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Welcome back to my Designer Q&A Series where I give you some insight into my design process to help you make an informed decision as you research hiring a designer for your next project! Today, I'm talking about inspiration!

Q. Where do you get inspiration and ideas for your design projects?

A. As a world traveller, I connect to places that I have lived in, travelled to or would love to travel to! I have lived in Dubai, had a family vacation home in Cognac, France for a decade and live 10 minutes north of the Mexican border in Southern California and have clients on both sides of the border. These experiences continue to inspire me and my design aesthetic.

I find inspiration playing a tourist in my own city of San Diego. I love to visit the museums in Balboa Park, art galleries throughout the city and of course the beach!


I find inspiration from my clients stories, heirloom furnishings and art collections.

I find inspiration visiting multi-family communities here in town. They are always so well designed for the lifestyle of the people that live there.

Bohemian Bedroom

I also find inspiration from local restaurants, boutique hotels, coffee houses and shops. One time I came across a newly painted building as I was window shopping and I was so inspired by the exterior paint, I used the paint colors for a bohemian bedroom project that I was working on!

Global Mood Board

I travel across country on buying trips to the various furniture markets like Las Vegas Market and High Point Market in North Carolina as well as KBIS, the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. I'm inspired by the new products and innovations that I see at there in the various showrooms as well as the showrooms themselves.

I'm also inspired by the functionality of space. Since form and function work hand in hand, sometimes just knowing what a space will be used for is enough to inspire a ton of ideas!

If you want to continue the conversation head over to the Contact Tab so that we can talk about your next project!


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