Tell us about your background. I was contract sales manager at Shades of Light from 2008-2010. My responsibilities were product development and commercial sales. At SOL I worked with developers, contractors and clients who specified lighting for hotels, restaurants, resorts and multi-family houses, as well as designers working for residential clients. My specialty was customizing lighting to each project. Favorite projects were a restaurant chain and the casino at the Greenbrier Hotel. In 2010, I decided to return home to New Orleans. I started LUME and hung my shingle as a commercial and residential lighting specialist. I also was looking for a high-end custom lighting and furnishings source for my clients. I worked with Niermann Weeks through SOL, so I contacted the director of sales to begin offering the line locally. Kathy Slater and Fifi Laughlin offered me a partnership for showroom space, so we developed a new group of artists and designers that together form Gallery 3954.
Who are the principals of your business? I am currently the sole proprietor of LUME, LLC. It is my hope for LUME to become the go-to source for illumination inspiration.
How does New Orleans affect your profession? New Orleans is my home, and I was very fortunate to be able to return to its vibrant culture, color and smells. The city motivates me to focus on its future, which subsequently emboldens me and inspires much of my creativity.
Tell us about your current projects. As a member of Gallery 3954, I have worked with architects and designers and have been privileged to consult on a hotel in Covington and a restaurant and theater in the Quarter. I have also worked on private homes, a pool house, a farmhouse, and am currently working on vacation homes in Pass Christian, Mississippi and Maine.
What else would you be doing if you weren’t doing this? Cooking and traveling.