Minnesota: the wonder years

Frosty winters, glorious lakes, Scandinavian heritage.  (You get the picture.) Started design career making clothes and homes for Barbie dolls.

Minneapolis to Europe: college

Interned in Guthrie Theatre costume shop.  Favorite job was sewing boning into corsets. (The meticulous nature of this task speaks volumes about my personality.) College, including a year in London with hitchhiking tour through Europe.

One way ticket to NY

Seamstress at Barbara Matera Costumes, stitching yards of maribou feathers into capes for original Broadway production of "Dreamgirls." Observed that all working designers had gone to Yale.

Yale University, MFA

Studied set, costume and lighting design.  A dream world for a designer... the sky's the limit.

Live from New York

Designed costumes for Saturday Night Live, dressing celebrities in silly costumes.  Created looks for characters including the irreverent Church Lady.

It’s a good thing

Emmy award-winning television art director, Martha Stewart Living.  Perfect job for a perfectionist. 

Real life design

Design interiors for new construction and renovations. Past projects include a New York apartment and 19th c. barn in Connecticut. Variety is the spice...

Casa Italiana

Designed the renovation of a crumbling villa in the mountains of Liguria, Italy for "The Brian Boitano Project" on HGTV. Best. Job. Ever.

Fun with food

Art directed Food Network show, "Daphne Dishes" with host, Daphne Brogdon, in Los Angeles.

World traveler

Traveling the world - finding treasures, taking photographs, meeting characters, having adventures, being inspired...and writing about it on Just One Suitcase.

Writer

Contributor to Huffington Post and Dwell.com. Currently working on novel. Stay tuned. Stockholm_Sweden Stockholm, Sweden