Dear Miss Modern.
I am often asked how I got into this, and what my “secret” is… (do I look like I have a secret)? Well here it is: This is fun for me. Super fun. When I was 13, I started setting up my bedroom as an “office” and invented about a million pretend businesses. I would always pretended that I was a fancy designer. I never went school for design: I taught myself by doing it, and learning what I needed to along the way. I have always been aware of the impact of good design, and how it can make you instantly feel something. I can’t think of very many things that make me happier than being a designer and running the show. Being in business for yourself is the very best. I didn’t own a computer until I was about 24 – never even used one. (that sounds so crazy, right)? Here’s what I think the secret is: there is no secret except hard work, be good at what you do, don’t be intimidated by others, look straight ahead and keep going forward. If what you’re doing doesn’t work, try something else. Break the rules, follow your intuition, and don’t question yourself too much.
I work with lots and lots of photographers, so it’s kind of funny that I’m such a bad one. (Although I am getting better lately). Above are a few of my instagram shots, and that photo of me? A quick selfie (ack, I know)! I can tell you what would make a pretty picture, but my technical photography skills leave a little to be desired…. thank goodness for photo filters.
A list of things I love, in totally random order:
Art, really strong coffee, thrift stores, decorating, finding new ways to do things, books, magazines (I read Vanity Fair religiously, and still cry over the end of Domino), the internet, working, champagne, diet coke, fondue, confident people, fresh flowers, the smell of basil, New York, Andy Warhol, Wes Anderson, learning something new, pink pencils (with my name on them), and fondue. Again. Because that’s how much I love it.