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

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! 

Anne Bauer

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.

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.

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.

Kayla Ingalls

Interior Designer

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

Jamie Malys

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!

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!

Courtney Wilson

Interior Designer

If I had an extra hour every day, I would nap. Sleeping is my favorite pastime. 

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.

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

Intern 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. 

Ashley Ferguson

Interior Designer

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

Travis Snyder

Procurement Director

If I could eat only one meal for the rest of my life, it would be fried chicken tacos from Taqueria Del Sol. They’re delicious, local, contain the four food groups and I love any food that you can pair with a margarita!

Jesse Lexow

Procurement Agent

I’m happiest when I’m traveling out West or when I’m watching the Clemson Tigers and Atlanta Falcons play!

Laura Ann Wagerman

Procurement Agent

Favorite cheese? My favorites are smoked gouda and white stilton cheese with cranberries. Both pair well with a bold cab and an outdoor fire!

Kristen Reiman

Procurement Agent

If I could visit any fictional place, it would have to be Asgard from Thor. I really think I could fit in with the Valkyrie women. 

Amber Herrington

Procurement Agent

What’s my signature dish? Empanadas with a side of fried yuca! My abuelita and I used to have so much fun cooking these when I was little!

Lisa Anton

Procurement Admin

I’d rather be at the lake.

Whitney Wheeler

Marketing Director

What do I have in common with Kris Jenner? More than once, I’ve found myself taking photos of our team and saying, “You’re doing amazing, sweetie!”

Carly Otts

Accounting Manager

If I could time travel, I’d go back to the 1960s and live the hippie life.

Stacy Carrington

Accounting Coordinator

What fashion trend would I bring back? All things 70s please! I love the funky prints, bell bottom jeans and sleeves, and of course, the music!

Kayla Hughes

Accounting Admin

If I was a potato, I’d definitely want to be made into a tator tot because who doesn’t like tator tots?

Taylor Spaziano

Office Manager

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!

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

Amy Bursey

Partner

If I could have dinner with any one person, it would be RBG. I’ve always wanted her to be my mentor. She fights for the underserved and I am obsessed with her tenacity!

Elaine Van Someren

Studio Director

The number one item on my bucket list has to be hang gliding! I have sky dived, but it’s far too quick – I’d like to stay up there and soar for a while.

Maripat Giefer

Interior Designer

I’m happiest on a beach with my family. There’s nothing better than being completely present with my favorite people in the entire world!

Ellen Keenan

Interior Designer

What celebrity chef would I choose to make me dinner? Ina Garten. Bring on the butter!

Jill Quam

Interior Designer

If I could teleport, I would go to Glacier National Park to go hiking and see the beautiful bright blue water.

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.

Jennifer Carlin

Account Manager

Favorite odd food pairings? Fried chicken, waffles and a glass of champagne!

Michele Hazelton

Account Manager

If I could time travel, I would visit New York City in the 1940s! Fashion, hairstyles and dancing — need I say more?

Danielle Quinnell

Studio & Procurement Admin

My favorite holiday tradition has to be my hometown’s 4th of July parade. Seeing my nephew enjoy the festivities as much as I do is my new favorite part!

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