Bachelors of Arts in Interior Design, 2005
Southwest University of Visual Arts
I believe that design is only as great as the people who come together as a team to build it. In 2005, I graduated from the Southwest University of Visual Arts and started my design career working for a residential design firm here in Tucson. I then transitioned to working for Intertech, an architectural firm specializing in commercial interiors. I spent five years there gaining valuable experience in designing restaurants, hotels, multi-housing facilities, and student living spaces—some locally, while some were on an international scale. Then, I decided it was time to merge my experience in both residential and commercial design and I established Interiors In Design LCC in 2009. I earned a certificate from the National Council for Interior Design Qualification, and I am a professional member of ASID. With dedication and passion, I have built a company with an incredibly close team who carry our strong values into every project we work on.
In my experience, great design for a space starts with getting to know its user, the history and structure of the building, and the culture that surrounds it. At In Design, our team members spend a lot of time getting to know craftsmen, vendors, contractors, and keeping up-to-date on products and inventions that emerge on the market. I love historical buildings, and I am so happy when I have the opportunity to retro-fit them with modern design and technology to create highly functional spaces that still pay tribute to the past. Our designs are driven by lifestyle and use, and I like to keep a global mindset as I bridge cultural aesthetics within design.
I was born and raised in Lithuania and I moved to Arizona in 1996. My European upbringing has greatly impacted my personal aesthetics as well as my design philosophy. My grandfather, Cheslovas Stunskas, was a furniture designer and maker. Anything his hands touched was made to last a lifetime. He taught me that working relationships, built over time and nurtured into friendships, are what make work and life so meaningful, graceful, and fun. Outside of my design work I also create fine art, I’m involved in non-profits, and I’m on the board of Youth on Their Own. If you are interested in viewing my art, visit:
Bachelors of Arts in Interior Design, 2004
Southwest University of Visual Arts
Thinking outside of the box is what I do best, and design gives me the opportunity to transform spaces and use products in unique, unexpected ways. In 2004, I graduated from the Southwest University of Visual Arts and began my journey as a professional designer. I spent the next nine years learning the fundamentals of space planning, researching, and integrating the latest products into design with California Closets as a design consultant. I gained a wealth of experience with the company, and in 2012 I received an award called “The Million Dollar Club” for reaching over two million dollars in sales.
In 2013, my career changed drastically when I decided to take a “leap of faith” and join Eva as her design associate. Several years later I was elected the President of ASID, which has been such a positive learning experience. My journey with In Design has been an incredible one, and I see my colleagues as family now. From Eva and Ana to contractors and vendors, these people are more than business associates to me, and throughout working with each client they become part of our circle as well. I believe that continuous learning, collaboration, and strength in numbers are the best way to create an amazing experience for our clients. I also believe that design is all in the details, and I consider myself to be a very detail-oriented person. Likes, dislikes, passions, colors, organization—listening closely to a client and then translating it onto paper speaks volumes of who we are as a team. When clients are ready to venture out of their comfort zone and try new approaches to design, I will be along for the ride!
I was born in the “Heart of Dixie”, in Mobile, Alabama, and moved to Tucson when I was 21. My upbringing in Alabama plays a vital role in who I am today, and I will always be grateful for my southern roots. My grandparents owned and operated one of the largest and most successful printing companies in the Southeast. I was taught from a young age that work ethic, determination, and dedication are the key components to a successful career. I carry these values with me to every project and aspect of my career here at In Design, and when I can help a client reach their goals with a space, it makes my heart smile.
Bachelors of Arts in Interior Design, 2016
Southwest University of Visual Arts
Designing the spaces where people work, live, and play brings me so much joy. I graduated from the Southwest University of Visual Arts in 2016, and I gained valuable experience through internships that I secured during college. First, I was an intern with a local design firm that specializes in assisted living, then my journey took me to a company that specializes in designing the interiors of private jets. While these experiences provided me with a lot of knowledge, I knew that my passion was for commercial and residential work. I soon discovered Interiors In Design and I was inspired and excited by Brandy and Eva’s work. I am overjoyed each day to work for a company that succeeds in amazing organization and communication.
