Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Red Door

So, it's finally here after months (okay, years) of procrastinating. The blog I have dreamed of and have written and re-written in my mind. Welcome to the world of things that I love. I'm so excited to share with you my inspiration, travels, events and projects. But let's get to know each other a little more first.

I was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia in a white home with a sprawling front porch and a simple red door. Today, my husband and I live in a white house with a very similar red door. So, needless to say, I have fond memories of my childhood and want to re-create the security I felt then for my own family now. Although the only children we have to date are a malti-poo named Marc Jacobs and a pug named Mr. McDougles. How I love my puppies!

My dad owns a computer software company and my mom owns the nation's second largest bridal salon, Bridals by Lori. I grew up watching two people conquer their dreams with good old-fashioned sweat equity.

I was a unique child- always trying to start my own businesses. I was so anxious to grow up- growing up meant owning my individuality and making things happen in this world! I graduated from Samford University in three years with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication. I concentrated in advertising and minored in Human Development and Family Studies. Always the perfectionist (I'm a Virgo), I was named the top advertising student in my graduating class.

After college, I started in the family business as the marketing manager for Bridals by Lori. And I started Cosmopolitan Events at Bridals by Lori. Here, I fine-tuned my eye for event design as I created event after event in the upscale Atlanta market and throughout the Southeast. Chiavari chairs, linens, paper, china, lighting, gobos, music, crystal trees, fresh flowers- creating customized spaces from blank rooms was what I loved.

Yearning for a more structured work schedule (which I now realize isn't possible with my personality), I joined the team of Shaw Floors in 2006. And today I help lead the Berkshire Hathaway company's advertising and public relations efforts. Thinking of new ways to touch the consumer as she builds and remodels her home is so much fun.

Somewhere along the way I fell in love. I married Jason in October 2008. Our wedding was my best design project yet and was featured on WE's Platinum Weddings as the Season Finale. I still dream about the gold beaded chargers and amber lighting. And the red cowboy boots I sported at the reception.

Whether it's working on the HGTV Green Home, or tucking my head into a fabulous boutique in Seattle, or attending an elegant gala in Atlanta, I'm constantly touched by inspiration and ideas. Life is full of so many upexpected delights that I want to share. And this blog is my red door to you. Come in. Relax here. And let the ideas flow like wine (red, of course)!

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