Since I was a small child it was obvious I was a creative type. Always working on new projects and ideas with whatever was around; not letting obstacles get in my way.  If there was a hurdle to jump, I would work on a creative solution.  

Designing Furniture is similar.  I find nothing more satisfying than working out a creative solution to an everyday problem while maintaining the beautiful lines of furniture.  

I studied Industrial Design at Auburn University.  There I learned the phrase             "Form Follows Function" which is a principle associated with modernist architecture and industrial design in the 20th century. The principle is that the shape of a building or object should be primarily based upon its intended function or purpose. I try to stick to this methodology as much as possible when creating new work for my customers.

I love knowing that my designs are for the masses.  The collections I draw and pour my heart into are in homes all across America.

DESIGNING IN THE MOMENT

About me

JOINING THE FURNITURE INDUSTRY

STARTING REDHEAD DESIGN

I was lucky to land a great design job straight out of school.  I was trained by some exceptionally talented designers.  I worked for many different manufacturers in a range of price points.  I could not have asked for a better opportunity to learn and grow in the business.  After seven years in a Design Role at Otto & Moore, Inc.,  I thought it would be a great learning experience to try the Merchandising side.  As a designer, the Merchandiser's were our clients. Each manufacturer had it's own Merchandising team that we develop products for.  I thought it would be great to be in charge guiding the design solutions.  I started at Legacy Classic Furniture as VP Merchandising. There I gained a massive amount of experience.  I was able to travel overseas, work directly with the factories.  I worked with the designers but also managed the needs of our factory and the needs of our customers and sales teams.  My time at Legacy was the best experience to learn the other side of the Furniture Business, but it did not take long to realize that I AM A DESIGNER!  

By the end of 2011, I realized design is what I am most passionate about. Starting a Freelance design firm has let me design different types of products and for a multitude of companies, which keeps things interesting.  While also allowing me the flexibility to work wherever I like (for instance, Charelston,SC) and to be in charge of my work life/family life balance.

Thanks to always having my unique mop of red hair, it was easy to come up with the company name - Redhead Furniture Design!

It has been a great ride being a female designer running my own business. There is no doubt that I have the entrepreneurial spirit and the gumption to get anything and everything done!  I have loved developing and fostering great relationships with my customers, and helping them to develop the products that are best for their customers. I have truly found my calling.  I love the Home Furnishings Industry and the privilege to have worked on so many excellent collections and with such wonderful customers to bring our products to the marketplace!

GIVING BACK

In the last few years, I have had the opportunity to give back through mentoring. Withit (Women in the Home Furnishings Industry Today) and the ISFD (International Society of Furniture Designers) both have programs set in place to help students, and young professionals find appropriate mentors.  When I was new in the business there were some wonderful members of these organizations that were there to help guide me.  I have been able to serve on the board for each, and believe in their missions.  I have enjoyed mentoring a number of students and young professionals as they enter into the industry.  I always appreciated the helping hand of the members before me, and feel a responsibility to give it back.


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