My two daughters, Josephine and Eden, are my driving force. I established Elan Design not only for myself, but also for them. My husband, Haluk, is extremely supportive of the company. I was selected to participate in the 2020 Hampton Designer Showhouse, and I couldn’t have done it without him. My family is everything to me, and I enjoy working with clients who share similar values and focus.
After graduating from The George Washington University Business School, I started a small private concierge service. My team and I served Washington DC’s Social Elite, Business Executives, Lobbyists, Architects and Interior Designers. It gave me a keen understanding of the delicate balance in creating and maintaining a luxury home that is both high profile and family friendly.
My extensive international travel has heightened my appreciation of individual cultures and global perspectives. Elan Design is an expression of my exposure to the fine art, architecture, cuisine, fashion, and general lifestyles of the various countries I've visited. I was especially impressed by the Italian celebration of beauty in their daily routines. Israel is a magical country, a place where one can truly feel a heightened sense of spirituality. I immediately felt the breadth and depth of Istanbul when my husband took me to visit his hometown. I was able to show him a beauty of the country he hadn’t seen before. All of my travels continue to influence my artistic being and inspire my designs.
I speak more about my paintings and me painting on the ART page. But I mention my love of art here because it has always been special to me. When I was an infant, my mom took me to the Philadelphia Museum of Art; she would walk me around to various paintings, introducing me to art and artists. To this day, a museum is one of my happiest places to be.
When I was deciding on names for the business, I was combing the thesaurus. Finally, I came upon the word, "elan: energy, style, and enthusiasm". I’ve heard this word before, and I found it to be the perfect way to encapsulate my core beliefs of interior design. For me, it is about capturing your energy to create the best space to support your best life. I always say, “Style sets the stage”. And enthusiasm is what I feel everyday knowing that I get to be creative at work. That was it. That's me.
I'm very good at what I do. I can help you get your house together - finished, and gorgeous, and customized to your family.