father’s love for it. He grew up in a family of world travelers, and I grew up hearing stories about these amazing far away places. Thank you, mom for teaching me about Art and being open to creativity. Thank you, dad for pushing me in education and taking my brother and me in the back of your RV every summer so that we could see places that we had never seen before.
The three towns I grew up in.
Yosemite National Park
Post-college to now, myself at 31, there are so many stories to fill you in on in between: Failed relationships, diagnosis of an illness, Traveling the world (touching the ancient Colosseum, standing in awe of how tiny The Mona Lisa really is, freezing my butt off at a Scottish castle and so on), Buying my first home/car at 25, Getting my first big kid job and staying there for 7 years!, being an interior designer, meeting my amazing Cameron, marrying Cameron, moving across the country with Cameron, learning to accept myself the way God made me, opening myself up to others so they can hopefully, in turn, be more open to life and others as well.
I now reside in a small coastal town in Connecticut where my husband, Cameron and I own a 200 year old house (for real) on two acres. We have two pups, a Goldendoodle named, Lincoln and the sweetest Pitbull you will ever meet, Cadam. New England has an incredibly rich history and I’ve been having a blast exploring and learning about all of the amazing things this side of the country has to offer. I try to design as much as possible, read at the beach as much as possible, and kiss my puppies as much as possible (and Cam too).