My passion for home decor started in a Home Economics class at Mt. Carmel Academy (Go Cubs! ) where we had to design a color scheme theme for our “first apartment.” I remember feeling excited and giddy about colors, design aspects, textures, etc. It spoke to my heart and ignited a passion!
Life after high school and college years was hard. A traumatic event in the summer of 1992 turned my world upside down and I lost all passion for anything that really mattered. I was doing my best just to survive. I didn’t rediscover this passion until a few years later when designing a nursery for our first born daughter, Kiersten.
In 2006, my husband finished Army basic training and we were sent to the DC area. We were living at Fort Belvior in Alexandria, VA. I was tasked with turning our Army housing into a comfy home. The walls were stark white, bland and devoid of color. It was quite depressing to say the least.
It was that house that reignited my passion for home decor, color and textures. We wanted to showcase our home with our individual likes, passions and experience as well as our current locale. By 2008, our “vanilla” house was a home filled with color and unique home decor. It fit our style and family perfectly.
It was also on Fort Belvior that I discovered my love of all things country. Growing up in the big city of New Orleans, I didn’t experience a lot of that.
I walked into my first “country store” and instantly fell in love with the decor, the friendliness, and the smells of the shop. I knew exactly what I wanted to do one day, post-military, of course. I wanted to be a shop owner filled with home decor items to help other achieve that perfect look for their home.
It was that day I began to jot down my ideas for this store. I didn’t know how or when it would become a reality. However, the seeds for my dream had been planted.
Most of my professional career has been in marketing, WordPress and Web Design. Basically, I was taking that blank palette and making something out of almost nothing. I’ve enjoyed my professional career and the clients I’ve had the opportunity to work with. However, it was not my dream.
In 2011, my husband officially got out of the Army and we moved to Clear Lake, Iowa. It was here that I discovered my love of farmhouses and all things vintage and retro. We lived in a small town and I grew to love this community of amazing and hard-working people.
One evening,while discussing the next phase of our life (as our kids are no longer kids), my husband pushed and encouraged me to finally follow my dream, Oleander Market. A year later, that day has finally arrived!
Thank you for supporting Oleander Market and making my dream a reality!