It All Started At YoZone

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It’s no secret that I’m passionate about interior design.  Helping a client decipher what they truly want can sometimes be difficult, but so worth it. There’s nothing like that moment when the client enters the door to their new room and says, “You really got me”

My youngest niece will turn nine years old in a little over a month.  Her early birthday request was to have a bedroom makeover.  We had our first interior design consultation at YoZone.  While we enjoyed our decadent treats, we discussed what she really wanted in her new, “big girl” room.  We searched the internet for things that she loved and found quite a few items that gave me a good sense of her present style.  After our consultation, we went to Lowe’s Home Improvement, and picked out some paint samples together.  We talked about color and our mutual love of unicorns a lot that afternoon.  While I was thrilled to have a unicorn theme, I also wanted her room to be able to grow with her.  There’s always the possibility that she won’t love unicorns in a few years.  🙂  Maybe not though.  I still do.  🙂  We also decided to flip flop bedrooms with her younger brother.  We discussed the possibilities of this move with him and he was just as excited.  It made it more fun for him, too.

After a few weeks of anticipation, today was reveal day.  In all honesty, it was my favorite design job ever.  The look on her face as she opened the door to her room was priceless.  She loves it, and nothing makes the designer in me happier than the moment a client tells you how much they love their new room.

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A Keen Design

I can still remember vividly drawing out floor plans, while spread out on the living room floor as a child.  The books I read at the time were so in depth with their descriptions.  From the characters themselves to the homes they lived in, my mind swooned with imagination.  Mom would give me a stack of paper and a pencil and I would spend hours drawing out each room.  Our living room had the best natural light in the house and it was also the most quiet.  Seems like every house in the seventies and eighties had a separate living room space that was only used for special occasions.  Also, ours had cozy, light blue carpet and wallpaper with gold trees.  The room was magical to me.

It was a natural fit to study design, so that’s what I pursued in college.  To be real though, I was a little late with that realization, so my bachelors degree in interior design, came in my late twenties.  After graduating, I married my longtime sweetheart and moved to the beach.  While there, I opened A Keen Design.  (Keen was my maiden name)  It was exciting to work with clients to help them find their style and make their homes reflect more of who they were.  But after a few years of running my own business, I decided to close the doors.

Fast forward the clock ten years and I’m happily thriving with my husband on the other side of the state, with my mom one block away and my baby sister two miles away.  I have some of the best friends and know that I’m blessed.  I try my best not to ever take them for granted.  What I do struggle with is not doing as much design work here.  I have clients occasionally that I do some work for, and when that happens, there’s a light that feeds my soul.  Recently, I had a return client who asked me to renovate his master bedroom.  I had the reveal yesterday.  There’s not much that compares to the feeling of making someone happy, and yesterday, my client was really happy.  I’ve had permagrin since.  So thank you to those of you that trust me to find your vision.  It fills my cup.