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. Iā€™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.