Shortly after graduating from Newcomb I was a tour guide in New Orleans. My Louisiana architecture professor Sam Wilson inspired my love of history and houses by conducting classes in the magical Garden District and the European French Quarter.
When giving French Quarter walking tours I often strolled by the most sophisticated and intriguing antique shop. One beautiful day in October I decided to explore this gorgeous shop. It was the first time I met what would become my mentor, Gerrie Bremermann.
Initially I was a bit intimidated by the elegance and prices but after perusing the entire shop and pretending like I knew what I was doing, I courageously asked about a chandelier. Gerrie walked up to me in her fabulously understated, but obviously expensive attire and told me all about it. She then told me I had a good eye. It was as if Glinda the Good Witch had dinged me on the head with her wand and said, “You had the power all along, my dear.” That moment probably changed the entire direction of my career.