A BIT ABOUT US
It all started with a party…Who doesn’t love a story that starts like that?
Linda and Julie met at a bible study in the Spring of 2016. They discovered they had a mutual love for interior design, but it was later that year, that Julie and Linda’s “arranged marriage” began.
While celebrating the 4th of July at Julie’s newly completed custom home (designed by her), one of their mutual friends decided that with their business and design background, they were just the team to assist him with his upcoming 4000 sq ft project. It’s because of this, they call their partnership their “arranged marriage”!! The “house that launched a business” now serves as their showcase home, where they can discuss space planning, the importance of finish elements with clients as well as show them examples of art, upholstery, case goods, lighting and more from the quality vendors they work with for all the different elements of design.
What that special friend saw was Julie and Linda had a unique set of talents that complemented each other very well. Julie’s eye for design and Linda’s organizational and software skills were a match made in heaven, or shall we say on Amelia Island.
Growing up with a father who was an architect (notably for the World Trade Center) and a mother who was the head of a drafting department and an office manager, I was exposed to interior design and architecture at an early age. I have fond memories of my father teaching me how to read his architectural drawings and how he would decorate the office buildings he designed down to every last detail. As a girl, I enjoyed designing my bedroom(s) and sewing my window treatments with colors and patterns that were ahead of their time.
I graduated from Stuart School of Business Administration and have worked for a few large corporate companies over the years. I was the assistant to the Plant Manager of Teledyne Water Pik (™) and later I owned a successful promotional products company. I enjoy painting in acrylics and alcohol inks. It’s my art you see in our company’s logo. I am married, the mother of 3 adult children, and the proud grandmother of 9.
My husband and I were the general contractor and project manager for designing and building our home in Pennsylvania. I can proudly say I have swung a hammer and used a nail gun… ....with no injuries to boot!! After our friends enjoyed seeing what I had done to the interior of our home, I was invited to design a lobby for an insurance firm and also numerous residential rooms for my friends.
But most of all, I am best at the organizational details of a project. I thrive on the details of any job and shine best when I am dealing with a client or a vendor. I love to follow a project from beginning to end making sure nothing falls through the cracks. So when you choose NEST as your design firm, you get good design, good attention to detail, and a fun-loving team of people!
Growing up as an Air Force brat then Navy wife, I learned the importance of making a house a home. My mother showed me how to embrace the things she could not change, and to not let it stop her from creating a welcoming place for her family.
My father, who after serving our country traveled a lot for business, would often joke that he would never come home from a trip and enter a room without turning on the light.....because it was dangerous to assume that the sofa would still be in the same spot as when he left. I later understood my mom was always changing furniture around because she was craving the opportunity to be creative that moving so often had given her.
Navy life taught me that when changing duty stations 4 times in 3 years, the best thing I could do was unpack and get back to living as soon as possible. As I got older I knew that I had been bitten by the “bug” to create as well and threw myself into my homes and the projects of others. I was often asked to help make decisions for friends, but this was always much more than “do you like this paint color”. It was more like “here is the Sherwin Williams (TM) fan deck; pick a color then redo my whole master bedroom, please.”
I also participated as the design decision-maker for businesses such as a day spa, radio station, and church. In my years as a Navy wife, I was able to live in each geographic region of the United States and experience their unique style and way of living. It’s that unique perspective that fuels me when working with clients who have packed up their life “old life”, bought “someone else’s” house and are trying to create the relaxed coastal home of their dreams.