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

Betsy Distler


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

Jamie Culpepper

Studio Director

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!

Alexa Blackwell

Project Manager Director

If I could watch a movie for the first time again, it would be the Princess Bride. It’s the world’s greatest story of true wuv and medieval adwwenture. 

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!

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!

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.

MJ Catalano

Interior Designer

Christmas is definitely my favorite holiday. There’s nothing cozier than relaxing by the Christmas tree under a pile of blankets watching Home Alone.

Elizabeth McLemore

Interior Designer

If I had a time machine, I would travel back to the Enlightenment period. The development of neoclassicism and the use of color has always been interesting to me!

Ashley Ferguson

Interior Designer

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

Sophia Boudouris

Interior Designer

A random fact about me is that I spontaneously adopted a donkey during my last trip to Greece! 

Colleen Gilroy

Interior Designer

My favorite tv show is New Girl! If you ask my family or friends, they think I am most like the character Winston! 

Kala Shaver

Interior Designer

If I could have an endless supply of anything, it would undoubtedly be crab rangoons!

Kate Johnson

Office Manager

If I were a sandwich, I would be a grilled cheese. I’m reliable, you can dress me up or dress me down, and boy, am I cheesy! 

Baleigh Rape

Interior Design Intern

If I could win an Olympic medal for anything, it would be for folding a fitted sheet insanely fast! 

Kalah Lee

Interior Design Intern

If I won the lottery, I would help my parents however I could. Then I would either fly to Antartica to meet an emperor penguin or start a penguin sanctuary. 

Founded by Melissa Banko, BD Studio Collection is a national collection of interior design studios and individual brands and businesses that support the interior design industry, from marketing and branding to procurement, warehousing, and installation. Visit to learn more.

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

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