I'm an interior designer living & loving in Raleigh, NC. I'm passionate about living a well-designed life and serving others along the way.

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I believe every space needs a little bit of vintage + a splash of brass. I'm a southern girl to the core, who loves playing dress up, and that feeling you get in your stomach right as an airplane takes off.

My blog SingleBubblePop began in the fall of 2007 as a way to catalog my journey from pre-med student to interior design professional. Since then, readers have watched me graduate from design school (7 years later!) and work in residential + commercial interior design. I even made my way onto HGTV. I believe that the spaces we live, work & play in have a great impact on our well-being. 

What Does Black History Month Mean To You This Year?

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I'm thinking about all the historic first for black Women this year! Kamala Harris in California, Keisha Bottoms as Atlanta's mayor and Vi Lyles in Charlotte. Black women are resisting in a major way. I think we will look back on this era as a historic moment in our story.

I grew up in North Carolina where there is an annual festival in Wilmington called the Azalea Festival. One year, I was blessed to be able to attend with a local group of the historic Tuskegee Airmen. I believe I was 14 years old in this photo that my dad took of my sister and me with the Miss North Carolina of that year. As a young girl, you would think that we would be idolizing this beautiful pageant queen, but we were so enamored with this senior men! The stories that they told us about being fighter pilots, and then their subsequent careers as doctors, dentists and entrepreneurs were so fascinating. They truly made me believe that I could make black history just like they did.

Nina Simone. What can I say? As a little black girl pianist also from North Carolina, Nina represented everything I aspire to be. Limitlessly talented on the piano and an amazing singer/songwriter. Courageous, fearless and style icon. She's everything to me!  

Nina Simone. What can I say? As a little black girl pianist also from North Carolina, Nina represented everything I aspire to be. Limitlessly talented on the piano and an amazing singer/songwriter. Courageous, fearless and style icon. She's everything to me!

 

Where Are You Finding Inspiration To Design This Year?

I'm finding a lot of inspiration from visual artists. Some of my favorites right now are  Malene B, Rachel Stewart, Victor Ekpuk & Allison F. The way they blend colors and create patterns inspires me so much!

 

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