From Bleak to Beautiful (Author Interview)

From Bleak to Beautiful looks like an exciting interior design guide.  Can you tell us a little about it?

From Bleak to Beautiful was designed as a step-by-step guide to take someone with little or no understanding of interior design, and give them the fundamentals to overhaul their interior.  This book captures the process my husband and I took to create a place we love to live in and have our family and friends visit.  We just revised the book to make it more aesthetically pleasing and included over 50 additional pictures based off the feedback we received from our reviewers.

Any plans to turn it into a series?

We have thought of developing a follow-up book that goes more in depth on the different aspects of interior design.  We also would like to create an interior design book that features an interior designer from each state, specifically with a more small-town vibe, to get them some more publicity and show that even though they aren’t from a big city they can create some amazing spaces.


What inspired the idea for your book?

This book came out of my husband and I moving multiple times, with the military, and always feeling like our interior was an afterthought.  We wanted to institute fundamental changes in the function and design of our home and through years of trial and error, and research, we came up with a solid process to transform our home into our sanctuary.


What will readers get out of your book?

The ability to look at a space and identify key components that will help them decide on furniture, lighting, and other decorating elements to tie the space together and become a place they love to live in.


What part of the book was the most fun to write?

I loved the chapters where the mood of your room, including how colors affect this, and also the chapter that discusses the different styles.  It’s the most visual part and I really enjoy capturing these different aspects in word and through pictures.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing From Bleak to Beautiful?

The most challenging part was taking everything that we learned over the past nine years and putting into words.  In my head everything makes sense but writing it out was more difficult than I imagined.


Can you tell us a little about your background?

I was in the U.S. Army for five years and got out when we had our first son.  I then transitioned to being a full-time mom and student.  I did this for the past eight years and started dabbling in interior design as a hobby.  I am now a certified real estate agent in Texas and want to use my experience in interior design to help other new homeowners create their perfect home.


Where can readers find out more about your work?

We have our book “From Bleak to Beautiful” on Amazon offered in E-Book, Paperback and Hardcover in both B&W and color, and audiobook on  We also manage a Facebook group of over 450k members called “Interior Design for Beginners” and lastly have our website that we are going to start adding more content to at and there they can subscribe to our email list for future updates.