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About Me



Before moving to the suburbs of northern Virginia, I spent the first 10 years of my life in Bangalore, India—a city that was always under construction. As a child, the chaos always intrigued me. I remember sneaking into construction sites in my neighborhood, and exploring through layers of rubble. Through my eyes, it was a treasure chest of rough-edged stones that sparkled when the light hit them at just the right angle. I found beauty and excitement in the unexpected. 


I like to think that this has influenced me in my adulthood, especially when making design decisions. I try to push myself to take unusual elements and find a way to transform them into something that’s pleasing to the eye.


I have a BFA in Interior Design with a minor in Painting & Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University. Over the years, I've worked as an Interior Designer, an Illustrator, and an Environmental Graphic Designer. My passion to immerse myself in all things design has led me to pursue my Masters. I'm currently at VCU Brandcenter and will be graduating in the Spring of 2020 with a Masters of Science in Business + Branding and a focus in Experience Design.


I'm inspired by my Indian culture, travel, and unique color palettes. When I'm not designing, you can find me block printing, cooking, or befriending strangers' dogs.

Stefan Sagmeister once featured my work on his Instagram

My portfolio was featured in an article on HOW Design:

11 Resume Designs with Slick Personal Branding"

My passion project, Rani, was fully-funded on Kickstarter in less than two weeks.

Apartment Therapy, my go-to source for interior inspiration, showcased my fresh-out-of-college, on a budget bedroom on their website.