Hi, I'm Araya (yep, like a ray of sunshine). I am a wife to my best friend, mother of two beautiful children and an unexpected entrepreneur. My love for all things nature inspired started early on as I grew up in northern Minnesota along the North shore of Lake Superior. This paired with influences from my mother who is amazingly talented at all things hand made, blossomed into a love for design.
My professional career started with a dream to create beautiful spaces so I headed to the city to pursue a degree in Interior Design. After graduation, I began my career in various retail showrooms in areas such as lighting design, tile and stone, custom furniture, cabinetry and finally found my niche in the Kitchen and Bathroom Design/remodeling industry. After becoming certified as a Kitchen and Bathroom designer and being recognized and respected by my peers and clients through multiple design awards and publications in over 10 years, I was laid off due to the housing market crash.
After much worry and confusion my dreams have come full circle as I have decided to realize my dream of owning my own gift and housewares shop which will blend my lifelong passions of handmade gifts and design. Feel free to check out my professional experience via my LinkedIn profile Araya Jensen, CKD, CBD.
SHOP GIFTS AND HOUSEWARES AT WIND AND WILLOW HOME
SHOP MY OWN LINE OF HOUSEWARES ON ETSY