Over the last seventeen years Carla has lived in the arts-centric pulse of Berlin Germany; along the ancient silk-road region of Azerbaijan; on America's East Coast, South Coast, and its heartland's Gold Coast; and in the exotic heart of Southeast Asia - Bangkok, Thailand. As an expat, she's had the opportunity to immerse herself in and observe first hand the rich artistic traditions, organic craftsmanship, and collective spirit and styles of living in a medley of cultural landscapes across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
From Portugal to Poland to Prague to Pisa, Tanzania to Indonesia and Cairo to Dubai, Istanbul to Baku and Berlin to Bangkok, Carla's colorful encounters and longtime exposure to good-life finds continued to fuel her lifelong love of travel, design, and taste for smart interiors with a certain bohemian soul. The sum of these was the catalyst for her online home accessories boutique, CFMichaels. With a refined sensibility and practiced eye, she trekked highroads and backroads around the world - from fine boutiques to souks and hill tribe villages - scouting authentic designs and storied pieces for modern day spaces.
Prior to beginning a whirlwind life abroad, Carla earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in English and Composition, worked as a corporate technical writer and editor for a Fortune 500 consulting firm, and worked as a freelance editor in the healthcare industry.
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University of Maryland at College Park, Master of Arts Composition and Rhetoric
University of Maryland at College Park, Bachelor of Arts English
Miami, Florida USA|English
SOLD - CFMichaels
Silk Moth to Material
Good Life Finds: Chiang Mai
On Location: Vientiane Laos
Antiquing in Bangkok
Travel piece for the Antiques Diva and Company on shopping and traveling in Thailand.