Becoming the co-founder of an interior design firm was not something I thought would be part of my career path. I always knew I was a problem solver and enjoyed helping others. However, developing a business focused on promoting new concepts and ideas to provide design solutions was not always the clear path for me. Taking note of several experiences in my life helped me realize my passion for design and solidified the decision to start a design business.
Life experiences have taught me to appreciate that design has a recognizable effect on your emotions, mood, and perception. Like many people, I have felt the use of certain colors have a strong psychological impact, generating or enhancing moods. However, I did not realize how objects, lighting, and the overall space of our environments subconsciously affect our day-to-day lives. I began to understand that design is NOT simply what it looks like or feels like, but instead, as Steve Jobs said, “design is how it works.” I wanted to develop a deeper understanding of how design works! So, with the support of my family, I enrolled in the Interior Design Program at the University of Cincinnati.
In design school, I learned much more than just design. The demands and workload required to complete the program helped me discover the importance in finding a harmonious relationship between family and work. Through education, I learned the benefits in a lifelong practice of learning and always challenging myself and continuing to grow. Most importantly, I learned to be aware of the opportunities around me and be open to pursuing them.
The most recent impactful experience was the declining health and physical capabilities of close family members. This has helped me realize my passion for universal design. Being aware of the changes we go through as we age and applying this idea when working on a project allows me to help others in creating a space that is functional now and adaptable for the future. Understanding these aging in place concepts are not just for seniors or individuals with limited physical abilities – it makes living easier and more comfortable for all ages and ability levels. So, it’s time to pursue the next learning opportunity and become a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist.
I am looking forward to many more opportunities to help others facilitate their ideas and apply creative solutions for functional spaces.