I’m fairly sure that my love for building things started with my grandfather when I was really young. I was lucky enough to live directly across the street from my grandparents, and the smell of sawdust still reminds me of my grandfather to this day. He had a workshop in his basement, and watching him fix and make things is as vivid a memory as watching my grandmother baking and cooking in the kitchen. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that as an adult, I love doing all of those things. If I’m not building something or convincing my husband that we need another power tool, then I’m sketching out a new design for a room in our house, baking my daughter’s favorite cake, or searching for the perfect lamp in a flea market. Vintage items are really special to me, because I love to think about the history associated with them – Who used this before me? What were they like? Did they like cake as much as I do? ( I like cake – a lot. It’s important to me). I’m also a sucker for mid-century modern design – the clean lines make my type A personality feel calm and serene, which is not an easy thing to accomplish. The older I get, the more I appreciate the history and personal importance of what I surround myself with. My home is filled with art created by people I know and love, and I love mixing vintage items and furniture, with contemporary and modern objects. It’s an eclectic mix, but it fits my personality perfectly.
On the day I moved into my college dorm, I was prepared with several different floor plans of the room, complete with measurements and design options. I think my roommate wanted to kill me! Three years (and countless design changes later), I graduated from Penn State with a degree in advertising and a minor in business and liberal arts, and more coffee than anyone should consume in a lifetime. I love watching my parents redo our homes and tackle many design projects. My love for decorating and designing spaces has continued to grow. While most my age are out shopping for clothes, you can find me at Home Goods looking for candles, wall art and home accessories (they even know my dog! Did you know that you can take your dog to Home Goods? You totally can!). I have had the pleasure of working alongside interior designers in Atlanta, GA and now am breaking into the world of real estate and home decorating in my hometown of State College, PA. I can’t imagine living and working anywhere else and I can’t wait to help you transform your space!
Miss Paisley really found her love for decorating the moment she stepped her paws into Home Goods. The pillows, the furniture, the pretty dog bowls….what’s not to love? She continues to have a fascination with furry blankets and shaggy rugs, and will help us transform your space into a place that even your four legged family members will enjoy!
Charles’ love for design really started early in his puppy life when he chewed on his first pillow. The fabric, the stuffing, the delicious scent… he just couldn’t get enough! When not giving input on our latest plans, you can find Mr. Charles lounging on the sofa watching HGTV, enjoying a bully stick, or relaxing on his favorite duvet cover.