What is your publishing background?
Being a housing geek comes naturally to me because of my background in publications involved in the housing and design industry. I’ve been with Kansas City Homes & Gardens and RELO Magazine—and for many years, as a staff vice president of the Home Builders Association, one of my responsibilities included the design, editorial, implementation and sales of the two Parade of Homes guidebooks that the association produced each year.
What is your favorite DKC issue?
I fell in love with designKC two years before we started publishing it, and each time a new issue comes, I’d say that the new issue is my favorite!
What is your home’s design style?
Having grown up with antiques, I still like the clean lines of American antiques, but I love the eclectic touches that I continue to find for my home.
Where and how do you like to spend time at home?
As the weather gets nicer, my favorite place is reading on the patio while my dog sleeps.
Are there any home goods you can’t live without?
I love to cook, but like so many of us, I need to rely on shortcuts, so in my kitchen I need my slow cooker and my food processor. While they’re just basic, I save so much time when I cook and couldn’t live without them.
If you could live anywhere, where and what would your dream home be?
A beachfront home somewhere in Florida. While my style in Kansas City is an eclectic mix of American antiques and new, the home on the beach would be very beachy, light and open.
What are your best memories of home when growing up?
My favorite memory of home was the end of each day when our family of four would have dinner and share our stories from our day’s experiences. When I was in high school, my mom went to work as a designer, and the world of design became part of our family and the conversation around the dinner table.
Do you have a personal motto or life philosophy?
“Never assume anything except possibly a two percent loan!”