This month’s employee spotlight features Lead Designer, Remodeling Pro and Interior Designer, Natalie Hanson. Natalie has been part of our Design Team for over 8 years. Prior to joining the Castle team, Natalie worked as a property manager at an apartment building and a server.
Natalie received her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the Art Institute of MN and has been actively working in the industry ever since. She attended an alternative high school at the Minnesota Zoo called the School of Environmental Studies, where she developed a passion for environmental sciences. Right out of high school, she decided to pursue a career in Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma where she spent two years chasing tornados and attending Sooner football games. While this was exciting, she knew that it was not a lifetime career path for her.
She has been interested in art, architecture and interiors since childhood and settled on the field of interior design for her next educational adventure. She loves to use her knowledge of environmental sciences in her designs to help create functional, livable spaces that are sustainable and healthy for her clients. Natalie believes that listening intently to a client’s needs is the most important piece in creating the perfect personalized design.
Natalie finds inspiration for design in traveling – she enjoys traveling to Europe, specifically Scandinavia – and finds inspiration in nature. When she’s not chasing her toddler around the house, she spends her free time doing outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, fishing & kayaking, and loves yoga, cooking while drinking wine, and of course, watching thunderstorms with extreme excitement.
Our marketing team sat down with Natalie to get to know her a little more, here’s what she had to say:
What are three fun facts about you?
- I started college to be a meteorologist
- I love camping and fishing
- I am a yogi
Why did you choose this profession?
To better people’s lives.
Can you share an industry related piece of advice for those who want to join the remodeling industry?
Listening is more important than speaking.
What inspires you?
Nature and historical architecture.
What is the best advice you have received?
Don’t take things too personally.
Can you share your favorite quote?
Walking, I am listening in a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch & listen. You are the result of the LOVE of thousands.
- Linda Hogan