Choux. A spin-off of a french term of endearment meaning darling. It also 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 as an internship in an interior design firm in college, to 8 years at Ralph Lauren Corporate, 6 years at Benjamin Moore Paints managing alliance partnerships with the William Sonoma brands (Pottery Barn, West Elm), Kravet and more, to helping my favorite designer, Darryl Carter, launch his new store and studio in Washington, DC.
In 2007 after becoming a Mom I, launched an online children's business, Little Choux ("little darlings"). While the business is no longer active, I sourced uniquely designed decor and toys from all over the world.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.
Then nearly four 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 teeny tiny farmhouse built in 1901 in major need of updating. With the help of Clites Architects, SNL Builders and a lot of sweat equity, we are slowly turning our home into a modern farmhouse full of unique finds.
My experiences at Ralph Lauren, Benjamin Moore and Darryl Carter 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 built a few projects myself (which I have begun to share on my blog), and therefore can make informed decisions that affect budget and style.
I like to design spaces that are crisp yet comfortable, have a distinct purpose and even tell a story. Whether you are looking to redesign your home or simply receive a design consultation, I would love to discuss your space and see how I might help implement your vision.