Q: Where are you from?
Born and raised in wonderful South Georgia, I moved to New York City at the age of 22. After a decade in the big apple, I fell in love with an Indiana boy and well, the rest is Hoosier history. We currently live on the northside of Indianapolis and I feel thankful to call several cities home.
Q: What did you do in NYC?
When I first moved to NYC I was a nanny + did my fair share of traveling with families. I met some of my closest friends during that season of life. Oh, the crazy celeb stories I have. After nannying, I worked as a celebrity PA for one of the most notorious shoe designers in the world (yes I got free shoes!). After leaving that position, I worked as a PA + Project Manager for Darcy Miller, the Founding Editorial Director of Martha Stewart Weddings. My time working on photo shoots with Martha's top talent in the creative industry taught me most of what I know about prop styling, photography and curating content. There is so much value in listening and watching. Like they say, if you're the smartest person in the room, find a new room.
Q: Is this a business? What exactly is Southern Sky Design?
I moved to Indiana from New York City in 2016, and felt completely lost trying to identify my key words for a job search in the Midwest. This was my chance to create something of my own - my own little imprint in the world. Through the power of networking and hard work, my little brand found its way here in Indy. I started as a floral designer and through lots of trials and error, I've found my place as a specialized stylist focusing on creative direction consulting, prop and interiors styling. I currently accept a few passion projects a year in between my day job and being a Mama to my sweet little boy, Shepherd.
Q: What is your day job?
I work in Corporate Communications at Cummins, Inc. I value the people I work with and for, and find myself incredibly inspired by the history, progress, creativity and innovation that is woven throughout our facilities, our beliefs and our mission.
Q: Have you always been creative?
Art has always been a core interest of mine, but I also learned there is a difference in being creative & being crafty. I'm creative, not crafty - wish I was! I credit my early interest in interior design, florals, tabletop & textiles to my Mom and Meme. My Mom worked in banking, with a passion for interior design. She had a calligraphy business long before it was the rage, took me antiquing almost every weekend and taught me that a woman absolutely can do anything. My Meme was as southern as the say is long and grew the best butter beans and blueberries I've eaten. She always had a Waterford crystal dish with candies in it next to the camellia she had just cut from the yard. There are many skills can be learned, but I do believe you are born with a creative eye and the environment you are in plays a role in fostering your eye.
Q:What do you want people to know about the content you create?
The details that make up the power of design - the ones that generate an emotion, a memory. I want to provide something for people - something that transports them to a joyful, often nostalgic, space. Authentic, meaningful connections are where my interest lies.