I am an interior designer and interior design blogger and writer living in the Belle Haven area of Alexandria, Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC with my husband, daughter, and three adorable dogs Harper, Margot, and Izzy.
I have had an indirect path to a career in interior design. I grew up in Lake Forest, Illinois amidst the grandest homes of the Chicago area designed by architects like David Adler and decorated by the likes of his sister Frances Elkins, designer of the iconic loop chair, a great favorite of mine.
The Marshall Field’s Estate in Lake Forest
A Frances Elkins Loop Chair
I am certain that much of my design aesthetic was formed during this period, with my love of classic and traditional interiors and of course Chinoiserie. Interestingly, I grew up in a mid century modern home with rosewood, teak, black leather, and abstract art. I do have a sweet spot for mid century modern, as well, and love to incorporate it into my designs.
A Room I Designed Incorporating Mid Century Modern and Chinoiserie
I attended prep school in Lake Forest at Ferry Hall/Lake Forest Academy and then came East for college at Bryn Mawr. One of my my two majors was American Studies and I studied American decorative arts at Winterthur and the great museums of Philadelphia. I then came to DC for law school at George Washington University and worked for a private law firm, the Department of Justice, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
After the birth of my daughter Kate, I stopped practicing law. Then in 2009, I began my blog Chinoiserie Chic incorporating my love of interior design and Chinoiserie. I have always helped family and friends decorate their homes, and after launching my blog starting taking on clients.
I now have my own interior design business representing clients in the DC metropolitan area and all over the country through eDesign.
I am also about to launch an online store selling vintage items specializing in Chinoiserie.
My Laundry Room
If you follow Chinoiserie Chic, you know I love all things Chinoiserie. My style also includes color, blue and white rooms and blue and white Chinese porcelain, incorporating antiques and vintage pieces, attention to detail, wallpaper, books, bar carts, and whimsical items.
As you might imagine, many clients come to me with a love of Chinoiserie - some have wonderful antique and vintage pieces, often inherited, they would like to infuse with a fresh and modern vibe, others have traditional homes and would like to bring in modern Chinoiserie pieces.
I would love to hear from you about your home projects: