Abode Environments offers modern, sophisticated Interior Design with an edge. Our clients are looking for help with their home without breaking the bank. We often buy home furnishings from big-box stores and modify/embellish them to give your room a customized look without spending a fortune. We also like to incorporate custom pieces, such as artwork, pillows, draperies, etc. which don’t need to be expensive. Our goal is to give your completed room a “look” that appears much more expensive than what you actually paid.
My first “design experience” began when I was a kid. I would regularly rearrange the furniture and artwork in my bedroom. While Chicago Bulls posters are cool and all, let’s hope my design approach has stepped it up a little!
In the Summer of 2001, I wasn’t sure about many things about life, but I WAS sure about one thing – decorating made me HAPPY! Enrolling in school for Interior Design was a no-brainer to me. I loved it! After school, it was time to put on my Big Girl Shoes. My first “real” design job was right out of college. I worked at a local Interior Design firm, where I learned valuable design tools.
After walking through many fears, I decided to launch Abode Environments in 2008. My goal was to provide a chic and sophisticated approach to Interior Design that is unexpected (in a good way!) and tasteful. I also wanted to make Interior Design more attainable for those who long for a beautiful space, but are afraid their budget won’t allow for that to happen. I have fun with it and so do my clients. After all, if it’s not fun, what’s the point?
I am the most recent addition to Abode Environments. I happen to get along very well with “the boss”, Stephanie. She’s my daughter! We’ve asked each other design opinions for years, so we’ve decided to collaborate on a professional level as well.
While I have no “formal” design education, I have been decorating and redesigning my homes and assisting friends and family for years. I have always had a love of creating beautiful surroundings, whether it has been for myself or others.
I would say my “designing” background began way back when I was in grade school, when I began sewing my own clothes. I have been blessed with three daughters, and over the years have sewn hundreds of clothing items for them, too. In recent years I have used that skill in creating or altering drapery panels, shower curtains, bedding and toss-pillows to add a finished touch to rooms. I particularly love gorgeous fabrics and love to play with textures and colors. I also love to accessorize rooms, creating vignettes and tablescapes to add personality. I get a thrill when a finished design comes together. (BTW… she is crazy talented! -Stephanie)