Chelsea has a Bachelor of Design in Interior Design from the University of Florida, and has practiced with architects and other designers in Florida, Washington DC, Georgia, and currently Alaska. Chelsea’s desire to design has been cultivated by the many places she has lived and traveled to, and the cultures and people who have impacted her life. She has a heart for helping others, and believes the spaces people live and interact in truly affect who they are. Chelsea wants to create spaces that not only promote usability for the client, but truly reflects their identity and positively impacts the way they view life.
From where do you draw most of your inspiration?
I draw most of my inspiration from the places I have traveled, the different cultures I have experienced, and the heart I have for helping others. I truly believe the spaces in which people interact can positively or negatively affect who they are and how they view life. Inspiration for me can come from things such as incredible sunsets or peaceful mornings out on the boat, as well as walking through the textural streets of foreign countries, playing yard games with orphans in Zambia and taking part in beautiful meals created by hospitable hosts. Inspiration is everywhere, in things we choose to take part in, as well as all of the people we come in contact with.
We know you love designing, but what about it do you love most?
I love the challenge of creating a space that a client will eventually call theirs, that will make them feel at home and embody who they are. I love getting to know clients and be let into who they are and what makes them unique, to have that trust and respect to design something that will impact their lives. I love the finished product, to see something I have envisioned in my mind come to life and take on meaning. Design is a way of thinking and viewing the world for me, a passion, not just a career or a profession. It is who I am and how I look at life and experiences.
Describe your ideal project:
An ideal project for me would be something that is out of the ordinary, something that would challenge me as a designer, and allow me the ability to learn more about this field. A project in which the client is open to trying something new, experimenting with different textures, and bringing some of my travel experiences into the concept of the design.