You should know Mrs. Beverly Dalton as part of the MacKenzie’s family! Beverly has worked on our team since last August. Her “gateway” to Mackenzie’s began with volunteering for our Shine Your Light and Share the Love event—hosted on July 20, 2016 to combat hatred and promote compassion. Beverly showed her compassion when she was the first to start and the last to leave. One month later she joined our team full-time. Our decades long friendship makes our days better both personally and professionally. Please read as Beverly shares her story.

“I’ve known Roiann for thirty plus years and have always admired her talents and design abilities. Our children are the same ages and we enjoyed watching them grow up and participate in sports, etc and now have the joy of exchanging stories about our wonderful grandchildren.

Our endeavors together started one day last summer when Roiann was hosting a free flower day to commemorate sharing love and world peace.  I volunteered to help her because I thought it was such a nice gesture on her part to offer this to the community. As the day progressed I saw an opportunity to use my design expertise in a different setting. By the end of the day she was asking me if I had considered coming back to work, and the rest is history.

My personal journey spans over three decades in the design profession with my focus being kitchen and bath design. My husband and I owned Signature Kitchen & Bath for thirty years specializing in kitchen & bath remodeling. Early in that business venture I became very involved in the National Kitchen & Bath Association and served on their Board of Directors for over 12 years. I held various chapter offices and then was elected to the national board and became the national president of NKBA in 2004. This was a tremendously rewarding experience and allowed me to study design and travel extensively within the United States, Canada, England, Australia and New Zealand.

I’m still enjoying design and being able to apply the skills I have developed over the years, but now I just have a different palette from which to work. The design principles are very similar but rather than working with cabinets, tile, countertops, etc. I now work with florals. I can look at a space and visualize the components such as cabinets, flooring and countertops, and now I consider the finishing component of florals. I like to think that the florals and accents add the finishing dimension to a room much like a beautiful piece of jewelry is the final accessory piece for a perfectly designed fashionable ensemble.

Roiann and I are always discovering interesting similarities and parallels in our lives. She often speaks fondly of her grandmother from whom she first discovered her love of nature and its’ beauty that she still values so much today. Similarly I learned an appreciation for flowers and design from my mother who owned a flower shop when I was a child. I think of her often now and the beautiful designs I remember her creating. As the saying goes ‘Find something you enjoy doing and you’ll never work a day in your life.’ I am very fortunate that I have had that privilege just about all my working career and never more so than now.”