What is your background in?
In 2006 I earned a furniture design degree and began my journey which has been slightly different from my original intent. I didn’t set out looking to be a children’s furniture designer but somehow it found me. I started with a small baby & child startup in my hometown of Carlsbad, CA which set me up on a path in the world of children’s furniture. Before landing at MDB I spent almost a decade designing for Pottery Barn Kids in San Francisco as well as helping launch West Elm Kids.
What is your design style?
I am a true believer that nurseries and children's rooms are an extension of the home and should reflect the overall aesthetic and style while still being playful and fun. Through the brands that I have designed for, I have learned to be very fluid with my style as trends and demands change. I love keeping up with all worlds of design... lighting, fashion, architecture and incorporate both timeless elements as well as new and upcoming trends. My own home is always evolving and adapting as well to keep up with the changing needs. I strive to find the balance between comfort and aesthetics.
What inspires you?
Inspiration comes from all around me... print, internet, a morning walk. I love infusing details or materials that are unexpected therefore I intentionally look outside the bubble and incorporate things that feel familiar yet unique to the market. From a more functional standpoint, my two young kids, Matisse and Paloma, have completely changed the way I design. They help me see products through their eyes, which allows me to foresee any potential dangers as well as having a better understanding of what elements excite them.
What do you like to do for fun?
I love being creative outside my day job and using my hands. My home is a constant project where I get to explore my DIY skills. I love slowing down life with my family and capturing those simple moments that are often overlooked. We love the beach, neighborhood walks and watching movies together.