From as early as I can remember, I have had a passion for decorating all things. I was born and raised in upstate New York to a loving family of “do-it-yourselfers” who were always supportive of my artistic ways! I remember painting my entire bedroom at the age of 13 without my parents’ permission. They came home to quite a sight but somehow knew that they should foster this passion that was kindling inside of me. I will always be grateful for their sensitivity to the potential they saw in me at such a young age.
I went to college for two years for Interior Design and supported myself during that time with my own painting and wallpapering business called Wonderwalls. It was then that I moved to the seacoast of New Hampshire some 30 years ago.
Like so many of us, my career took me on many other paths. Instead of decorating the world, I decided to change it so my college training in interior design morphed into a degree in social work. And I derived tremendous satisfaction from that for 14 years. My next calling led me to healthcare management where I would spend the next 15 years having the honor of managing so many amazing people.
During these years, I continued to nurture the “artist within” by redecorating many of the medical practices that I managed, flipping houses, obtaining my real estate license and investing in rental properties. I have also renovated six of my own homes (while living in each of them) in Kittery, Maine as well as Rye, Portsmouth and Hampton, New Hampshire. My true passion has always been the restoration of older homes and I have gained so much knowledge about this work over the years as I have had the pleasure of working alongside gifted craftsmen.
Throughout my entire life, I have been told by so many that I should be an interior decorator. They recognized in me something that I continued to put on the back burner (at least as a career choice) until the “time was right”. I recently completed a decorating job for a new client and the work was nothing short of exhilarating for me. Each new day is brimming with possibility and I am so grateful for all of it.
As it turns out, my final career choice will be my first career choice that I made so many years ago. I am beyond excited to return to this calling on full time basis. It has been a consistent passion of mine throughout many changes in my life and it feels like coming home.
My business is built on the belief that your space can be converted into something truly beautiful without having to break the bank and without having to start from a demolition. I look at what you already have and give it new life that is transformative to your home or office. I live the “Gloom to Bloom” philosophy and have been helping clients to fall back in love with their surroundings one space at a time.
Here in New England, we are so fortunate to have such an architectural variety of older homes starting with the earliest Cape Cod style houses, the traditional “New Englander”, the simple Farmhouse and the occasional Arts and Crafts Bungalow. The possibilities are endless with any one of these. That said, my style is a fusion of simple vintage and serenity. This often consists of light, neutral walls, pops of your favorite colors (often found in furnishings and cherished family pieces), natural wood tones with lots of textures (think chunky-knit blankets, baskets, etc.). These rooms evoke a feeling of comfort and coziness long after you leave the space. I believe homes are our sanctuary so I try to incorporate a sense of calm into all of my designs.
Unlike many decorating firms in the seacoast of New Hampshire, Gloom to Bloom Decorating is a small, hands-on shop and I revel in doing the work myself (ie, painting, wallpapering, minor repairs, etc.). So many homes start with good bones (particularly older houses) and just require an eye for both appreciation and potential. I have consistently found that houses respond so well to a loving touch. Clients are delighted that they didn’t opt to buy new kitchen cabinets but chose instead to “honor” the craftsmanship of what they had by simply trusting me to bring them back to life. Perhaps all you may need are some affordable updates to an outdated home. You would be amazed at how the simplest of changes can affordably transform your home or office.
I can see the potential in just about everything and I have the experience (as well as the passion) that is required to execute this vision. Together, we can create an inviting space that reflects your family’s needs and personality!
All projects begin with an initial decorating consult ($95.00/hour). Gloom to Bloom Decorating happily works with all budgets.
Call Lori today for a consult (603) 770-7839 or submit an inquiry below.