From as early as I can remember, I was designing. Whether it was creating decoupage plates with magazine clippings or rearranging the furniture in my room on a bi-weekly basis, I was always trying to make spaces and objects look and feel better. Growing up, I followed my mother around as she went to every furniture and home décor store we passed. It became both a bonding experience and a favorite pastime that we could share. I noticed that throughout the years, design became more and more prevalent in my life. My best friend’s mother owned a design firm, which she ran from their home. Although my friend thought that I was coming over to play or do homework together, more times than not I was sitting beside his mother, watching her draft by hand and asking her ‘why did you do that?’ after every line she made.