I'm a professional ballet dancer who loves to share the stories behind the curtain & behind the pieces of furniture that I have rénové[ted].
In 2014, rénové emerged as an outlet to share, not only life through the lens of a professional ballet dancer, but my musings with renovating furniture.
I noticed these two loves forming in me since the early days of my childhood. There were two television programs I couldn't seem to get enough of: Angelina Ballerina & TLC's Trading Spaces. I loved watching the 'real ballerinas' at the end of every episode of Angelina Ballerina and was amazed at the renovation projects I witnessed designers perform on Trading Spaces.
At sixteen, one of my childhood dreams came true. I moved to San Francisco to continue my training in classical ballet as a Trainee with the San Francisco Ballet School and went on to join the company two years later.
I fell in love with San Francisco the more I came to walk its streets. I loved how each home had its own unique character. Especially the city’s iconic victorian homes, what attention to detail!
As I kept walking, I began discovering something lower than the houses perched on the hills, things left on the sidewalk. I'd run into gorgeous pieces of furniture, mirrors, and frames. Things that people were trying to get rid of. It was a strange phenomenon that I did not grow up seeing in Southern California...
One day, my eye was taken by this little, wooden chair, left out on the corner. All it needed was a fresh coat of paint and a new seat! Without hesitation, I picked it up & carried it home. And from there, it seems I have been renovating pieces ever since.
Currently, I’m still exploring San Francisco with my sweet, wonderful husband, while continuing to grow as a professional ballet dancer and renovate pieces on the side. My hope for this little blog is that rénové may inspire readers to re-imagine their own homes & the pieces that lie right before their very eyes.