I’ve just passed a professional milestone … February 2020 marked my 35th year in the interior design business…nearly 28 of which has been with my own company, and I would like to share a little about my journey, and offer a thank you for your support through the years.
Since I formed PL&D there have been two recessions, the advent of “everything.com”, and a redefining of what an interior designer is. Many of the products that were once only available to designers are now easily accessible to the public via the internet, and e- design is all the rage. There have even been articles written on the topic of whether interior design is a dying profession. That is simply not the case.
I began working for Interior Design Consultants(IDC) as an assistant designer while still working on my degree at The University of Texas and stayed with IDC for 10 years, before starting my own firm nearly 28 years ago…I have seen many styles, and many new products come and go. And sadly, many interior designers and design firms too.
My first duty at IDC was to update and edit the vendor files. Files that at the time held catalogs, price lists, brochures and other information needed for client projects. That’s where I learned that you can have anything that you want…if you can afford it. It was eye opening and crazy exciting.
During my time there, projects included model homes, spec home design, and buyer design consultant for Hampton Custom Homes, and Bill Milburn Homes in the late 1980’s.
I selected most all the wallpapers and fabrics for client’s ranging from mid-range builder homes to luxury residences in Austin and the Hill Country. These included the complete restoration of a Historic German compound in Fredericksburg , and a downtown high rise condominium for Western Artist G. Harvey Jones and his wife Patti, a historic home in downtown Austin completely remodeled and turned into an office, and the first incarnation of what would become destination wedding and retreat venue "The Red Corral Ranch . ." I was the Assistant Designer on the Northwest Hills residence for newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dell, and The Executive offices and Briefing Center of Dell Computer Company’s original headquarters at Arboretum Point
I began to hone my own style and interior designer persona while working as the Assistant Designer on the Dell Computer project, which garnered the attention of several of the executives who in turn hired me to work with them on their personal residences while at IDC. This lead to more work and ultimately I had built up my own clientele and was able to start my own firm.
At PL&D I have participated in numerous Women’s Symphony League of Austin Designer Showhouses, The Zach Scott Showhouse, and The Hyde Park Homes Tour. My work has been published locally and nationally, and I have worked with many of Austin’s finest Architects, Builders and Contractors. Projects range from small modest spaces to multi-million dollar luxury residences. My clientele is exclusive, very private and highly individualistic.
PL&D is a supporter of many community organizations- donating design packages to fundraising auctions including Texas Advocacy Project, The Breast Cancer Research Center, HRC Austin, Preservation Austin, Austin Opera. Hand- to Hold, The Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards, Austin Film Festival's Film and Food and more. I have personally served as a Board member, and/or volunteer, as well as chaired multiple events for various organizations including The Austin Chamber of Commerce Business Committee for the Arts, Austin Opera, Ballet Austin, Zach Scott Theater, Austin Musical Theater, The UT Charter School, OutYouth Austin, AIA Austin. and The Austin Woman’s Club to name a few.
I have a wonderful career doing what I love to do and it’s all because of you, my clients friends, and supporters, some of whom have been with me since the beginning.
I am uniquely qualified to assist you with your projects, and would love to share my experience, vision and resources with you. I am confident that we can create something special.
Don’t you deserve to enjoy total comfort and security in the choices you make? With the advantage of knowing they are the most appropriate for you?