Behind the Door
Photography by Addie Ladner
Hi! After spending 15 years in Washington, DC working in higher education, my husband and I decided to relocate our growing family back to my hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. While I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of living in both Italy and Scotland as well as DC, I’m a proud Tar Heel grad and happy to be back in my stomping grounds. I’m addicted to Mexican food and HGTV. I am in my happy place when I have a glass of red wine in hand, but nothing brings me more joy than my two young kids and husband. My family is my main job and first love; interior design is my second.
One of my favorite things about interior design is the challenge of mixing in antique pieces or furniture that you already have and finding a way to make them function better with our modern lifestyle. I’m a huge advocate of mixing styles, periods, patterns and colors. I also love the thrill of scoring a good bargain or a truly unique find which is why I frequently shop for vintage pieces.
To me, design should be meaningful, purposeful and possess the ability to evolve as your life does. I believe your home should reflect the things that make you happy. I also understand (and fully appreciate!) the importance of working within a budget. Making your house a home that you can be proud of does not have to cost an arm and a leg. Often just a simple shelf restyling or moving some furniture around can breathe new life into a space. I’m a firm believer in working with what you have first and building from there. Lastly, designing your home should be fun! Don’t feel bad though if it isn’t fun for you. That’s where I can come in.
I absolutely love sourcing and shopping for the perfect pieces, experimenting with layouts and color choices and helping others create a space that is uniquely theirs. Whether you want to breathe life back into your bedroom, make your living area more functional, restore order to your kids’ playroom or totally redecorate your home, I’d love to help. For a glimpse of my style and my inspirational sources, hop on to my blog, Adorned Abode, and see for yourself.