Photo by Jessica Lutz

Photo by Jessica Lutz

As a designer, I use composition as a photographer or a painter would, juxtaposing light and dark to create shadow and line. My rooms combine beauty and function in a way that is streamlined, inviting and timeless.

My designs are about living graciously and gracefully, transcending trends and engaging the senses. I believe an interior should reflect and nurture the individual, and I strive to avoid the trappings of formality and make comfort a priority. I mix found objects, antiques and contemporary pieces with tactile elements and art, and work with artists and artisans to create unique spaces.

Beauty can be imperfect, modest and unconventional. I’m influenced by artists Twombly, Rothko, Giacometti, Tawney, Cornell, Beuys, Goldsworthy and Turrell; photographers Tina Modotti, William Christenberry, and Walker Evans; and writers Henry David Thoreau, Isak Dinesen and William Faulkner.

My approach to design is artistic, not commercial, and based on a sensual balance of the time-honored with the curious. With a focus on the intersection of health, sustainability and social consciousness, I create spaces that nurture the soul. I use objects, materials and color to create magic, beauty and light. It's a philosophy that translates well into any setting. I enjoy a diverse range of projects, from primitive to industrial, individual to corporate, large to small. I believe that simple elegance is as interesting and valuable as an awe-inspiring dramatic environment.