Functionality Use every inch of your home with layouts tailored to your needs and clever storage solutions. Personality Surround yourself with objects meaningful to you and colors that bring you joy. Style Let your space be beautifully and uniquely you, incorporating but not limited by current trends.

What I do

kitchen and bathroom remodel designer Remodels

Kitchen and bathroom remodels can make a huge difference in how much you love your home - and are the most expensive and technically challenging rooms to change. While the process is complex and the choices can be overwhelming, together we can create a detailed plan for a space that perfectly suits your needs and reflects your personality. And I promise it will be fun!

surfaces and furnishings interior designer, Portland Surfaces and Furnishings

Function or beauty? Comfort or style? You don’t have to choose, because I will present you with options that fulfill all your requirements. Do you and your partner have different aesthetic preferences? Do your home’s characteristics not work with the design style you love? Let me help.

Color and Lighting designer in Portland, OR Color and Lighting

There is no color without light, so it only makes sense to consider them together. The way you feel in your home is deeply influenced by color and the quality of light. From creating color palettes and choosing paint colors to selecting optimal light fixtures and designing a lighting plan to illuminate your home beautifully, I will create the moods you want in your space.

#1 space planning ineterior designer Space Planning

Whether you need to rearrange furniture or remove walls, considering the use and flow of a space is crucial. Creating smart storage and optimizing layouts to suit your needs is one of my passions.

Visual Tools

Scale floor plans and color 3D renderings allow you to see various options for your home as we collaborate to create your dream space. The diagrams and drawings I create also help you to communicate effectively with contractors when necessary.

#1 Interior Design Project support Project Support

Excellent planning creates possibilities, which is why all design projects begin with a solid, detailed plan. Once we have finalized the plan, I will provide you with options for varying levels of support. Whether you want to do all, some, or none of the acquisition and work yourself, I will be your advocate and resource.

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Portland Interior Designer and Decorator

Who I am

If you asked a random sample of people who know me to describe me, I imagine the two most common descriptors would be “fun” and “nerdy.” My sense of fun is likely the easiest thing to notice, since I am probably smiling or laughing. My nerdiness is less immediately observable, but it is always there, lurking. I am nerdy about many things: literature, math, board games, cooking, art, history, ways that great design makes a space beautiful and functional . . . the usual.

Back in the days when phones had cords and I was in high school, I wanted to be an interior designer. However, life took me in a different direction: I majored in literature, worked for a decade in the commercial printing industry, earned a Master’s degree in teaching math, then taught math for nearly another decade. Through it all, I redecorated and/or remodeled every home, office, and classroom that I occupied.

Through my various roles, I developed the ability to communicate clearly, manage complex projects, and observe intently to uncover needs. A few years ago, I listened to my younger self and decided to return to school for interior design. (Aside: the collective reaction from my family and friends was a resounding, “What took you so long?!”) Imagine my joy when I discovered that being an organized, clear communicator with empathy is an asset in this field. My intrinsic nerdiness is captivated by the many technical details to master, and I find working with clients, contractors, and product experts is so much fun.

On the personal side, I live in NE Portland with my amazing husband of nearly 20 years. In my spare time, I am likely enjoying a nerdy pursuit, taking a hike (or at least a long walk through the neighborhood), or traveling.

How to work with me

  • Time
  • $ 100
  • If your design needs are not project-based, you can purchase design time in 1, 5 or 10 hour increments. A few of the services I can provide in this format are:

    • Select paint colors for your home
    • Incorporate newly acquired furnishings into a room
    • Change or add to the function of a room
    • Select surfaces for a remodel or new build
    • Recommend staging strategies before selling or renting a home
  • Planning
  • $ 100
  • For a flat fee based on the size and type of room, I will create a bespoke proposal which you can use to plan your project. The proposal will include

    • Scale floor plans of your current space and multiple possible layouts
    • Mood boards
    • A possibility table of features, finishes, and furnishings to illustrate choices at varying levels of investment
    • Design and implementation tips
    • Design support options
  • Custom projects
  • $ 100
  • For larger projects, I will create a customized package of services based on your specific needs, such as:

    • Design custom rugs or furniture
    • Acquire original artwork
    • Create multi-room or whole house furnishing plans
    • Manage the acquisition, delivery and installation of furnishings, artwork, rugs and accessories
    • Collaborate with contractors to support an extensive remodel or new build

What people are saying...

Amy was a pleasure to work with! She was punctual, professional, and really listened to our desires for design possibilities. When Amy came back with design options, they were exactly what we were looking for and provided possibilities we hadn't considered but really appreciated! She even showed up with some tile samples that gave great insight as to what could be possible. We've only gone through the first step but she's willing to help see us through 'till the end. Thanks, Amy!

Joe H.

Portland, OR (Beaumont-Wilshire)

I had been dreaming of a new kitchen for 25 years but when the time came I did not know how to begin. I lived in fear of all the decisions that I was going to have to make, but Amy's insights and suggestions helped make the design process a fun, collaborative experience. Thanks to Amy's design, my kitchen is even more than I dreamed it could be.

Amy E.

Hillsboro, OR

Amy is a naturally gifted designer who pulls all the designs, product selections, and color palettes together in a comprehensive package for our clients. Amy is an excellent communicator, easy to work with, and understands we are all on the same team to provide an amazing finished product for our clients.

Peter Schraner

President, Pacific NW Cabinetry

Let's work together!

I look forward to connecting with you to schedule a 20 minute video call to discuss your needs!

NE Portland, OR 97212