I have been able to grow along with the company, from Assistant to Junior Designer to Designer/Project Manager. Developing my career with Eva and Brandy has been an incredible experience and I have had the great honor in joining them on some amazing projects. The best part about this experience is the people that I have met along the way. Some of the best things that I’ve learned from these women are: to design with your heart, always be fair, and value all relationships and people in our industry.
I was born in Mexico and raised in a small town in Southern Arizona. My Mexican heritage plays a large role in my work and my inspiration. Family is a core value for me, and I am fortunate to be surrounded by family here in Southern Arizona and a short drive away in Hermosillo. I love visiting Hermosillo because it reminds me of my roots, and the culture there constantly inspires my design work. I love to pick up on ideas from local shops and design firms as I continue to learn along the way.
I have a longstanding passion for design. Years ago, I decided to start courses at the Art Center Design College, which then became the Southwest University of Visual Arts, here in Tucson. It was there that I met Eva, who was my instructor for a handful of my courses on interior design and drafting. During my senior year, I was an intern for In Design, which at the time was being run out of Brandy and Eva’s homes. It has been amazing to watch the business grow! Though I took some time away from design to pursue my passion for food, I happened to run into Eva one day and knew it was right to join back up with the In Design team.
My favorite aspect of designing interiors is transforming old spaces into functional, livable, working environments. I love the challenge of designing a functional space, it reminds me of solving an intricate puzzle. I consider myself so lucky to have worked on a wide variety of projects with In Design, ranging from designing a custom metal gate from scratch to intricate bathroom remodels, as well as student housing remodels, healthcare design, and complete home renovations.
Born in a small town in the black hills of South Dakota, I moved to Phoenix with my parents in high school and watched the city grow before my eyes. About twenty years ago, I decided I needed a change and moved to Tucson—I have been in love with this desert city ever since. In recent years, I have loved to see the revitalization that is happening in downtown Tucson. To see old places and unused spaces being given new life is what I love most about design. To be part of a team that is dedicated to breathing new energy into spaces, whether it is a modest residential remodel or a large commercial project, is what continues to fuel my passion for design.
Working at In Design feels like it was meant to be in so many ways. I came on board to the In Design team as an extension of their accountant and CPA who was closing his doors. I didn’t know this then, but we crossed paths at what is now known as the Southern Arizona University of Visual Arts, also known as The Art Center. I attended high school for a short period at Tucson High with Eva, and also with Brandy at the college while they earned degrees in Interior Design. Although I went on to complete schooling elsewhere and took on a different skillset for my career, it was so fitting and perfect that our careers and lives have once again intersected later in life.
I definitely have strengths in both my left and right brain, as I consider myself to have a good eye for creativity as well as an ability to work with numbers. I grew up in England and moved to the States in 1990 where I began my creative journey. With my love of reading, my passion for art, and my equal love of order and strategy, I found myself working as a bookkeeper for the Interiors In Design, LLC studio where I have worked hard to implement strategies to keep our books clean and our clients happy. I love coming to work with a team of fantastic, creative designers and supporting their efforts to create memorable spaces for a wide variety of clients.
I handle our Accounts Receivable (clients) and Payable (vendors) and as I want you to feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns for our team. You can reach me directly at 520-302-3620 or by office email at Admin@indesignaz.com.
Melissa brings over 20 years of business development and sales experience to the team. As the Director of Business Development at Ephibian, a local software development company, she has been building key relationships across the country for the last 17 years. With a passion for vibrant living that embraces wellness, innovation and design we have found that we are wonderful collaborators. Melissa would be delighted to tell you how we bring unmatched talent to the market with our combined forces. She has served Angel Charities for over ten years, works with the Father’s Day Council and acts as a mentor for The University of Arizona FORGE program. Melissa has a vision for a healthy Tucson ecosystem that leverages inspirational design, leading technology and purposeful ingenuity to keep Tucson thriving.
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