become who you are!
– Pope John Paul II
Hi! My name is Fatima. I was born in our Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., and raised in Maryland. I live out in the country with my husband, Jonathan, and our two kids, James Luke and Lucy. Since getting married in May 2015, we have lived in two different apartments in Alexandria, VA, and finally in fall of 2017 we moved into our forever home in in Southern Maryland.
During the work week you can find me at a design firm in D.C. strategizing ways to make our clients’ spaces or buildings more sustainable, and healthier for those who occupy them. I got my degree in Interior Design in 2011, and thereafter did ministry with young people full-time (college-aged to middle school) for five years. It wasn’t until 2016 that I jumped back into the industry, got my feet wet in construction, then finally transitioned to the architecture and design side of the building industry in 2018. Also while I’ve nearly perfected my penmanship in my college design studio classes, I’m continuing to polish it through regularly practicing calligraphy and hand-lettering.
I enjoy what I do in sustainability, but my foremost passion will always be design. That being said, This House You’re Building was the fruit of my prayer as it has become the creative outlet I’ve been seeking to create – for writing, for art I create, for spaces I design, for sharing about home projects – all mixed in with my love for my faith and the domestic church, the family. As a working mom whose profession takes me away from home most of the day, it is my daily mission to learn over and over how to live more intentionally, and slowly, with my family when I am home, and I hope to share some of the insight here as it is the most important work. So much of our world moves at such a fast pace – at home I’m striving to do the opposite and sit patiently in the intentionality of building up our domestic church.