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What's a recent project that you're still excited about?
I completed a project in Rising Hills a few months ago, and I'm still basking in the afterglow of the project. We took a 1980s kitchen and transformed it into a gorgeous, family-oriented space for function and entertainment. The family room is visible from the kitchen, so there's always a sense that no one is too far away and is always within plain view. Yet each space is clearly defined and has its purpose. The use of natural materials like travertine, onyx and glass creates a warm and inviting environment, while the strong contemporary lines of the space lend itself to a transitional style of design.
Is everything in your design process digital or do you draw by hand?
I have yet to draw by hand; I love that everything is digital nowadays. I think designs look cleaner using digital software, and nothing gets lost because it is all neatly stored on my computer or hard drive.
This image shows the actual execution of the living room. I love this room because it utilizes a number of gray-based neutrals that are very on trend. The room comes alive with splashes of orange, peacock blue and chartreuse accessories and pillows. I love how this room also gives a nod to Pantone's 2012 Color of the Year, Tangerine Tango.
Which city has inspired your work?
Being that I am from Austin, Texas, I don't see myself living anywhere else; this city is so incredibly inspiring. Austin is one of the most amazing cities in the United States; it's an incredible town that has a healthy mix of government, technology and education. And the landscape is so picturesque; we are nestled in the Texas Hill Country and a branch of the Colorado River, which makes for spectacular sunsets and highway drives.
What else inspires you?
I let my clients be my inspiration. The clients I have worked with are so uniquely different from each other. We as designers must remember that we are not designing for ourselves — we are designing for our clients. In every project, my clients inspire me with their culture, passions and life experiences. I definitely have my own set of personal interests, but it is not for me to inject them into my design for my client. What I bring to the table is my experience and knowledge of design.
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