I started Grand Design Group in 1988 to share my passion for Beauty, Order and Gracious Living. Interior Design is so much more than "a look" or "a pretty room". Our surroundings have a tremendous impact on our daily lives. Having the opportunity to share in our clients lives is a privilege –understanding their lifestyle, needs and personal preferences is my first priority and the foundation we build on.
Interior Design is my second career. I spent 14 years in the insurance and financial planning industry – receiving my CLU and ChFC designations from the American College in 1983 and 1985. This past experience has proved to be invaluable in managing the complexities of an interior design firm. I went back to school in 1990 to study interior design at Columbus College of Art and Design. CEU's and seminars, furniture markets and travel keep me current, challenge my thinking and inspire me. My philosophy "stretch yourself" keeps my creativity and ideas flowing.
I have an innate feel for scale, proportion and balance. Color sense and the layering of texture and pattern are particular strengths. My organizational skills and pragmatic approach allow me to orchestrate the big picture and still capture the details that bring a space to life.
I have received numerous design and merchandising awards over the years and in 2010 received the honor of being inducted into the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio's Hall of Fame.
I am a member of American Society of Interior Design (ASID); The Building Association of Central Ohio (10 year board member); NAHB Sales and Marketing Council; Professional Women in Building Council; and Franklin Park Conservatory Women's Board.
When not indulging in my passion for Interior Design, I enjoy cooking and entertaining (especially setting a table), reading (a preference for real books not e-books), exploring art galleries and museums and spending time with family and friends.
I joined Grand DesignGroup during the summer of 2006 after graduating from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology and major in Interior Design. To further advance my education in design I studied the historic interiors of London at the American Intercontinental University of London England.
I have a passion for design, appreciation of quality and aesthetics, and enjoy building relationships with clients. I research and study the latest trends in building materials and furnishings to ensure I am up to date. I have a strong sense of color, pattern, texture as well as space planning and enjoy bringing these strengths to every project. I feel that one of my greatest assets is my ability to listen and understand the client's wants and needs and to be able to translate them into beautiful, functional spaces that reflect their personality.
As a member of the Building Industry Association, Professional Women in Building Council, The Rotaract Club of Columbus, and the Columbus Young Professionals Club I continue my education as well as network with industry partners and individuals of various businesses.
My professional experience includes more than fifteen years of working in the field of accounting and finance in both the private and public fields of the industry. I received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from The Ohio State University. While my strengths center around analytical and organizational skills, I have an interest in design and love the energy produced working in a creative environment. I joined Grand DesignGroup in 2009 as their office manager and daily accountant.
While most people don't have a passion for numbers and financial details, I love to work with companies and help them quantify their business and understand their financial position to have the strongest company possible. I have enjoyed working with large corporations, such as Limited Express and IPM Corporation, as well as small organizations during my years in public accounting learning from all.
I have been fortunate to use my skills for philanthropic purpose as well as business. My associations with Children's Hospital's "Circle of Friends" Foundation as well as years on the finance committee for The New Albany Plain Local School District have been beyond rewarding.