I've been a designer for 20 years and have had the privilege to design everything from Award winning Country Clubs to International Showrooms to 5 Star Boutique Hotels.
Born and raised in the South, I found an early love for all things in the architectural design world.When I was a child, my parents took me to neighborhoods in development and we would walk the homes under construction. Imagining the finishes, fixtures, layouts of the rooms, etc. As I grew older the fascination of how things worked together stayed with me and I’ve been designing ever since.
A proud graduate of the University of Georgia, in 1999 I studied abroad in Italy sketching and learning about Italian design and architecture. My experience there was life changing. The field of sunflowers, roadside vineyards and olive groves, rustic farmhouses older than USA, and history that surrounded me gave me such an appreciation for history and quality craftsmanship.
I have had the privilege of working with amazing designers and mentors as well as great projects. Some of the companies I have worked for Ferry, Hayes, and Allen (FHAD), Robert Idol, Jillian Van Dresser, and Colum McCartan.
FHAD, a leader in Country Club design, gave me the opportunity to draft amazing rooms and buildings with complex mouldings and details. I became a wiz at AutoCAD and grew an appreciation for the ornate paneled rooms and halls of Italy and Europe.
Working with Robert Idol gave me the opportunity to launched new furniture lines for Lane Home Furnishings (LHF) and their collections of Country Living, Eddie Bauer, Robert Idol (his own line), and National Geographic. Every one of those lines stretched my imagination and broadened my horizons as each was different and unique. LHF also gave me the opportunity to travel and experience areas of our country I had never seen before. As one of their lead showroom and retail designers, I was able to visit San Francisco, Southern California, Phoenix AZ, Tupelo MS, High Point NC, and Cologne Germany.
Working with Jillian Van Dresser and Colum McCartan (both well known hospitality designers), I really learned about project management, product sourcing, custom furniture and accessory design. At these two firms, I got to work on several hotel projects, in particular running lead on Avia Napa (now the Andaz Napa), and the Grand Residence Club in South Lake Tahoe. These two project stretched my skills, imagination, and resourcefulness. Really bringing me into my own as a hospitality designer.
As with most things in 2009, my job came to an end due to the economic downfall. I left NYC and came home to start over. 2011 was a big year for me, I met my husband Kendal, got married, and what started as merely an chance to regroup, soon presented the opportunity to branch out on my own and form You In Mind Designs. The brainchild of my husband Kendal and I.
Despite having great success in our newly formed company, it became necessary for me add to our income. In 2013 I joined Ingenious Med as their Corporate Programs Manager and EA to CEO Hart Williford. It was here that I was able to create and lead programs that supported the company culture and promoted a great working environment. I had the pleasure of leading several executive fly fishing retreats for top clients and had the pleasure of visiting places like Gallatin MT, Raton NM, Yellowstone MT, and Sonora Island British Columbia.
I view all my experiences both in life and vocationally as building blocks to who I am as a person and a designer. I am the proud wife of a great man and mom to a beautiful baby girl. Versed in multiple styles and type of design and architecture, I am most happy when I am working with clients and given the opportunity to make their spaces come to life. I am excited about continuing to build YIM Designs into a thriving company and I hope that you will consider partnering with me as we “design with You In Mind.”