What I do
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
- $ 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
- $ 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!
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 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.
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