While studying at The College of DuPage and working as a residential designer in Naperville, Illinois, she gained vast knowledge of the industry and ventured East to Boston, Massachusetts to tackle Corporate and Hospitality Design. Not only did she work for the top commercial firm in Boston, she assisted in designing retail settings at Crate and Barrel and the redesign of the Balsams Hotel in New Hampshire.
In 2003, Michelle opened her own firm and worked solely with established Boston clientele designing their residences and model homes. In 2007 she landed the redesign of the Lobby at the Inn At Harvard, the boutique hotel to Harvard University in Cambridge Massachusetts. Then contracted in 2009 to work on the Presidents’ House at the Prestigious Columbia University in New York City.
Michelle knew from a very early age that she had the gift to “See things how they should be”. She immersed herself early in age into projects ranging from high school work programs to heading up a full renovation of a cottage in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
Her design aesthetic is simple yet elegant. “ I want my clients taste to be reflected in thier space. I like to use pieces that they have and incorporate them with new elements. Comfort and function is my priority.” Following traditional style with touches of ambient lighting and tranquil colors, Michelle uses her sense of aesthetics and studies of Feng Shui to build a room.
Charity work has been a way for her “to give back”. After running the largest installation for The Room To Dream Foundation in Boston, Michelle decided to return home to Chicago to start a family of her own. “There was nothing to compare the joy I felt inside after giving that family the home they deserved”. At that point, I knew I wanted my own family. Now, raising three young boys with a baby on the way with her husband.