Dana is a graduate of Florida State University with a B.Sc. in Interior Design. In 1990 Dana spent a semester studying art history and drawing in Florence, Italy. After graduating, her subsequent seven years were with a highly regarded Internationally recognized Home furnishings company. As a highly respected Commercial Designer, she worked in the Company's Store Planning Department Designing & Merchandising new retail store locations both in the US and Internationally. Later, as a Merchandise Manager, Colorist and Designer of the company's Area Rug Department, she traveled to Europe and India to develop exclusive Rug Designs.