Hi, I’m Brooke! Nice to meet you. I’d love to tell you a little of my story, so we can begin to get to know one another. So, here goes.
I’ve been a lifelong lover of all things design related -- interiors, architecture, layouts and patterns, decorating, styling, and DIY-ing. I studied interior design and architecture in college and graduated from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI with my Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture. It was as I was practicing architecture in a commercial firm in 2007 that I came to the realization that I really wanted to focus in on interior design, decorating, and styling. I would spend my daily break times over in the interiors department, longing to be the one making design boards with the vast library of fabric, flooring, and countertop samples. Meanwhile, I was over at my drafting desk making tedious changes to technical drawings, and I was miserable. Since I had grown up in a family of entrepreneurs, I knew owning a business of my own creation was something that was in my blood. Early on in college, I had studied interior design but along the way was convinced that I wanted to design buildings in the shape of a cross as a way of honoring Jesus in my work and thought I could best do that with a career in architecture. It wasn’t until I was working full time on the path to becoming a licensed architect that I realized my mistake. It took me several years and some additional training before I was finally able to open my own interior design practice in 2015. Since then I’ve had the wonderful opportunity of being able to pursue my dream of honoring Jesus in my work by giving both monetarily and of my time to several non-profits, missionary families from my church, and to coaching budding creative entrepreneurs. I feel so incredibly called to this work, and blessed by all of the wonderful people I’ve been able to encounter and support in their own callings.
During the first couple of years of my business journey, I learned some valuable lessons. First, that the interior design industry as a whole is still operating as if it’s 1990 with outdated, inflated pricing, a lack of transparency, and a general disregard for the wellbeing and happiness of the client. Secondly, I found that many people felt that they couldn’t hire a designer because it was perceived as too expensive. This broke my heart because I feel that every person, regardless of income or what kind of house they live in should be able to have access to someone who can walk beside them to create a beautifully decorated home. After completing many projects with a traditional interior design approach, I realized that I had to reinvent how the process worked and solve these problems. Design needed to be accessible! It was then that I created my signature program, DesignMagic: Family Room Makeover. It’s a program specifically designed to makeover a room from start to finish in a day that’s quick, easy, and affordable. I found that so many people didn’t necessarily need a new paint color, flooring, or other remodel-intensive work done. They were more often after a cozy, completed, cohesive feeling space that makes sense. Most of the people I work with are design savvy, and they just need a little push to rearrange their furniture into a better layout for conversation or t.v. viewing and to have someone show them how to style their coffee table, bookshelves, and open cabinets. With DesignMagic: Family Room Makeover, good design becomes so much more accessible and way less intimidating. It was with this solution to all of the problems I'd noticed in the industry that I finally found exactly what it is that I’m made to do. Going to work now is not only exhilarating, it’s fulfilling and there’s nothing else in the world I’d rather be doing.
Grace & Peace,