Helen is a Sustainable Space Designer and Classical Feng Shui Expert. Her years of training and work experience includes interior design, fine and commercial art, sacred architecture, and sustainable buildings. Specializing in eco-friendly solutions for design and lifestyle, she has worked with the US Green Building Council (USFG) to facilitate the LEED certification process for The Old Globe Theater and the Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park. Her diverse project/client list includes luxury, residential, institutional, office, retail, restaurant, model homes, hospitality, real estate, sacred/ritual spaces, exterior living spaces, and gardens. Her practice originated in Palm Springs where her upscale clients included a who’s who of well-known and high profile clients.
Helen was raised in Southern California until her family moved to Arizona just prior to her High School years. She returned to California after marrying a US Marine, which was the beginning of a mobile lifestyle. As a result of her mobility, she became skilled in maximizing spaces with tedious detail, organization, re-visioning, and re-use. She has lived in multiple states spanning the US, but she credits her three years in southern Spain for the greatest and most lasting influence on her. She developed a deep love for the art, architecture, antiquity, culture and lifestyle that exists outside the USA. She felt grounded in that soil and culture and discovered connectedness to an ancient past as she stood alone on a beach, walked the countryside, and observed the people. She claims that her study of Classical Feng Shui brought all these experiences into focus. It excited her senses and reinforced her intuitive affinity for living in harmony with nature and the universe.
From the time she was a child, Helen was referred to as “nature girl.” She collected bits of wood, leaves, glass and stones which became her “treasures.” Her best childhood moments were spent at the seaside, the forest, the dunes, and the rock formations of the Southwest. She loved the peace, beauty and comfort of nature where she connected to the sounds and sights, where she sketched for hours. Ultimately, the artifacts of the sea, mountains and desert became part of her decor. She carries that same love of nature into her designs and is a promoter and avid participant of an earth-friendly lifestyle. Feng Shui’s cycle of natural elements knitted into that tapestry and has become a life study. She lives it daily, and joyfully brings this light to others.
When asked what she most loves about her work, Helen responds,”Witnessing how it profoundly changes people’s lives for the better…including mine!”