Creativity and passion are essential to designing engaging, functional, and individual spaces. A successful design is accomplished by taking the ideas and desires of the client and making them a reality. Sometimes, it is necessary to value engineer and develop a plan B, but we always make it a top priority to deliver a comforting space that promotes well-being and identifies with the end-user.
As the SVP for Marriott ExecuStay for 14 years, my responsibilities included many facets of our corporate housing business. My division handled all design aspects, including finish selection, space planning, contractor selection, FFE, built-in schematics, vendor contract negotiations, and project management.
ExecuStay had properties on Collins Avenue in Miami, Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Manhattan in New York, and many others. Each property required something different and unique to elevate it above the competition. Our design for each property was based on its location and resident profile while maintaining our brand image.
We prided ourselves on being ahead of the curve in our industry and strived for ways to enhance our business. That drive enabled us to take the company public in only ten years.
In 2004, because of the loyalty and working relationships that I had fostered in the industry, I decided to start my own business. When I was thinking of a name for my business, I wanted it to represent what I considered interior design to be. I want to create deliberate designs based on geographical location, lifestyle, functionality, history, and individual preferences in designing a space. Thus, Environments By Design.
EBD has had the privilege to work on a variety of special projects throughout the years, including a couple of memorable projects which were personally satisfying for how they affected the needs of the communities they served.
* We designed Colin Powell’s offices in Alexandria when he started “America’s Promise,”
a foundation that helps inner-city children succeed.
* We also designed the furnishings and décor for a Ronald McDonald-type housing facility in
Miami, which provides housing for the families of sick children at The Miami Children’s
It is our culture to demonstrate respect, kindness, and ethical behavior toward all people. I believe we all have a responsibility to our communities to use our talents where possible to help others in need. We provide complimentary design services for nonprofits that build respite housing for the sick and offer furnishings to charities that provide housing for domestic abuse or recovering drug abuse individuals.
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
― Mother Teresa
We only find success when you do, so we strive to create a unique environment that your residents are proud to call home.