I have been serving clients in the Bay Area and beyond for over 20 yrs. From Sea Ranch to Hillsborough, and even down to Long Beach, with a large project for the Maersk Corp.
I moved to Marin after 1.5yrs in Berlin, Germany when the wall went down. Prior to that move, I was the Advertising Director for the Patagonia Co. in Ventura so together, with my fiancé who was a venture capitalist from SF, we embarked upon a short term adventure in Berlin. It was there, that I experienced the strong use of colors in homes & offices.
While @ Patagonia, I helped develop colors for the Kid’s Line and worked comprehensively with the art dept to create powerful ads and marketing materials.
I also studied with the Wagner School of Color, took courses @ Sundance re. Feng Shui and Color and then later cont. my education through the Berkeley School of Interior Design. When I returned to the US from Berlin, I landed in Marin and took a job running a 3 dimensional art gallery for 5 years. I absolutely loved supporting artists and still do in my current consulting business. After the gallery work, I developed my own business.
I began my color and design business as an outgrowth of my study of Feng Shui. I discovered that ancient art in an architectural book store in NYC and from there,
moved to the bay area to study with Prof Linn who was teaching out of Berkeley,
the Western School of Feng Shui in San Diego and with famed Australian dowser, Eric Dowsett, yes, that is his real name.
After time, I became a bit disillusioned by the clientele as it seemed they wanted
a quick fix and I wanted results that were long lasting. I noticed then, that often their homes and offices were quite dis-jointed and so I began to use color to ground and or uplift the energy and certainly, to integrate all the elements. I observed that the use of color was the more powerful solution in many situations and so that aspect of my business grew and grew. I also had a staging biz for awhile and so now I always approach a home in terms of re-sale and current trends when that is a consideration for the client.
I also learned that good design IS good Feng Shui when it optimizes the space & energy so my work evolved into more traditional approaches utilizing interior design. To this day, I organically approach a space through my Feng Shui eyes always wanting to achieve beauty and order. I travel to local flea markets and small brick and mortars to find the treasures that make a home unique. I also know how to work with a variety of budgets.
I find constant inspiration in the beauty of the Bay Area, wherever my kayak and bike take me.
My favorite style is eclectic which is the hardest to achieve. That said, I work with the clients’ preferences so that the end result represents who they are, with a “pinch” or teaspoon, of who I am.
Bachelor degree in Liberal Arts: UC Santa Barbara
Assistant Director of Kid's Line: Patagonia Corporation -1986-1987
Advertising Director of Patagonia Corporation - 1987-1991
Member of Patagonia Creative Team 1986-1991
Coursework at Wagner School of Color
Marketing Coordinator for EXIT gmbh-Berlin, Germany 1991-1992
Women's Merchandiser for Travelsmith Corporation 1993-1996
Gallery Director for Meadowlark Gallery 1996-2001
UC Berkeley Interior Design Program
Sole Proprietor of Artful Living 1996-to present
Artist representative 1998-to present
Certified Maria Killam True Colour Expert
Mother of two sons
UC Berkeley Interior Design Program
Wagner School of Color
Color and the Outdoor Industry: Patagonia Corporation
Color and Feng Shui
Color Forecasting Seminars by Benjamin Moore and Pantone
Feng Shui Studies:
Western School of Feng Shui with Terah Kathryn Collins
Advanced Feng Shui: Color and Feng Shui with Salt Lake City School of Feng Shui
Dowsing and Space Clearing with world renowned dowser, Eric Dowsett
Corporate Guest Speaker:
Chevron Corporate Headquarters Lecture Series: "Feng Shui in the Work Place"
Profiled in Bay Area Japanese publication, August 2005 issue of "BRIDGE"