Meet our next self-nominated FGOTW.
Who: Kelli, 26 yrs. old
Where: Currently reside in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but I am from a little town in the New York’s Hudson Valley called Newburgh. Two places at opposite ends of the spectrum and I love them both equally.
What do you do? To make ends meet I am an Interior Designer/Historic Preservationist for a Center City Philadelphia architecture firm. What I would like to do is to be an Interior/Exhibit Design Consultant for private residential clients and museums. I’d like to assist museums in properly interpreting and displaying the history of African and Latino Americans. I’d love to see one of our historic interiors in the Philadelphia Museum of Art next to the other historic interiors of the Philadelphia region! I am still trying to figure out exactly how to do that, but that’s my goal. For my residential clients I’d like to assist them in creating the most comfortable, beautiful, personality-reflecting interiors I can with the great taste I have! ;0)
What inspires you? Nature, city life, the Alhambra (Moorish architecture), Louis XV gilded arm chairs, chai tea, Umesh’s (my friend and greatest cook!) photography, dancing, alpona, ashtanga yoga, Degas’ dancers, and Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.
Why are you fly? I am learning everyday a little more about myself and getting over my shyness to reveal my discoveries to the world. I love taking on a new design challenge and working through the situation until the problem is solved to be best of my creative ability. I am carving my own little space out of the world of interior design and historic preservation.
Advice: I know it is cliché but LIVE, LOVE, LEARN, and don’t forget to LAUGH, especially at yourself as you are stumbling through the first 3 things. Embrace your weirdness. Fight for your dream and always remember the people who helped you get there.