I studied both art and science in college and graduated with a middle grades education degree. I applied my science skills by teaching middle and high school students for a few years. Then, after a break from teaching, my husband and I moved overseas to Thailand. While living in Thailand, I began to apply my design skills by decorating not only our home but other people's homes as well. I found local crafts people who could make furniture, textiles and iron works from my hand drawn designs. I also had the wonderful opportunity to help build a multipurpose church and outreach center within our community. After returning home, 12 years later, I began working as a designer for a home staging company located here in Charleston, SC. Then. in 2014 I created By Design Consulting.