WE ARE A CULMINATION OF OUR EXPERIENCES.
For decades, I have been designing, writing about, and photographing our world. I appreciate how detail and passion cultivate quality.
Growing up in Portland, Oregon, I gained an appreciation for global cuisine and design while also becoming a real language and culture nerd. I started taking Spanish in preschool, have studied French since the 6th grade, and even became the first Caucasian female sushi chef in Portland while learning to speak Japanese. Working to pay for school, I moved to Lake Tahoe for a fun summer of dealing cards that turned into a permanent move to California (with the bonus of a cool Italian-American guy who I would later marry). I finally completed my education and started my architectural design career.
I now live in the golden foothills of the Sierra Nevada, with my husband and two teenage boys—students who play competitive soccer. We are fortunate to travel as often as possible. I still love to experience culture, history, language, design, and food; I still write about and photograph the places I visit. And now, I use this knowledge to serve people who value artistry, culture, quality, and attention to detail.
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.
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.
Good food starts with quality ingredients—fresh, seasonal ingredients grown or raised as nature intended without additives or chemicals. Balance is fundamental.
Innovative solutions must support a complex world, be sustainable, preserve cultural heritage, and aid small, independent farmers, artisans, and businesses.
Designer + Photographer + Writer
Design | Travel | Living
Jan 2008 – Present
Creates high-quality, sustainable architectural plans and design solutions. Designs organized graphic layouts and content for print and web. Writes stories, takes photographs, and composes enriching web content focused on travel, architecture, food, cultural heritage.
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.
The Horizon Casino-Resort
Hospitality, South Lake Tahoe CA
June 1995 – August 1996
Dealt table games (blackjack, roulette, pai gow poker, let-it-ride) to high-limit guests in a hotel-resort.
Service + Catering + Sushi Chef
Japanese Restaurant, Portland OR
September 1991 – June 1995
Learned about detail, service, Japanese culture, and developed basic ability to communicate in Japanese.
Nordstrom + Pine Design
Fashion + European Antique Furniture, Portland OR
June 1990 – September 1991
Learned detail in displays and built high standards for quality and service.
Team Manager | Board Secretary
USA Stars Academy
Feb 2012 – Present
Supports soccer academy’s non-profit vision and creates its design graphics and layouts.
Art Docent | Art Instructor
Oak Meadow Elementary
Sept 2008 – May 2016
Taught “Meet the Masters” art program to K-5 elementary school students.
Bachelor of Arts, Interior Architecture
California State University, Sacramento
Graduated Cum Laude Dec 1999
Aug 1997 – Dec 1999
Academic Achievement Award
The Hogue Scholarship
ASID student member, publicity chair, treasurer
Additional Photography and Cultural History
Associate of Arts
San Joaquin Delta College, CA
Graduated May 1997
Aug 1996 – May 1997
Portland Community College, OR
Sept 1990 – May 1995 (part-time)
Academic Focuses: Design, Art, Photography, Writing, Foreign Language (French and Japanese)