“Even if a room looks finished…it never is. I’m always rearranging. I have been known to change furniture placement with the seasons… or my mood…”
As a child, I always helped my mom move the furniture around. It wasn’t uncommon for all of us to switch up our bedrooms entirely, and be moved into a diﬀerent room by the end of the day. I watched my mom antique milk cans, and helped her do everything from paint paneling to install cove molding. When I was a teen, my mom gave me the freedom to paint and wallpaper my bed room. My mom taught me how to change my environment and that I can do anything I set my mind to.
As a grown woman with a home of my own, I continued to learn; and do just about everything you can imagine to renovate our 100 year old home (without the luxury of internet!). I fabricated window treatments, sanded hardwood ﬂoors, and stripped the beautiful walnut banister, balusters and newel post. I wallpapered, painted and stenciled every room to ﬁt our taste and limited budget, but most importantly to change how that antique home felt. It no longer felt stale and old, instead it felt fresh, Victorian and ﬁlled with life again.
In 2009, a decorator took notice of my work and asked if I would be interested in working with her clients. I got out of my own way and began designing spaces for others. Over the years, I’ve found my passion and skill sets lie in renovation design, and making people happy with their homes.
I am always evolving- I thrive on change. Through the years, I have added and subtracted diﬀerent design services as there was a need or if an interest was piqued. Now, here I am creating a new business model for eDesign – virtual interior design – to serve design clients around the country. I am also venturing into Construction Project Management to better serve my traditional interior design clients. With all these changes taking place it is an exciting time to be collaborating and working with my design clients. I can’t wait to see what’s next!
(Decorating & Staging Academy – JoAnne Lenart-Weary
I am presently shifting from being a contractor to an
Interior Design Project Manager (new Certification is forthcoming).