Mentors

Meet our exceptionally talented Interior Design Professionals and your Mentors. They are all recognized for excellence in interior design and have been hand selected to represent their design and business perspectives. Each of these Mentors are passionate about collaboration and education, and Décor Mentor is grateful for their partnership in re-defining the industry.

Canada

Lisa Ferguson Interior Design

Decor Mentor Founder: Lisa Ferguson, Toronto, Ontario
Website: www.lisafergusoninteriordesign.com
Twitter: decormentor

 

Articles by Lisa

Lisa has 23+ years experience in home decor: renovating & decorating interiors, speaking, designing furniture as well as importing and marketing home decor goods. Early in her career, features in Style at Home and The Toronto Star, have enabled Lisa to work on many diverse projects with over 350+ clients and her business is almost entirely referral based. Lisa is incredibly passionate about deep education, creativity, collaboration and mentoring.

 

Mentor: Jennifer Brouwer, Markham, Ontario
Website: www.jenniferbrouwerdesign.com
Twitter: JennBrouwer

 

Articles by Jennifer

Jennifer Brouwer of Jennifer Brouwer Design Inc has over 13 years of interior design experience completing over 350 building and renovation projects for clients from Rosedale to Oakville. Jennifer offers full service interior design solutions that include design concept, design development, product procurement, facilitation and implementation. Jennifer’s work has been published in the book “Spectacular Homes of Toronto” and named as one of Toronto’s top designers and is also frequently sought out by media as an authority and resource.

 

Mentor: LeAnne Bunnell, Calgary, Alberta
Website: www.elledesign.ca
Twitter: ellestudio

 

Articles by LeAnne

LeAnne Bunnell brings an inspired and classic approach to designing interiors.  In collaboration with associate trades and other professionals, LeAnne personalizes each space to suit her clients’ needs.  Modern to rustic, sophisticated to family casual, she wields clean lines and considered details to compose elegant, quality interiors, anchored always by the unique taste and lifestyle of each client

Mentor: Nyla Free, Calgary, Alberta
Website: www.nylafreedesigns.com
Twitter: nylafree

 

Articles by Nyla

Nyla, who is passionate about all things creative, offers incredible insight into the process of design as a regular contributor to Dabble Magazine. Her exquisite design work has also been featured in Alberta Home and Western Living. Nyla Free Designs offers full service interior design, re-decoration and online design through Design in a Box.

Mentor: Corea Sotropa
Website: www.coreasotropa.ca
Twitter: coreasotropa

Articles by Jacqueline

Jacqueline’s successful interior design career began in commercial design, specializing in restaurant and commercial projects. Jacqueline is frequently sourced as an industry expert by newspapers and magazines including a recent feature in House and Home and is seen regularly on Breakfast Television. Her special interest is renovations – reconfiguring existing spaces to accommodate client’s needs: all aspects of a project from start to finish including the planning, design, and furniture selection. Jacqueline’s personal style combines classic traditional pieces with modern textures and simple lines.

Mentor: Becky Freeman, Toronto, Ontario
Website: www.beckyfreeman.com
Twitter: bfreeathome

Articles by Becky

Becky began her design career at the prestigious Gluckstein Design. Now at the helm of Becky Freeman Interior Design, Becky is incredibly organized and is known for incredible attention to detail and beautiful layered textile palettes.

U.S.A.

 

Mentor: Kati Curtis New York, New York
Website: www.nirmada.com
Twitter: designerkati

Articles by Kati

Recently featured in The Wall Street Journal, Kati Curtis’s eco-friendly interior design firm brings a sustainable, modern approach to design. Always on the cusp of what is new and innovative, Nirmada creates eclectic and sustainable environments that are beautiful, functional, and uniquely about the clients they work with. Kati’s wealth of diverse experience includes luxury New York City homes, offices, and boutique hospitality projects. Kati is the one of the only LEED AP ID&C residential designers in Manhattan.

