Choux. A spin-off of a french term of endearment meaning darling. “Chou Chou”, my nickname, evokes a fond personal memory of my childhood where music and art played an important role.
As many people in the industry, I fell in love with design at a very early age. My parents knew I needed a "fix" when they would hear the screech of furniture being pushed around in my room above. Although I pursued a business marketing degree, I have used that knowledge exclusively in the design industry for the last 20 years. My career began with an internship at an interior design firm in college, landing a job at Ralph Lauren Corporate for the 8 years following graduation, to Benjamin Moore Paints, then on to help my favorite designer, Darryl Carter, launch his new store and studio in Washington, DC.
In 2007 shortly after becoming a Mom I, launched an online children's business, Little Choux, where I joined my love of design and quality sourcing unique decor and toys from all over the world. I styled rooms, designed custom products and threw themed parties for promotional collateral - tying together my love of interior design, marketing and product development.
Over five years ago my husband and I felt the pull from the fast paced city life to fresh air and country living, so we picked up and moved our family to the Virginia countryside. Anticipating a renovation, we purchased a tiny farmhouse built in 1901 in major need of updating. With the help of an architect, builder and a lot of sweat equity, we have slowly turned our home into a modern farmhouse full of unique finds.
My work, personal and travel experiences have influenced my style and grown my appreciation for every design detail, found object and work of art. I understand the building process, have even designed and constructed a few things myself which guides me in making informed decisions that affect budget and style in every client project.
I love to design spaces that are crisp yet comfortable, have a distinct purpose and tell a unique story. Whether you are looking to redesign your home or simply receive a design consultation, I would love to discuss your space and share how I can help enliven your vision.