Updated: Oct 11, 2019
On a quiet palm tree lined street, in a mid-century bungalow, you'll find me in my in-home design studio. Everyday is different; I always have multiple projects in different phases so I could be, working on a concept for a whole home or room, meeting with artists and tradesmen or taking myself on an Artist Date somewhere in the city for inspiration.
One thing is certain, I love to start my days with a visit to my local coffee house, Grind House, for an almond milk latte and to chit chat with some of the locals.
Sourcing is not shopping like most people know it. In fact, it's one of the most important aspects of our work.
I travel all over the country to trade shows at least five times a year because I'm seeking new and interesting pieces for the designs I'm working on. It's equally important for me to connect locally with local artists, muralists, digital artists and craftspeople. I take the time to look over their collections, and let them tell me their story and inspiration behind their brand. More importantly, I like to know if there is an opportunity to collaborate and custom create something for a project. This week, I went to visit one of my favorite vendors, Impact Visual Arts, in their new studio. They have custom created many murals, artwork and signs for my projects in the past but visiting their new studio gets my creative juices flowing for future projects.
Conceptualizing is an equally an important part of my day. I am blessed to have a wide variety of projects that I am working on at any one given time. Here at RMI, I am continuously reinventing interior spaces and developing new strategies.
Currently, I am the sole Designer at RMI. I take the quality of my projects to heart and work with an extended team of subcontractors who share this same value. I meet with them often to brainstorm our latest plans and ideas. It is one of my favorite times because I love collaborating! My husband, Michael, is also a part of my RMI team but his focus is on the business and financial end of the business.
The days fill up quickly with so many meetings, site visits, sourcing, conceptualizing and design time and I would not want to have it any other way.