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Hi there!

Welcome to Domestic Heights.

Are you ready to crank your creativity up another notch? Of course you are or you wouldn’t be here. I’m here to help you take your awesomeness to another level. 

And who am I?

I’m Ilyssa, the one woman show behind Domestic Heights. I started DH as a creative outlet for me and a way to share both my own projects and some of my favorite resources for home decor and crafts.

I’m an engineer by training. There wasn’t much of a creative outlet in my day job. I always turned to things around the house for ways to express myself through crafts and DIY projects. 

After lots of encouragement from friends and family, I finally decided to start this blog and share my projects with everyone. 

I hope my designs and ideas can bring a little joy and inspiration to your life too. 

On a personal note, I grew up in the midwest. I’m married to a Swede and we live in San Francisco with our two energetic toddlers. Other than crafts, DIY and Home Decor, I’m an organizing fanatic, perpetual list maker and relentless snacker.

My background is in engineering. I went to University of Illinois (UIUC) for undergrad, go Illini! I then spent some time in Boston getting my MBA and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from MIT. (err, go Beavers! somehow it doesn’t have the same ring, ha) I can’t decide if the winters are worse in the midwest or east coast.

I’ve worked in all sorts of industries from aerospace (yes, I was a rocket scientist, not a very good one though), telecommunications, enterprise software and then energy efficiency/green tech but I decided to quit my corporate job a couple of years ago to try something new.

Ironically, a lot of my corporate experience translates to crafting. I’ve done a lot of design work from circuit design to powerpoint.  So I’ve translated all this accumulated boring desk job skills into craft designs, from template design to 3D modeling in this blog.

Outside of crafts, I have lots of other interests. I’m a retired pageant girl who still gets involved with community charity work. My platform has always been to encourage young women to pursue careers in STEM. I’m also interested in micro-finance and used to volunteer as a regional president of a micro-finance non-profit called Wokai. I had to take a break from it when the kids came along because I just couldn’t fit it in but I intend on getting back to it all.

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Or you can always reach me at hello@domesticheights.com