Growing up in colonial Northern Virginia and later in the rustic foothills of Colorado, I was, and still am, enticed by the balance of differing styles, beliefs, and tastes. My earliest interior inspiration was from my mother, who had our Colorado home professionally designed. The space focused on vibrant colors, large-scale art, and a variety of tribal artifacts. One such example that stands out is the collection of multi-colored, African mud dolls hanging on a vibrantly painted violet two story wall while a framed Navajo woven rug is displayed above. Seeing the process in which a home is created and styled helped support and awaken the budding artist inside.
I attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, graduating with honors and a BFA in Theatre in 2004. During my time at NYU, I discovered Bikram Yoga and, as a former varsity cross-country runner, was inspired to attend a 500+ hour certification. After training, I taught yoga full-time while also starting my way-off-Broadway career. As my time became more and more committed to teaching, I opened my own yoga studio in 2008. Going through the logistics of opening a small business in NYC reminded me how much I loved to problem solve while also allowing myself to be creative in designing a 3000 square foot commercial space.
During my time spent in this holistic career, I wanted to incorporate physical growth with spacial healing and completed my Feng Shui consultant certification at the Feng Shui Institute of America, based on the principles of the Pyramid School of Feng Shui. I later worked as a Resource Librarian and Junior Designer for an architecture and interior design firm on Park Avenue, focusing mostly on commercial and office spaces. One of my projects was to help specify the finishes for the 60th floor of One World Trade, in lower Manhattan.
Desiring an environmental change from high rises to rolling hills, I sold my yoga studio and moved to the West Coast in the Spring of 2016. Upon my arrival, my experience in art, space planning and customer service motivated me to enroll in the Heritage School of Interior Design in Portland, Oregon to earn an interior design certificate. I also took a position at the for-trade-only Nest showroom working in sourcing and social media design
In 2018, I established York and Rose Interiors, a company that collaborates with its clients in order to create spaces that are personal and geared towards the clients' growth, comfort, and style. York and Rose truly believes that a home or work space should not only tell the story of who the client is, but who that client is becoming as well. With an awareness of clients' varying investment levels, York and Rose creates holistic interiors that are functional yet fabulous.