"I don't expect to find inspiration. It just sort of comes. Sometimes you step on a bug and you get inspired." – Iris Apfel

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I’ve tossed around the idea of blogging for a while but the typical “what will I write about?” and “who will read it?” has always stopped me. Until now. I am constantly scouring the internet - reading, researching, dreaming. That may even be how you ended up here. I’ve learned so much thanks to other bloggers and now it’s my turn to give something back to this wonderful design community. I want to share what I’ve learned over 17 years in the industry and what I continue to learn as issues pop up, new products are introduced and trends change. Designers should never color in the lines but some “rules” do exist for a reason. I want you to understand why.

I entered the interior design industry back in 2001. I started by selling custom window treatments and soon found myself down the kitchen design rabbit hole. Years later, I have a love of cabinetry design and a hard drive full of cabinet porn. I will not be ashamed! I’ve been through the construction boom, the recession, sold over twenty lines of cabinetry for various companies (retailers, developers, custom home builders, design/build firms, interior design showrooms, etc.) and have seen the good, the bad and the just plain ugly. I have learned how to be a designer and not an order taker, that quality matters and good design is truly timeless.

Whether you are tackling designing your home on your own or a design enthusiast like me. This is a place you can ask questions, learn, find solutions and become inspired. I want this resource to empower you.

If you are a fellow designer, I hope you find answers and inspiration here as well. More importantly, I want us to hold each other accountable. Creatively, ethically and with a sense of camaraderie. For so long in this industry designers wouldn’t part with information and kept their resources closely guarded. Only recently has it become common for designers to share their knowledge. Some for free, some for a price, but always in the spirit of helping. I’m seeing it happen every day in Facebook groups, blogs, webinars, the list goes on. We can accomplish so much more, personally and professionally, by supporting each other.

So, in the words of the grande dame,


“I don't expect to find inspiration. It just sort of comes.”


I’m not sure what will inspire my writing here. It will come as clients ask questions, while I’m drawing a kitchen or reading about a new product. Whatever it is, I will share it here. What design questions do you have? What would you like to learn more about? Let me know in the comments. It might be my next blog post topic. While you’re here, subscribe to our mailing list so you don’t miss out on the latest and greatest!

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