Interior Design Degree: Purdue University School of
Engineering and Technology (IUPUI)
Gretchen has had a long time love of Interior Design, attributed mostly to her high school art history teacher who exposed her to art, architecture and the fascinating history of classic art and design.
She began practicing interior design at Alyson Jon Interiors in Houston TX, designing custom show homes for area builders as well as full-scale projects for private clientele. She is experienced and knowledgeable in all styles of design, seeking to create an end result that fully reflects her client's personality and desires.
Gretchen spent 3 years on the board of the local chapter of Women's Council of Realtors and their fundraising project, Bras for a Cause. She also is involved in local organizations such as the Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center, Board of Trustees of the Leelanau School and the Home Builder's Association. On the side, Gretchen is an avid photographer, painter, and taught an extended education Interior Design course at Northwestern Michigan College for several years. She lives in a farm cottage with her two Shetland Sheepdogs, Teddy and Skipper.
AWARDS: 2017 Parade of Homes, Remodel DivisionWinner: Best Kitchen (Simonis Construction Project)
2011 Home Builder's Association Humanitarian of the Year
Community Service Award:Leading the re-design project for the Children's Advocacy Center lobby
2013 Parade of Homes, New ConstructionWinner: Best Kitchen Runner Up: Interior Design, Master Suite
AFFILIATIONS and DESIGNATIONS:
Certified Home Staging Specialist, CHMS
Women's Council of Realtors, Northern Michigan Chapter
Home Builder's Association of Grand Traverse Area
Interior Design Degree:
Associate of Interior Design
Kitchen and Bath Certificate from Baker College
BA Communications from Saginaw Valley State University
As a design professional, Andrea takes pride in envisioning how a space will serve her clients for years to come. She has a special knack for putting herself in her clients’ shoes and making them feel comfortable with the design process.
She will walk you through the creative and practical sides of design while helping you achieve results that best reflect your individual tastes and needs of your home. With a particular interest in fabrics, patterns and textures, she likes to express her design inspirations primarily through color and textiles. Experience and training has helped her become a very good listener, something that she feels is a key to ensuring that your vision is carried throughout your unique space.
In her free time, Andrea loves spending time with her husband and their two Mini Australian Shepherds-Penny and Rosie, on their boat, hiking and enjoying the great outdoors, and all that beautiful northern Michigan has to offer.
Home Builders Association of Grand Traverse Area
Women’s Council of Realtors
Ann comes to New Leaf with a wide range of experience and 20 years as an Interior Designer. Her extensive knowledge of construction processes is a considerable asset to any project she oversees. She works out of our Glen Arbor studio, primarily.
Her fresh, modern approach to her projects helps her create amazing spaces and mixes it with your lifestyle and desires. Her passion is to ensure you have a home that reflects who you are and makes you proud to share it with your family and friends.
Ann is a Chicago native with strong family ties to northern Michigan, a passion for photography, travel, philanthropy, and above all, residential interior design.
Designer Society of America
Interior Design Degree
Kitchen and Bath Certification
STLCC- Meramec, St. Louis MO
Maryville University, St. Louis MO
Jen is so fortunate to be able to do what she loves every day. Working with families to create spaces that function for them, bring them joy and look amazing!
Since 2003, Jen has been helping clients transform their spaces with a heavy emphasis on kitchen and bathroom design. She loves the details and logistics on how something is going to come together. A big vision needs to be followed up with a plan on how that vision comes to life.
Jen brings with her experience from working for a large kitchen and bathroom remodeling company, a custom cabinet shop as well as running her own successful interior design business. She is excited to bring her skill set and knowledge base to your project.
Being a northern Michigan native, Jen moved to St. Louis Missouri to obtain her degree in Interior Design and Kitchen and Bath Certification. Once she met her Michigan- native husband in St. Louis, they knew they were coming back home to the state they love once married. Jen lives with her husband and daughter in Leelanau County and they enjoy spending time outdoors, playing games and enjoying all Northern Michigan has to offer.
DESIGN COORDINATOR/CABINETRY ENGINEER
Engineering and Design Technology Degree:
Western Michigan University
Amy has been in the kitchen and bath design industry for 16 years. She provides our team with expertise in cabinet construction, technology and design. She creates the technical drawings, and manages the ordering, receiving and installation of all our cabinetry projects, working with the project contractors to ensure your cabinets and counter tops are everything you hoped they'd be and more.
Amy is an Elk Rapids native and spends her free time with her husband and two children, and their dog Luna. Amy also enjoys quilting.
Working towards interior design education
Interior Design Institute
Cadence comes to us as a UP transplant. She relocated to Traverse City to take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities our region offers. She chose to pursue an education in interior design, having had a long-held interest in the industry.
Cadence is usually the first face to greet you when you arrive or call. She supports all our designers with a wide range of responsibilities and helps keep us organized and our projects running smoothly.