What made you decide to start your blog?
I’m a design blog addict. I love reading about what’s going on in the industry and seeing what new designs are out there. A few years back I realized there wasn’t a lot of design blogs talking about small spaces. I’ve lived in a 400sqft apartment before so I know decorating a small space is no picnic. This led me to create Shoebox Decor.
How long have you been decorating and styling homes? What kind of educational background got you to where you are now?
I’ve been decorating homes for about five years now. While attending design school at Rhodec International I did an internship with a local designer and decided right then and there I wanted to work for myself. I think being an Aries also played a big part in that decision. Before design I worked in PR. I thought it would help in my current field but for some strange reason I find it easier to market other people than myself.
I love doing charity projects. It’s one of the most fulfilling aspects of my life. Last February I and several designers helped design a drop in center for teens to find a meal, get some shelter for a few hours, meet with a therapist or find a place to sleep for the night. The center is located in Venice, CA and is run by Lauri Burns. I had the honor of decorating the reception area which is the first thing the teens see when they enter. I wanted to create something that would put them at ease and make them feel welcomed. It was a wonderful project to be a part of and a great way to use my skills to give back to the community.
Fabric design has become my new passion. I started out just creating a few patterns I wanted to use in my home, and then I got hooked. I love traditional patterns but I wanted to see them have a playful twist. I know not everyone will love the colors I pick for my designs, which is why I made most of my designs customizable. Like Cinderella, I know one size doesn’t fit all. Jessica and Fred are my favorite designs. They are chic and playful. And I love the way they pop.
Don’t sweat the small stuff. There is an answer for every question, just Google it… Network, network, network. Yes, you are that good. And finally, family comes first.