Years of work as an architectural designer and traveler deepen my appreciation for heritage and language, expand my creativity and education, and encourage an open mind and heart.

Global Traveler, Designer, Photographer, and Writer

Traveling with my family is my greatest joy. My husband and I live with our two boys in California’s Sierra Nevada foothills. Along with experiencing great places, over the past decade, my husband and I have been fortunate to watch our boys play competitive soccer throughout California, the West Coast of the US, and in Europe.

My passion for architecture, travel, and food has influenced my life as a designer, writer, photographer, and student of language—mainly French, Spanish, Italian and Japanese—and all cultures. As an enthusiast of significant experiences, wide-ranging cuisines, and craftsmanship, I celebrate quality and authenticity.

I have spent two decades designing spaces and homes by combining beauty with function, which has expanded my views on architecture, interiors, and development. In both design and travel, I focus on the journey—space to space, culture to culture. I’m inspired by innovation in balance with tradition. I’m shaped by my global experiences. Photography and writing are my creative expressions, my perspective of the world, and what moves me.

Be the change you wish to see in the world.

MAHATMA GANDHI

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Expertise

I create spaces.

I travel the world.

I capture beauty and details. 

I compose stories and ideas.

PHILOSOPHY

Design Philosophy

A carefully planned design produces well-considered spaces and details that will be more functional and enjoyed longer, saving time and money. Focal points, materials, textures, and colors create visual interest.

Travel Philosophy

To understand other cultures and languages, my aim is to experience the world without judgment, seeing life through different eyes, honoring other customs, ways of communicating. Knowledge promotes understanding.

Food Philosophy

Good food starts with quality ingredients—fresh, seasonal ingredients grown or raised as nature intended without additives or chemicals. Balance is fundamental.

Sustainability

Innovative solutions must support a complex world, be sustainable, preserve cultural heritage, and aid small, independent farmers, artisans, and businesses.

Experience

Designer | Photographer | Writer

AMG Inspired
Design | Travel | Living

Current – Jan 2008

Creates high-quality, sustainable plans and design solutions. Designs organized graphic layouts and content for print and web. Writes stories, takes photographs, and composes web content focused on travel, architecture, food, cultural heritage.

Commercial Designer

Lionakis
Architecture, Sacramento CA

Sept 1999 – Sept 2007

CCIDC Certified Interior Designer
LEED Accredited Professional
Designed architectural interiors for commercial clients (restaurants, office spaces, government, healthcare); created concepts, space plans, and 3D models.

Kitchen + Bath Designer

J.I.L. Design Group
Interior Design, Sacramento CA

Nov 1997 – Dec 1998

Designed elegant, effective solutions for residential kitchen and bath renovations.

Service + Catering + Sushi Chef

Koji Osaka-ya
Japanese Restaurant, Portland OR

June 1991 – June 1995

Provided a high standard of service and detail while developing basic Japanese language communications.

VOLUNTEER

Team Manager | Board Secretary

USA Stars Academy

Current – Feb 2012

Supports the academy’s vision and creates design graphics and layouts.

Art Docent | Art Instructor

Oak Meadow Elementary

Sept 2008 – May 2016

Taught the “Meet the Masters” art program to K-5 elementary school students.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts, Interior Architecture

California State University, Sacramento

Graduated Cum Laude Dec 1999

Academic Achievement Award
The Hogue Scholarship
ASID student member, publicity chair, treasurer

Associate of Arts

San Joaquin Delta College, CA
(Portland Community College, OR)

Graduated May 1997

Academic Focuses: Design, Art, Photography, Writing, Foreign Language (French and Japanese)

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