I was born in San Jose, California but my family moved to Louisiana at such a young age my only memories of California come from the vacations and frequent visits to see family. Much of my family still lives in California from Northern California to Southern California. During visits with family we always spent time outdoors either on the beaches, in the mountains, or in the redwood forests so I grew up with an appreciation for nature which has impacted me as a designer by instilling the importance of nature and protecting the environment. When possible, I look for green building solutions and materials to incorporate into projects. It has also influenced my design style because I love blurring the line between indoor and outdoor living spaces because I do not believe they should be inherently separate.
I grew up in Louisiana in small towns outside of New Orleans. I spent my most influential years engulfed in the culture. The struggles Louisiana has faced have had a large impact on who I am. Hurricane Katrina taught me resilience and that getting knocked down is a part of life but to always get back up and come back stronger than before. When South Carolina faced historic flooding Baton Rouge and LSU taught me humility and the importance of always paying it forward. The lessons Louisiana has taught me still influence me today and Louisiana is the place I call home.
I spent my childhood summers in even smaller farm towns in Indiana where hard work is a part of every day life. Indiana also taught me how to overcome adversity and the importance of knowing who you are rather than who people say you are. Indiana gave me confidence in myself. Every place I have lived in has taught me something and shaped the person I am today.
Before moving back to Louisiana, I spent 10+ years living in Washington State. It is beautiful and much like Louisiana, it has taught me so much. From California to Louisiana, Indiana, and Washington, I have been exposed to numerous cultures and lifestyles which has made me more dynamic as a person by giving me the ability to connect with people from various backgrounds and understand differences in cultural needs. As a designer these experiences have made me more dynamic because I have design influences from all over the country. Southern California modern, traditional, and the Pacific Northwest's Phenomenology.