I love to travel and have studied English, German and Spanish. Discovering different cultures, understanding the people and discerning the cultural differences is exciting. Those blends of culture are brought into my residential and commercial designs.
Studying international business at the Ecole Superieure des Practiciens du Commerce International outside Paris, seemed like the perfect outlet to marry my love of languages, and a practical way to make a living. A semester at San Diego State University gave me a taste of the American Way of life: “If you want to do it just go for it!” proclaimed my business management teacher. I was sold and set out on my journey!
Living in New York City afforded opportunities to work with the very talented Barbara Ohrbach who owned one of the first and finest home furnishings store in Manhattan: Cherchez and then in the Polo Ralph Lauren flagship store where my interest in home furnishings was confirmed!
At Polo Ralph Lauren, exquisite taste and elegance were a part of my everyday world. Each collection was set up in a separate room with antiques, beautiful furniture and an attention to details second to none. I learned the value of delivering impeccable service to my clientele who represented actors, celebrities, government dignitaries and distinguished business people from around the world. Polo Ralph Lauren was a destination for home furnishings and I soon realized that I loved helping customers design their homes, mixing patterns and selecting furniture came easily. Clients accepted my recommendations and I built my client base.
Wanting more, while working in New York, I studied interior design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Eager for the freedom of designing with a larger selection of furniture and fabrics, I joined several design firms on the Upper East Side working my way up from an assistant to interior designer.
High end project design experience was gained while working with Timothy MacDonald and Sandra Nunnerley. From design concept through construction project management and installation, no detail was too small. I gained appreciation for the collaboration between clients, contractors, suppliers and designers. It takes a team to design a successful project.
Marriage and life then took me to Scottsdale, AZ where I started work on a very large residential project. To this day, this was one of the most wonderful collaboration between clients, architect, builder and designer. Our team created a formal English home in the desert with architectural and interior finishes details that require the up most talent from all the trades involved. I learned to locate quality vendors and sources quickly and adapt my design to the southwestern climate and architecture. (More details on this project are available in the portfolio)
My son was born and a move to Pittsburgh, PA came next. I participated in the Junior League Showhouse featuring a Louis XV powder room. Pittsburgh is rich in talent and culture where creative artists have worked on a variety of projects. Key relationships have been developed with vendors and we work with only the best to achieve the optimal results for my clients.
Working in Naples, FL has given me a flair for coastal design. It was while in Florida that I met an architect who has become a great contributor to my projects. We enjoy a collaborative approach to space planning, and understanding on how a home or office should function. Through this collaboration, we have saved clients thousands of dollars as we review house plans before the house is built, making suggestions that create a friendlier environment for the users or a better use of the space.
Commercial office space design receives the same approach, understanding how employees use the space is key to a successful project. The best space solution is achieved by considering the well-being of the employees which ultimately leads to increased productivity and business growth.
Embracing my French heritage as well as the cities I lived in around the years, I work from offices in Pittsburgh, Naples and Paris. Spending time in various cities, working on projects wherever my clients may have interests to bring an international approach to interior design is at the core of our design services. A passion for style and a flair for elegance shine through on our designs.
Credentials & Accomplishments
A little more about Catherine……
- LEED AP Interior Design+Construction, ~ an accredited professional in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, allowing me to advise clients on creating a healthier environment with green sustainability.
- Past President of Zonta Three Rivers Pittsburgh North Chapter. Zonta Internationalsupports improving the circumstances of women locally and globally at every stage of life through advocacy, service and fund raising.
- Studied interior design at the Fashion Institute of Technology
- Worked under expertise and guidance of Timothy MacDonald and Sandra Nunnerley
- Experience in high end retail in New York City at Barbara Ohrbach, Cherchez and then in the Polo Ralph Lauren flagship store.
- Studied international business at the Ecole Superieure des Practiciens du Commerce International outside Paris and San Diego State University.