I first discovered the power of claiming my space when I was 18.

I had always promised myself that I would leave home as soon as I became an adult. But when I graduated high school, I decided to take a gap year to travel.

Even though I was living in my parents’ house for a while longer, it was critical to me that I function as an independent adult who could make my own decisions. 

So I embarked on updating my bedroom to reflect how I saw myself. I would lay in bed at night envisioning what was possible. I envisioned bold colors and a studio apartment vibe.

Then I made the choice to make that vision a reality. 

I designed an elevated sleeping nook that extended into the attic, and set up the lower part of the room as a lounge. 

I did almost all the work myself: sheetrocking, spackling, painting, refinishing furniture.

Moving from a daydream to a design to a built environment was empowering. The process was an external expression of the internal desire to take ownership of my own life. 

This is the exact process I use now with my clients: I help them identify and hone a strong vision, and then create a plan to make that vision a reality. (Learn more about my unique Vision & Planning process here.)

The family for today’s featured project already had a clear vision – and they weren’t afraid to get down and dirty and do some of the work themselves. (Though they quickly discovered that doing the work was harder than they thought!)

Come inside and see our newest gallery here.