What inspired you to join our company, and what excites you most about your new role here?
Reflecting on the journey that landed me at LD & Co, I realize that there was something that felt right from the time I read the job posting. While the majority of the job description focused on professional qualifications, it also highlighted that fun and laughter were a strong part of the culture. I can say that I felt that same energy when I walked through the door; both a grounding presence of workforce experience and an intuitive sense of belonging. Surrounded by these qualities, I have already expanded my scope of design knowledge and found plenty of laughs along the way.
Can you share a memorable experience or achievement from your previous work that you believe has prepared you well for your current position?
As an art consultant, I was surrounded by people who broke the mold. Whether it was an architect, artist, or installer, I was influenced by a community of thinkers and innovators. On the practical side, I learned trade secrets and on the intellectual side, I learned to be curious, ask a lot of questions, and to trust in the process of creative work.
Outside of work, what are some of your hobbies or interests that bring you joy and help you recharge?
Outside of work you can find me with my 2 teenage boys (Patrick, 15, and Graeme, 13) and husband (Casey) – on the ski slopes, hiking trails, tennis courts, or curled up on the sofa with our dog, Radar. When I can find some “me” time it usually involves yoga, making art in my studio, or catching up with friends on the back deck.
Is there a particular book, podcast, or TED Talk that has had a significant impact on your life or career?
I am big into Podcasts so it is hard to pinpoint just one that is pivotal. But if I had to choose, I would say the episode of The Goodlife Project with Jonathan Fields when he did an extraordinary interview with Chase Jarvis, the founder of CreativeLive. It was a moment of awakening and reassurance that being a creative is 100% necessary for our ability to thrive in life. It is about discovering a creative outlet that fully engages you, even to the extent that you lose track of time. In taking this time for ourselves, we are able to recharge and show up in our lives in our full capacity. Whether it is photography, cooking, crafting or painting – we cannot underestimate the effect that creating has on our well-being and we must be committed to honoring that process.
What is one thing about you that your colleagues might be surprised to learn?
One thing about me that would surprise my colleagues is that I was a cheerleader in middle school/high school and then a hippie in college!
How do you maintain a healthy work-life balance, and do you have any tips or strategies that have been particularly effective for you?
To be honest, I’ve decided to do away with the idea of work-life balance – it seems so very unattainable and like something I can never be at peace with. Instead, I try to focus on the importance of where I am in the moment and give it my full attention. Zeroing in on a presentation is just as critical in the moment as listening to the wind rustle the leaves on an evening walk.
Stay tuned as we unveil the remarkable designs and spaces that our new team members will bring to life. The future of interior design at Lita Dirks & Co. looks brighter than ever! Contact us to learn more about our design and installation process. We design and merchandise model homes and amenity spaces that elicit dreams of home ownership and a lifestyle worth living, set our client’s product apart from the competition, and help homes sell.