Q: Is this a business? What exactly is Southern Sky Design?
Well, yes and no! When I first moved to Indiana from New York City three years ago, I wanted to create my own brand - my own little imprint in the world. Through the power of networking and a lot of hard work, I created a pretty (pun intended!) successful little flower biz. When it came time to grow the business side to meet the demand, I decided it just wasn't the right time in my life. I've kept the social media, website and blog current to capture the things I love and create. Think of it like an online portfolio of sorts.
Q: Where are you from?
Born and raised in wonderful South Georgia, I moved to New York City at the age of 22. After nearly a decade in the big apple, I fell in love with the sweetest Indiana boy and well, the rest is Hoosier history! We currently live in Indianapolis and I feel thankful to call several places 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 + truly believe it was the best transition for a sheltered southerner moving to a big city - not to mention it was hard work. Oh, the stories I have ( i.e. interviewing with Sarah Jessica Parker and Uma Thurman!). 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 celebrity PA + Project Manager for the Founding Editorial Director of one of the top wedding magazines in the country. My time working on photo shoots + around some of the best 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: Have you always been creative?
Yes! I still have doodle pads full of sketches from my childhood, but the creativity part really came from my Mom. She worked in banking, but has a passion for interior design. She taught calligraphy, collected inkwells, and took me antiquing almost every weekend. She still calligraphs wedding invites from time to time! You can see my heavy southern roots in the color + construction of my designs. Add some modern flair + you've got yourself a Southern Sky Design!
Q: What do you "do" now?
I work as a Project Manager within Corporate Hospitality. I absolutely LOVE my job, company (s/o Cummins!) and the people I work with and for. It truly combines my passion for design and experience. I feel very lucky.
Q:What do you want people to know about the content you create?
One of my most vivid memories of my grandmother is the camellia bush in her front yard. She always had fresh blooms in a Waterford vase and while it was the smallest detail, it was also the definition of thoughtful, southern charm; a pretty welcome, with a dose of self-care. It's details like these that make up the power of design - it generates a feeling, an emotion, a memory. I want to provide something for people - something that transports them to a joyful, often nostalgic, space. Whether that is through pretty photos of my holiday table or flowers for your celebration - authentic, meaningful connections is where my interest lies.
Thanks for stopping by, y'all. Cheers!