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View of the Pacific, from Kalon Resort, Dominical, Costa Rica

View of the Pacific, from Kalon Resort, Dominical, Costa Rica

Apologies for the radio silence since June, but full-time MBA school and travel have been eating up most of my time. I worked on 2 small interior design projects this summer: one local client in Portland, and one remote client on the East coast. Its been great being a student again, and meeting like-minded, ambitious, forward-thinking problem-solvers. When I started the program, I'd originally wanted to take my love of interior design, passion for travel and social responsibility, and create sustainable resorts. Now I'm really interested in sustainable assisted living communities. I'm realizing that with every new class, and exposure to the evolving ways of doing business and being socially responsible, there are so many paths to my dream job. Who knows what opportunities will arise in the next two years?

In the meantime, I'll continue to take on interior design projects as they come, but I'm not ardently pursuing them. In the projects that I do take on, I really want to focus on making the most of what clients already have versus acquiring more stuff. In fact, in the spirit of Marie Kondo, I'd like to help clients deaccession, creating more space in their lives for experiences rather than clutter. Admittedly, I've been one of the world's most acquisitive shop-a-holics, and know what it is to lust after a well-designed object, but as the effects of our throw-away culture become more prevalent, I have to acknowledge my role in an industry that encourages buying and having more. New. Stuff.

Don't get me wrong: I strongly believe in remodeling spaces to increase functionality; updating tired, outdated rooms; refreshing with a new coat of paint; upgrading to energy-efficient appliances; story-telling through design. But I'm going to focus on doing those things while keeping sustainable practices in mind.