I've always had a deep desire to connect with people and celebrate life. When I was a little girl, I watched my parents throw dinner parties. My dad would mix cocktails behind the bar, my mom would decorate a table, and their friends would laugh and dance. At the end of the night, my parents would end up on a sofa, with a glass of wine, listening to Marvin Gaye, and talking about the night. They were always surrounded by people they had deep connections with who became my family. I had found the spark that would forever drive my career.
I became a social worker and a Director of a non-profit where we used donated furniture to design homes for families coming out of homelessness - creating a space that felt like home. Hoping they could experience a bit of the love and happiness that I had as a kid.
I used that same passion as I built a career around design, first as an Event Designer, planning parties around the world. Then in television as an expert and influencer. From mixing a cocktail and sharing entertaining tips on shows like The View, to sharing ways to create an environment at home on HGTV. My mission has always been for people not to aspire to do things perfectly, but instead to be inspired making it accessible for them to take action and do it. If you aren't diving in, I think what's really getting in the way is fear. Fear of people saying "no" to an invitation, throwing a party that will most definately be a disaster, or worrying that their house is not exactly the way they want it to be.
In my experience, with a cocktail or glass of wine in hand, and authenticity - nobody cares if things are perfect. They are there to spend time with you. I say "dive in," have fun, and express who you are no matter what that may be or where you are in life.
I strongly believe that a great dinner party, or a well decorated room, is not only a place of sanctuary, but a break from the ordinary, and a chance to celebrate what really matters — connection, inspiration and perhaps a memory that your 90-year-old self will thank you for as you sit and recall the experiences of your life.
Thank you for connecting with me here, and taking time to learn a little about me.