Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Our talented team of designers, interior architects and purchasing agents work from our three studios to program, design, document and purchase all aspects of interiors for our clients.

Melissa Banko

Founder & Principal

The best advice I’ve received is: don’t follow the masses because sometimes the ‘m’ is silent. I strive to do things differently, not for the sake of being different, but to be innovative.

Steph Hyatt

Business Development

If I could master one skill, it would be flair bartending. Imagine me slinging mixed drinks like a female version of Tom Cruise in the 1988 movie Cocktail

Brittany Panachida

Business Development

If I had a warning label, it would definitely say: Warning! Personality May Be Larger Than It Appears

Interior Designers

Betsy Distler

Studio Director

If I had a superpower, it would be to give our staff the tricks, tools and knowledge to make them in to designer superheroes! 

Sofia Bonilla

Interior Designer

My favorite karaoke song is Livin’ La Vida Loca. It’s one of the best songs ever and it’s my go-to for karaoke nights.

Lauren Brewer

Interior Designer

My best costume ever was when I dressed as Pebbles from The Flintstones in college. I DIY’d the whole thing, including the bone that went in my hair.

Anne Cook

Interior Designer

The best era for fashion is the 1940s and 1950s. I would love to see pillbox hats and tailored cape-suits come back in to fashion.

Jamie Culpepper

Interior Designer

If I joined the circus, I would definitely be with the clowns. I love to make people laugh and I can paint my face really well!

Regan Elliott

Interior Designer

If I could have an unlimited supply of anything, it would be houseplants because my dream is to live in a greenhouse full of plants and books – like a secret garden.

Ashley Ferguson

Interior Designer

The three things I could never do without are chapstick, a calculator and Chick-fil-a!

Angela Fitzpatrick

Interior Designer

What food would I want an endless supply of? Easy. Hot cheese pizza! I’m a sucker for melted cheese.

Caroline Fritze

Interior Designer

If I could bring any fictional character to life, it would be Dwight Schrute. He would be a constant source of entertainment, and I bet his beets are actually pretty good. 

Kayla Jones

Interior Designer

If I were reincarnated as a famous landmark, I’d be Walt Disney World. It’s the happiest place on earth!

Elizabeth McLemore

Interior Designer

Blake Pettite

Interior Designer

If I could live in a movie, I’d choose The Great Gatsby – the 2013 version with Leonardo Dicaprio. I’d call people “Old Sport” and attend Jay Gatsby’s extravagant parties!

Alex Phillips

Interior Designer

My favorite trip was my visit to Victoria Falls in Zambia. We went to Livingston Island where I sat in the Angel’s Pool overlooking the 355′-0“ waterfall drop to the bottom.

Jan Reynolds

Interior Designer

I once zip-lined in the Dry Forest in Costa Rica. I was scared to death until I realized that the only other way down was walking past a coral snake!

Rachel Srodulski

Interior Designer

Courtney Wilson

Interior Designer

If I were an animal, I’d probably be a meerkat because I’m always alert and aware of my surroundings! Also, I love their song in Lion King 1 1/2. 

Jessica Ybarra

Interior Designer

If I could live anywhere in the world, I’d choose a little house along the river in Avignon in the South of France. I’d spend my days riding my bike and enjoying the scenery.

Taylor Spaziano

What Guinness World Record do I think I could beat? The fastest time to drink a Capri Sun, of course. 15 seconds isn’t even that fast!

Emily Haley

PR + Special Projects

What am I good at? Easy. Talking to strangers, eating poke and guessing who’s getting voted off the island next on Survivor.

Banko Midwest

Full-service interior design and FF&E procurement in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Colleen Duffy

Marketing Coordinator & Admin

Touger Yang

Interior Designer

If I could listen to one album for the rest of my life, I would chose Lana Del Rey’s “Born to Die” album. That album is a roller coaster and is perfect for a jam session.

Our team coordinates and collaborates on a level distinct from other firms.

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