1. I am an NCIDQ certified interior designer, not a decorator.

These terms are often used interchangeably, but they mean different things. In the most basic terms, interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design. Also, a decorator does not need any formal schooling at an accredited college or university. 

My NCIDQ professional certification was obtained after earning a 4-year degree at a CIDA-accredited university, working at least two years under a licensed architect then passing three rigorous, practice-based exams that tests the application of knowledge as they relate to public health, safety and welfare. This is the highest qualification in the interior design industry.

In addition, much of my professional experience was at a prestigious architecture firm on projects as large as 30,000 sq. ft., so I have a better understanding of building systems. I view projects from a more holistic standpoint—this results in more thoughtful interior design.

Read more about the difference between designers and decorators here.

2. I am a LEED accredited designer

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design— I have been a LEED accredited designer since 2009. In addition, I have a master’s degree in Sustainable Design.

3. I can save you money

I can help you establish a budget and source products that fit into those constraints. Further, I have enough experience to foresee possible issues that may arise. The more problems we can avoid, the more money you will save. 

4. I make sure your space looks great, but I also make sure it works.

I know where to pull products and finishes that are appropriate for your particular project. I take the time to check specifications and drawings to make sure everything with fit and functions properly.

5. It Really is Who You Know.

I like to work with reliable contractors and tradespeople - your project will only be as good as the execution. If you don’t have a contractor in mind, I can recommend and help you find one you are comfortable with. Throughout the construction process I communicate with your contractors and tradespeople as needed to make sure your project stays on track.