Mentor: Beth Dotolo and Carolina V Gentry, Dallas, Texas & Seattle, Washington
Website: www.pulpdesignstudios.com
Twitter: PULPdesigns

Articles by Beth & Carolina

Beth Dotolo, RID, ASID, LEED AP & Carolina V Gentry. Beth & Carolina’s award winning work is frequently published and recently Beth was named one of D Home Magazine’s Best Designers in Dallas 2011. Pulp Design Studios is a boutique design firm with almost 20 years of combined interior design experience with successful projects ranging from luxury apartments in New York City to small local residences on a budget.

Mentor: Elaine Williamson, Dallas, Texas
Website: www.elainewilliamsondesigns.com
Twitter: elainewdesigns

Articles by Elaine

Elaine Williamson is Principal of Dallas-based Elaine Williamson Designs – a full service, award-winning interior design firm that specializes in custom homes and other high-end luxury residential and high rise properties, as well as retail, medical, corporate office, hospitality, and other commercial projects nationwide. With over 20 years experience and clients across the United States, Elaine’s reputation for creating distinctive, highly personalized designs that are modern and elegant with maximum visual appeal, yet entirely functional, comfortable and livable, have made her among Texas’ most sought after professional interior designers.
Mentor: Lisa Kahn Naples, Florida
Website: www.kahndesigngroup.com
Twitter: LisaLKahn

Articles by Lisa

Bringing more than 20 years of visionary experience from the specialized field of luxury interior design, Lisa Kahn delights in creating sanctuaries where her clients live and work, composing the backdrops against which they lead their lives. Lisa is a master at melding the concrete needs of her clients with the spiritual needs we all have for the places we inhabit, carefully blending her keen design sensibilities with an intuitive understanding of the need for refuge in today’s busy world.  With clients from all over the globe and numerous award-winning projects, Lisa has built a successful interior design firm based on honesty, integrity, and a down-to-earth approach.

Mentor: James Saavedra, Los Angeles, California & Austin, Texas
Website: www.saavedradesignstudio.com
Twitter: James_Saavedra

Articles by James

 

Saavedra’s 11-year career includes teaching at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM), hosting TLC’s Clean Sweep, appearing on HGTV’s Design School as an industry expert and mentor, to co-creating a high-end, eco-furniture and couture accessory line JAK Studio Collection. Known for his laser eye for details and the well-edited elegance of his design work, Saavedra is able to pinpoint the most important element of each project – his clients’ connections to their spaces.

Mentor: Erica Islas, Los Angeles, California
Website: www.emiinteriordesign.com
Twitter: EMIIntDesign

Erica Islas is an architectural interior designer and the founder of EMI Interior Design, inc, a Design+Build company specializing in Kitchen and Bathroom Renovations. EMI interior design, inc is a California licensed contractor and has been featured on HGTV and shelter magazines such as Real Simple, Dwell, Real Kitchens, Standard, Nesting Newbies.

 

Mentor: Jamie Beckwith Nashville, Tennessee
Website: www.jamiebeckwith.com
Twitter: BeckwithInt

Articles by Jamie

Jamie Beckwith is a leading trendsetter in the realm of luxury interior design and the founder and design visionary behind the Jamie Beckwith Collection. Since establishing the Jamie Beckwith design practice in 2006, the celebrated interiors authority has achieved a national presence, renowned for her discerning eye and sophisticated interiors for both commercial and residential clients from coast to coast. The Beckwith Collection is the designer’s signature transformative media dedicated to expressing the perfect balance between creativity and design, art and functionality.

 

Mentor: Michelle Jennings Wiebe, Tampa, Forida
Website: www.interiorsbystudiom.com
Twitter: StudioM

 

Articles by Michelle

Studio M is a full service interior design firm located with over twenty years of industry experience in both residential and commercial interior design; specializing in new construction projects including concept development and construction management. Studio M works with each client to help design an interior that reflects not only their taste and style but also their specific lifestyle, values, and accomplishments. Studio M thrives on taking any space and transforming it into both living artistry and functional desirability. Michelle’s passion for interiors is to “develop livable works of art that are timeless.