For the last 30 years, interior design, elegant entertaining and DIY projects have been my passion aside from raising my two children! I have owned and operated two interior design companies completing over 100 projects for residential and commercial clients. I have also helped clients prepare their properties for the market for sale through remodeling and providing staging. In the midst of all of this, I also enjoyed being the featured designer for the DIY Channel’s “Ultimate Sportsman’s Lodge” Series…a true adventure!!
In my personal life, I have been passionate about entertaining from a very young age! Whether it is a small intimate, multi-course dinner for 8, a wine tasting party, a rehearsal dinner for 60, I have always fully embraced any and all functions as an artistic outlet and as a way to fully embrace our guests. I pride myself on designing beautiful table settings, creative and cost-effective menus, and pleasing presentations all without breaking the bank! I prefer using my “bank” for shoes and bags!! I will also enjoy sharing ways to broaden your inventory of serving ware, table settings and decorations that will surely delight!
While giving my time to my passions and as a community volunteer, I have also chaired many large non-profit charity functions both in my hometown of Dallas, Texas and many here in Denver, Colorado. As I have managed these large events and budgets, I have developed many cost-saving ideas for decorations, menus and party favors that have benefited me in my own entertaining at home and elsewhere. You would be surprised how many applications overlap!!
Thank you for joining me on this journey!!
Here are a few favorites and tidbits about me…
Hometown…Dallas, TX (my parents were also born and raised there!)
Graduated from…Baylor University (as a Tri Delt!)
Favorite Bible Verse…Philippians 4:13
Some of my philanthropic passions…
Homelessness, especially with regard to families (The Gathering Place)
Student Tuition Aid (Trinity Christian Academy and Valor Christian High School)
Breast Cancer Research (Susan Komen Foundation)
Childhood Pediatric Cancer Research (Morgan Adams Foundation and Team Connor Childhood Cancer Foundation)
Parent Involvement in Education (Project PEAK)
Retina and Eye Disease Research (Retina Foundation of the Southwest – Dallas, Texas)
Favorite Interior Designer…NATE BURKUS!! And…Julie Guidry (mad skills!!), of J. Guidry Designs – Dallas, TX
Favorite Shoe Designers…Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo
Favorite Dallas Restaurants…Mi Cocina, Javier’s and Mirador
Favorite Denver Restaurants…Sushi Den and Snooze (for breakfast)
Favorite Stores…Neiman Marcus, Nordstroms, HomeGoods and Trader Joes
My biggest inspiration…my mother!
Best things Denver has to offer…the Highline Canal, 300 days of sunshine and all 4 seasons!
Favorite mountain town…Snowmass/Aspen
Last Meal?…Heidi Mellin’s lamb chops!!
Favorite Salad…Kale Salad at The White House in Aspen, CO
Home Style…an eclectic mix of contemporary, classic furnishings and antiques (family antiques, especially)
Favorite Flower…Peonies…especially the ones that come straight from my yard!
Favorite sports/activities…Polo, golf, and yoga
Favorite thing to do…spend time with my family and friends over a great meal!