Young Leaders Series
Connie Nankee building in her workshop
Twice the Talent She can design it. Oh, and she can build it too.
You’ll notice within the overview page of this magazine, there is a line which states, “With Each Client, A Chance to Do Something Special.”
Connie Nankee is one, very real reason why that statement is never marketing rhetoric. As a member of Strang’s award-winning interior design group, Connie lives that message, striking a beautiful balance within form, function and frugality. Connie possess a natural ability to capture a client’s vision, then transforms abstract into absolute.
To know Connie is to know a confident, conscientious and creative leader. She applies an integrated and aligned development protocol to each project. In other words, she is an enthusiastic practitioner of Strang’s Design Synchronicity. Connie and her interiors colleagues champion purposeful, empowering spaces predicated upon exemplary design, where healthy surroundings and brand-driven strategies strengthen present performance and future adaptability.
Connie’s passion for interior design is only a notch or two below her love of family and - wait for it – her lifelong love of being a maker. From a very young age, Connie was drawn to creative design and developing the necessary skills to build those designs.
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs once said “I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.” So, what’s next for Connie? Ask her about her own kitchen remodeling project – and this one is actual full size.
By her own admission, she “lingered” around dollhouses longer than most girls would care to admit. While she fully enjoyed that fanciful experience, she found herself naturally drawn towards building her imagination and reshaping the dollhouse itself. From fixtures, floors and furnishings, Connie would reimagine the space (several times over), then actually build it. Balsa wood, cardboard and hobby paint, together with household odds and ends were her materials of choice. She learned early-on that modest budgets called for resourceful, creative thinking and do-it-yourself solutions. As a young girl, Connie was creating fun, and as it turns out, creating a future vocation and avocation.