First and foremost, I have always been an artist. From the time I could walk I was making things, and I have been painting and drawing for most of my life. As a kid I made my own books, puppets, Halloween costumes, macrame plant hangers (yes, I’m that old) and I never met a hot glue gun I didn’t like. Creativity has always had a way of coming out of me whether I encourage it or not. It has never been something that I choose to do, it is simply something that I AM.
So naturally, I graduated from art school and embarked on a long, lucrative, soul-crushing career in advertising. I made several attempts to quit and was almost successful the year that I worked for a small interior design firm, but was sidelined due to motherhood and, truth be told, I could never fully wrap my mind around the need for a $500 doorknob. Eventually I hit the wall and quit advertising for good. All I knew was that I wanted to do something that made me happy, that would feed my creative soul, and that would help others. One career counselor, one business school program and one year later, I came full circle and realized that what I really am is a house whisperer.
I’ve never met a room I couldn’t rearrange and make better, I’ve got an eye for the unusual, and I’ve actually been helping my friends with their homes for years. I have also lived through periods in my life where I shopped with abandon as well as lean times where I scaled way back and cut out all the extras. It has made me acutely aware of the concept of “enough” and given me a sense of what it really means to achieve balance in a home. And because I am a manic Craig’s Lister and slavishly devoted to donating, I live the truth of “one man’s trash” as it relates to helping those less fortunate and saving our poor planet. To bring this love of the mindful but beautiful home to many, and give back in the process, is my idea of bliss, and how House Whole came to be.
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