Annette K Dunlap
My love for decorating came at an early age as did my love of all things vintage. My mom was always taking me "antiquing" as a little girl and I fell in love with the well worn finishes and patinas that gave so much personality to old piece of furniture. Everything had a story! I even carried a tiny antique blue tin lunchbox to middle school...still have it (and yes, I got teased a little, but I didn't mind). What I most enjoyed was just spending time with Mom and trying so hard to learn her creative ways as she was endlessly remodeling, refinishing furniture, building something, sewing, baking special treats or cooking amazing dinners. She was and always will be my inspiration.
So how did I get interested in coastal design you ask? For nearly 20 years our family has vacationed on the Delaware shores making so many unforgettable beach memories! As much as I love the East coast I also love the tropics. My husband and I honeymooned in St. Martin and we've subsequently visited several other tropical destinations during our 29 years together. Tulum, Mexico has become one of my favorites because it's not only beautiful but it's such an eclectic and cool place...a decorator's paradise! I've been stockpiling shells and vintage coastal finds from our trips for many years slowly transforming our home into a midwest beach house (we have a pond if that counts!) Redesigning coastal homes and rental properties would be my dream job, but since we live nowhere near a beach I've decided to focus on coastal e-Design services. For those of you who aren't familiar with the e-Design process it's a virtual rendering created with shoppable products and it's a really affordable way to work with an interior decorator to update your coastal home or beach rental. There's just something about the ocean that speaks to my soul and I love creating cheerful relaxing spaces that are welcoming for both home owners and renters. So thankful to my husband for all of our wonderful beach vacation experiences and for his constant support and encouragement in my business.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention two of my biggest supporters...my Mom and Dad who were always eager to hear about my new design projects. They would listen to me endlessly...their interest and input meant so much to me. In October of 2017 I lost my dad to cancer and 4 1/2 months later in February of 2018 I lost my mom to dementia. It's been a trying year to say the least and I miss them more than mere words can express, but I'm taking a leap of faith by moving forward in my business and in my life. I know that they're by my side every step of the way believing in me and supporting me just like they've always done.
If you've gotten through this entire Bio I sincerely thank you for taking the time to read about what inspired me to become an interior decorator and work in this creative field. (I also have 3 very talented siblings and hope to showcase some of their artistic creations in my future designs!) I really love my job and I enjoy helping people create spaces that reflect who they are. Your home doesn't have to be perfect...it just needs to be filled with things that speak to your heart and make you smile. Please feel free to contact me for more information on how I can help you with your design project!