Designer at Deane, Inc.
What led you to pursue a career in design?
It was a mid-life epiphany for me. I was turning 40— the age my mother was when she became terminally ill. I realized life is short and I wanted to pursue something that really made me happy, so I went back to design school. Kitchen design was something I had wanted to do for a long time. I love every aspect of it—the design, the construction, the reward of having created a beautiful space where family and friends will gather. It’s amazing how fast it goes by, and I have enjoyed “almost” every day of it.
What benefits have you experienced from working with a long-standing, family-operated establishment such as DEANE, Inc.?
The Deane family welcomed me from the very beginning as part of their team. They taught me every part of the business while I was interning with them and going to school. They have given me the opportunity to do something I love and I in turn love this place as if it was my own. It’s a family and business I am proud to be a part of. They are good people with likeminded values. They care, and that matters to me.
Why are you passionate about the work you do?
Is it possible to care too much? I don’t think so. I meet my clients and they become my friends. I take every project on knowing I am helping them create a space that is going to the most important place in their home. They trust me and I am not going to let them down, so I strive for them to be happy with every decision.
What’s your favorite place to shop, eat or relax around town?
I moved to Stamford from Wilton three years ago and love the buzz and convenience of Stamford. There are so many different neighborhoods to enjoy. My go-to dinner places are Columbus Park, where they always have great specials; The Wheel, where the palomas and roasted chicken are delicious; and Fish, because I crave fresh grilled fish and sautéed spinach. When I’m not eating, I like golf. This past summer, I started playing at Sterling Farms. It’s so close and a great course to play if you are a beginner like me.