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Jo often says that she lives by the golden rule – do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Although this may seem a bit out of date in this day and age, she believes the simplicity of this philosophy is the best way to live.
During her 20 plus years in the design industry, she is frequently asked if she has a "look." The simple answer is no. Jo is driven by the desire to create an environment that is unique to each client. She listens to the client then combines her expertise to create a customized style.
At a very early age, Jo was known as the kid that always did things differently. Throughout her life, whether it was for an art show, floral show, or working with a client, she is always putting a unique twist on everything she touches. She won her first floral design competition at 12 years old, is a juried clay artist, and has produced both functional pottery and sculpture. Jo is the happiest when ideas are flowing out of her hands.
Having traveled to 31 countries and lived outside of the United States for five years, Jo draws on her travel experience when creating concepts for clients. She studied art history while living in Europe along with additional academic studies. A design is not just "form following function"; a design has to have a feeling about it that matches the client's preferences and needs.
Jo has refined her expertise with a design degree from IUPUI School of Construction Technology and has successfully passed the National Kitchen and Bath Association's Accreditation Examination. Her training stressed the technical side of kitchen and bath design to consider client safety as well as accessibility for the physically challenged. The newest addition to her design arsenal is the 20/20 Design software that allows her to show clients what their imaginations cannot see and facilitates discussion of how the design can be modified to their preference.