When I was 4, my parents gave me a beautiful handmade dollhouse. Each wooden shingle was split and and applied by hand, my mother crafted the railing to the wrap around porch, and painted it white. My father painted the trim of the two story Victorian to match our home in Santa Barbara. My grandmother even created the mini linen bedding, including a canopy and dust ruffle for the four poster bed. I spent hours each week, immersed in that miniature world, making sure the table was set to show a meal had been eaten, or that the bed was authentically rumpled, to show that family had just risen. I loved everything about that dollhouse, and it's representation of the values my parents instilled in me- the importance of craftsmanship, appreciation for detail, and authenticity.
The homes we create hold the memories that make up our lives. The meals, the moments, the everyday comings and goings; they are the rhythms and rituals that define our space as uniquely itself. And the things we have in our homes-- -- a letter from your mother congratulating you on your first job, the yield from a garden you planted with your son. Your wedding china. Your grandmother's christmas cookie recipe. These things have history attached to them, memories built into the sight and feel of them. My mission is to create items that deserve to contain your memories, ones that are worthy of being held on to. From wedding invitations made with fine cotton stock, to the embroidered linen handkerchief receiving your father's tears of joy on the day. These things are important to save, not only to create future memories, but to enrich every moment as we live them.
As we marry, we make a new kind of shelter-one built by providing for each other; giving and receiving as a couple. I believe there's a joyous magic in the joining of lives and creating new memories together. It's my deep appreciation for this process and your personal narrative that allows me to create designs that authentically tell your love stories.
Today, I make my home in Chicago with my husband, our two sons, and our dog, Hobbes.