When you find true love I really believe that that’s what it is at its core. We were friends for years and then we randomly ran into each other at a mutual friend’s birthday party. Her personality is just like somebody is holding you and hugging you and there are not a lot of people who I connect with on a really intimate level.He makes me want to be a better person, but then he also sees me and reminds me that I am a good person. He said, “We should go out antique shopping,” because I was in New York for the weekend and I thought, “Great. So I came back from the beach and we had this insanely beautiful afternoon that never ended. Especially as I get older because I understand the language of people better.There are certain things that are so important to my husband— paintings from his ex-boyfriend who was lost in the tsunami. The truth is you have to walk into a space and feel like it’s a reflection of you. I definitely never really believed in true love because I didn’t understand it but now I’ve experienced it so… He happens to be a really good guy, too, which helps.And when you are starting a new relationship it’s allowing a space to feel like a reflection of both of you. That’s why I always say, “Decorators at heart are really good listeners.” They can hear what both people need and translate that in the room. The beautiful gift of my husband is that he saw me the way I’ve always wanted to be seen and there’s something really powerful to that. I met Sheri at a dinner and the truth is, Sheri is like a warm hug.Everybody wants to live beautifully and we are all the same. That passion started my entire career, so it’s very full circle to be back at “Home Made Simple” doing these DIY projects, which — by the way— are a little bit better built than mine. I don’t know how to describe the way I feel everyday. Nate always jokes that he’s never met somebody that moves through the world as quickly and ferociously as I do. There’s so much out there and so many beautiful things that people are teaching if you’re willing to listen. We could wear our biker jackets together to dinner. The biggest influence on my life will be my husband without a doubt. “You just look for anything to blame, especially yourself.” It's quite common for women to blame themselves for infertility, but most of the time it isn’t their fault.
I don’t really know what I did to her besides give her everything she could ever want.Creating a room for us to fall back into, relax, recharge and reconnect brings a different type of strength through the entire experience, however, it changes. Talk to the person you are in love and sharing with, understand what’s important to them and really allow the space to be a reflection of both of you.Our home has changed five times since Poppy was born because she changes and we change even more. I’m like, “I guess that vintage marble table isn’t going to be a good idea.” So the baby proofing is the newest heartbreak. I’m like, “This rubber comes in three colors.”I have a philosophy that you’ve always got to honor the past, acknowledge the present and leave room in your space for the future. So many people move in with somebody and try to hold on to who they were before they were with that person and that’s not what the space is about. I moved into my husband’s first home when we met in New York and I had the entire house repainted. I was like, “You can pick three items that you can keep. And I’m going to bring three items that are mine,” but it works.Now I have this little thing and she’s this innocence that you wake up to and you put to bed.All you want to do is protect her and create the best bubble possible for her to view the world. Move here and you’ll have it in 12 seconds, forget those Chicago men.