Hello, my name is Jamie Olivarez-Hernandez. I am the “Pink Door Designer” who loves to work with my hands, think creatively and researching design history in order to find ways of making old things new again. Allow me to tell you a little bit about myself just so you know where I’m coming from.
I am a military wife of 13.5 years and happily counting. I have lived on both the East and West Coasts. I was born and raised in the city of Webster, which is a suburb about 25 miles South of Downtown Houston, Texas.
I have a beautiful daughter named Isabelle and a standard poodle named Sampson. I graduated in December of 2010 from the Art Institute of California-San Diego with a bachelor’s degree of Science-Interior Design. I have a fascination of old buildings and furnishings because of the craftsmanship that went into creating them.
I feel like I have been designing for a very long time. As a kid the best thing about playing with my Barbie’s was setting up and making houses out of shoe boxes and anything else I could find. This brings to me why the name of this site is called Woodrail Dr. It’s the street that I grew up on in my early child hood years and where my passion for design was born.
Growing up school was always a challenge for me since I have dyslexia. I grew-up focusing on my art, creativity and making people laugh in order to down play that may not have always had the best grades in school. But that never stopped me from always wanting to succeed.
I managed my way through school and got married at the early age of 20. We had our daughter 3 years into our marriage and have been “truck-in” along slow and steady. My husband and family are amazing, because of their love and support for my talent/skill. My husband really encouraged me to go attend interior design school to pursue my dreams of becoming an influential interior designer some day.
My intention for this blog will be about all things design and modern traditionalism. I will look back to the history of design and educated you on the designs methods of the past and share with you how to bring them into our fast paced world of today. My interior design philosophy is mixing old with the new, high with the low in order to create a happy environment that tells a story of the people who live, work and play in them.
About the photo above:
I decided to ware my “working” overalls that I have been using since before I got my DBA for Pink Door Designs. I love them, while my husband hate’s them. Hey we all can’t be Salma Hayek all the time. But, if they were good enough for my grandfather to ware then it’s good enough for me!
Photo by: Walter Wilson Studios, San Diego Ca. http://www.walterwilsonstudios.com/