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Meet the Designers


Amy Lowe Interiors | Amy Lowe

Amy Lowe started her career in interior design in 1987 after receiving her BS in home economics with a concentration in interior design from Meredith College and completing two years of art school at The Art Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. Her love of tactile materials – fabrics, trims, wallpaper and furniture – was what drew her to interior design. Those items, as well as her ability to connect with her clients have made her business a success.

For Amy, each project is an opportunity to make an aesthetic statement that fills a need, but is distinctive and unique to the client. Whether a residential or commercial project, Amy walks into a site and can visualize the finished result.

Clover Hill Interiors | Sara Veety

Sara Veety

Sara Veety earned her BS in natural resources from Cornell University and an A.A.S.  degree in interior design from Saint Louis Community College. After, she worked at Spellman Brady & Company as a commercial interior designer for two years and became a LEED accredited design professional.

In 2010, Sara opened Clover Hill Interiors so she could help others create homes that were functional and comfortable, yet beautiful, layered and interesting. As an allied member of ASID, Sara’s work has included everything from color and floor plan consultations to complete kitchen and bath remodels. Natural materials, antique or vintage finds and her client’s personal stories all serve as the inspiration for Sara’s work.

Design By Tula LLC | Tula Summerford

Tula Summerford

Relocating to NC after studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and working for two of the most prestigious design houses in the textile industry, Tula became the New Products Design and Development Manager for Westwood Incorporated. There, she coordinates product design, production and technical matters and sales support between the NY office and manufacturing facilities throughout the country.

Through overall design and space planning, Tula believes that whether a home is formal or casual, traditional or modern, all rooms should reflect the client’s personality and style. Interesting fabrics and accessories, used simply and effectively, are her signature. Tula’s design style reflects her belief that you should feel good each time you enter a room that’s been furnished with things you love.

DSL Designs Inc | Deanne Puryear

Deanne Puryear

Deanne Santori Puryear graduated from Meredith College with her BS in interior design and in 1990, started Furnishing Solutions. Ever since then, Deanne has been designing and delivering beautiful interiors.

In 2000, DSL Designs was born and Deanne continued her successful design business in offering the Triangle the best selection of wall coverings, floor coverings, fabrics, furniture and accessories, all at competitive prices.

She now has a quaint showroom at 606 Wade Avenue where her design samples are housed, as well as a booth at Hunt and Gather Fine Estate Furnishings to showcase other fun finds. DSL Designs is excited to help you with your next design project and looks forward to making many more interiors beautiful along the way.

Furnishing Solutions | Marian Harrison

Marian Harrison

Marian is committed to classic design and is drawn to the approach of infusing antiques and original art with fresh modern fabric to establish a unique transitional edge for the home or work place. Marian has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina and Bachelor of Arts degree from the American College for the Applied Arts, and has 20 plus years’ experience in store planning, visual merchandising, and interior design.

Hunt and Gather Fine Estate Furnishings, Glenwood Avenue | Abbott Tompkins-Hudgins

Abbott Tompkins-Hudgins

Abbott Tompkins-Hudgins has been at the helm of the ship at Hunt and Gather Fine Estate Furnishings for the past six years as both Co-Owner and Managing General Partner.

Hunt and Gather is a 15,000 square foot showroom with a huge variety of unique pieces gleaned from all over the country. The store is a perfect place for Abbott to exercise his own particular brand of southern hospitality and provide personal attention to everyone who walks through the door. He has been in the design field for over twenty years and his love of color is evident in his work. Abbott loves interacting with people and helping them achieve their own vision of home.

Inspirations Home Décor and More | Beverly Nichols

Beverly Nichols

Beverly J.  Nichols is the co-owner of Inspirations Home Décor and More, which opened in February 2014 and already has quite the following.

A longtime Raleigh native, Beverly opened and operated Designs by House Works from 1980-2014. Her projects know no limits and are sought after nationwide, spanning residential to commercial services. Her work has been recognized in Family Circle, House Beautiful, as well as featured in Garage Gold and other reality television programs.

Beverly’s business model is to make every project timeless, comfortable and visually stunning for each individual client.

Laura Redd Interiors | Laura Redd

Laura Redd

Since 1998, Laura Redd Interiors has specialized in reinspiration, using items and spaces her clients already own and adding special touches like window treatments, custom furniture, art, rugs and accessories to create the home of their dreams.

Laura also provides space planning, design and staging services for quick home sales and relocation and downsizing consultations for aging in place designs.

From concept to completion, Laura incorporates her clients’ wants and needs to create the home they envision. Whether selecting paint color or creating whole house designs, Laura Redd pulls together the essential elements for exceptional, everyday living spaces.

Nancy Nemeth Interiors | Nancy Nemeth

Nancy Nemeth

After a varied career in Atlanta working in project management and web design for Reebok, tech firms and an Internet start-up, Nancy ultimately ended up back in NC and returned to her love of decorating. After many years helping friends decorate and at the urging of others, she started Nancy Nemeth Interiors in 2010.

Whether it’s helping a client choose paint colors or implementing a scope that involves an entire home, Nancy is able to incorporate a client’s items, along with carefully selected design finishes, to create a home they will love. Her favorite part of the design process is seeing the happiness and excitement on a client’s face at the end of a project.

Sea Change Home Furnishings | Ellan Maynard

Ellan Maynard

Ellan Maynard, after several decades in public policy, finding herself with grown children and some extra time on her hands, decided to pursue a lifelong interest in home décor. She started by painting, as well as refurbishing furniture available to her as a result of downsizing her home and these two interests caught fire.

Ellan now shows both her furniture and paintings at Hunt and Gather Fine Estate Furnishings and on 1st Dibs, a luxury online home furnishing website. She displays her paintings and furnishings on her Facebook page for Sea Change Home Furnishings. She is known for her midcentury modern collection that is sprinkled with more traditional items.

Southern Studio Interior Design | Martha Brown

Martha Brown

Martha finds her passion for design by making each project unique for each individual client. Martha graduated from Meredith College with a degree in interior design and minor in studio art and international business. She stays active within the design community by being an active member of ASID Carolinas Chapter. She attends many conventions and workshops from a local to international level where she has the opportunity to stay on the cutting edge of design.

Susan Tollefsen Interiors | Susan Tollefsen

Raleigh-based Susan Tollefsen has been an interior designer for twelve years. Design has been a lifelong passion of Susan’s and she always brings freshness and a new perspective to every project. Her sense of style is fun yet thought provoking, ever stylish with a twist.Winner of the 2009 Nation’s Next Top Model Home design competition, Susan creates interiors that have meaning to them. “It’s easy to pull off clean and simple interiors,” she says, “but I encourage clients to go a step further. The goal is to have a room that is rich and interesting, not like something you’d find in a mass-marketed furniture showroom. And as Jonathon Adler says, ‘you should have something inappropriate in every room,’ I believe in that!”

The Gilded Acorn | Mary Nell Thompson

Mary Nell Thompson

Mary Nell Thompson, owner of The Gilded Acorn, has been working in the Triangle residential market since 1993. Her design experience and construction engineering background allow her to assist clients from the conceptual floor plans through the entire design process. She even had a renovation project featured in a 2004 issue of Home Magazine.Her love of architecture, passion for antiques and refined decorating eye combine for a beautiful mix. She believes in timeless design – incorporating classic upholstery styles, quality rugs and antique accessories and furniture with “pops of new.” Her goal is for every client’s home to tell a story. “Visitors to the home should quickly be able to figure out a favorite color, hobby or passions of the owner.”

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