Fabulously Southern – BORN to Design!
For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a designer. I shared in a recent blog post about making my own Barbie Dream Houses out of shoeboxes when I was eight years old and selling them around my neighborhood. I guess I have always been an entrepreneur, too.
Another pivotal moment in my path as a designer came at age 16. To be honest, while I had always loved interior design, I thought I was destined to become a fashion designer (and now to my complete and absolute joy we sell amazing clothing and accessories at Knotting Hill Interiors, which allows me to dress up my clients when they come in store to find fabric!).
When I was 16 there was this very “posh” debutante party. If you are from the south, you know all about these. If you are not, a debutante party or ball is sort of a young woman’s “coming out” party. Well, I did not receive an invitation to this particular soiree. I admit, I was disappointed but that really did not last for long. What I was most upset about was not the fact that I would not be able to go and get all dressed up and show myself off, I was upset that I was not going to see the home that was hosting the party! It was “the” most beautiful home in Aiken County.
So, I hatched a plan to make sure I would be able to at least get a glimpse of this house. While everyone else was celebrating on the back lawn, I climbed over a hedge and helped myself to a tour of the home. At first glance, it was breathtaking. I just knew right then and there that someday I would have to do something creative with homes.
No one ever found out! Not even my mother! I am sure she will have a few words for me when she reads this!
To this day, that home still inspires me. It was a moment in time that truly changed my life forever. Design is so personal to me. I believe in personal growth and strive to be the absolute best I can be at my craft by staying connected to the psychology of design and staying abreast of the latest styles and immersing myself in continuing education on a regular basis. I am so grateful every day for NOT receiving an invitation to that ball, and for learning what I was really made of… because I really wanted to see that home!