Betsy has been designing beautifully functional spaces for nearly 20 years. Since graduating design school, she has specialized in kitchens, bathrooms, and other highly custom areas in the home that require a lot of detailed creativity. She spent the first part of her career in the Midwest primarily working with traditional and rustic homes. After that, she worked with a high end custom cabinet maker in Seattle and hit her stride in Pacific Northwest Contemporary. With her many years of diverse experience, Betsy has a wide scope of ability for different styles. She also has a wealth of knowledge to create the most ideal functionality, ergonomics, and comfort for a space while incorporating the home owner's personality and taste. Betsy is a CKD; certified with the National Kitchen and Bath Association; she has sat on the panel to judge their annual design competition. She has also shared her passion for design with college students at the same college she graduated from, teaching kitchen and bath design courses.
Describe your go-to style:
My style always pivots around the mantra of 20th Century Modernist architecture; "form follows function". The character of the space and functionality of the room take precedent as primary focal points. Additional textures and components are there to enhance and compliment, not to create fluff. While many of my favorite projects have been Contemporary (mainly Pacific Northwest Contemporary), I also flow well with traditional styles adhering to the same principles of simplicity and focus.
Tell us your biggest design secret:
With so many options available and an endless amount of solutions for any problem, paralysis and overthinking can take the life right out of a design. When working on a design concept, I take all parameters into consideration then just allow my ideas flow as freely as possible and let instinct take the wheel.
What drives you to design?
I love the puzzle of planning and shaping a space. Bringing together all the lines, shapes, and textures.. fine tuning and shaping them until the composition is beautiful to the eye and perfectly balanced. It's an artistic and creative way of coming up with solutions that positively impacts the lives of those who dwell there long after the project is complete!