As I begin the process of articulating OLD GLORY STYLE, I have come to realize that this is about more than just a design process. The foundation of Old Glory Style has been influenced by many things, including my upbringing, my personal habits, and my life experiences. I am so grateful that I have had so many strong influences as not only the foundation of my design style, but also my whole life!
I grew up with two very wise parents, and their values and actions made me the person—and designer—I am today. My father taught me to work hard every single day at something worth doing. This simple but essential creed has always influenced my design style, as well, and hard work is one of the most important elements of Old Glory Style. From my mother, I learned a strong and nurturing love of home: our home was always comfortable and pretty, functional and still beautiful, and she drew a sense of pride everyday from her home. I carry this own sense of pride and devotion to creating comfort with beauty into how I decorate my home and my store, and how I help others do the same.
Both of my parents, above all, taught me to be my authentic self every single day. Living with humility and integrity was a big deal in our house, and it still is today, in the way I raise my own children, live my daily life, and how I work to create Old Glory Style. All of these childhood lessons and the examples my parents set translate effortlessly into my approach to design: work hard at things worth doing, and worth doing beautifully // decorate with both comfort and beauty in mind to create a space that makes you proud and inspires others // be humble in working with others and in your designs and treat every room, every client, and every project with integrity.
My own personal habits have also served as a great foundation for Old Glory Style. After all, how you live every day naturally carries into your work. I pride myself on my attention to detail, being organized and practical but always bursting with creativity. I tend to “think outside the box.” I don’t want to do what has already been done: I want to find a better way. I am a self-professed perfectionist, and I never settle for “good enough.”
This is also how I approach design: I start the process with a well-organized plan or set of ideas, thinking of all the details and how to practically solve a design problem, then I let my creativity take over. I am constantly evaluating, studying, tweaking, thoughtfully adding and taking away, never rushing but always being patient with the design process, until every detail is just right.
And finally, my life experiences continually influence and refine my approach to design. Old Glory Style would not be what it is today without my own personal experiences transforming it along the way. Having children was one of the biggest influences on my own personal style, as well as how I design for the store and for others.
I quickly (and happily) had to let go of perfection with three little kids in the house, and I had to shift my focus from having a perfect home to having one that was practical but still inspiring and well-designed. I always strove to have a home that would be comfortable for a family of five and one that would always spark our creativity for summer art projects, for innovative quick dinners before baseball games, and for everything else that came along with my kids growing up. This all easily translated into making Old Glory Style what it is today: I want to design spaces for others that are well-organized and inspiring, that are beautiful instead of perfect, that are well-designed and well-thought out.